Talks with Hawks

Episode 11: Bizarre Plays

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For this episode’s edition, I asked a number of coaches on the Hawks staff to briefly relay to me the most bizarre play that they have ever been involved in. For me, it was a semifinal game in 2003 for a high school team I coached. We trailed 14 to 13 with 1 second left. We had used about 4 or 5 kickers that year and the guy who debuted as our kicker the previous week was actually one of our starting linebackers. During the game, he had missed two easy field goals and there was a botched extra point that wasn’t his fault. Now, it was down to the last play of the game and an attempt from about 30 yards. The field goal attempt was wide. The other team punted the ball out to avoid giving up a single point which would have tied the game…READ MORE.

Episode 10: Chris Reddy and Matt Fischer

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Matt Fischer played offensive line for Laurier in 2011 and 2012. Chris Reddy played offensive line for WLU from 2013 to 2017. Not everyone knows it, but those 2 guys are brothers. Matt got married to his wonderful wife, Esthera last summer. It was a great event that I had the privilege to attend. They have a beautiful daughter named Lily who just turned 2. Chris is in the process of becoming a fire fighter. He is also a talented musician. In today’s column, we will try to solve a debate that has challenged the minds of many football pundits: who was better?…READ MORE.

Episode 9: Ese Mrabure-Ajufo

 

Ese Mrabure-Ajufo was a force on the defensive line for the Hawks from 2011 to 2014.  An OUA All Star in his senior year, he was the fifth overall pick in the 2015 CFL draft by the British Columbia Lions. Currently a free agent looking for a new team, he has found his current joy in spending time with his new daughter Imani…READ MORE.

Episode 8: Tim Bisci

 

In my senior year of high school football, our head coach thought we needed an upgrade in a few areas, so he convinced a guard, a linebacker, and a QB from 3 rival schools to transfer to ND. The QB was Tim Bisci. We were a running team and he was fast as lightening and a very effective option quarterback.  At Laurier, he was immediately converted to a defensive back.  He was a two time OUA All Star, a key member of the 1991 Vanier Cup championship team, and a WLU Hall of Fame inductee in 2003. Moreover, he has been a very successful high school coach at Notre Dame in Welland for two decades…READ MORE.

Episode 7: Stacey Coray

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In 1970, Stacey Coray and Roan Kane became the first black players to play for WLU (they were joined by Howard Masters a year later). I was able to track down Mr. Coray for an interview. Coray was a defensive back who played for 3 years before moving on to the CFL and then a very successful career. He was kind enough to spend an hour with me reminiscing about his father, his playing days, and his life now. Interestingly enough, he was on his way to visit his father, and that was the subject of my 1st question…READ MORE.

Episode 6: Kickers Roundtable

 

Other than perhaps the goaltender in hockey or soccer, no position in team sports is so full of pressure than the kicker in football. They sit on the sideline the majority of the game and when they do come in for a field goal or an extra point, they are expected to be perfect. For punts, they are expected to bomb one every time. Today we talk to six of Laurier’s former kickers:  Chris Mamo, Spiros Anastasakis, Ed Becker, Brian Devlin, Ronnie Pfeffer, and Nathan Mesher…READ MORE.

Episode 5: Chris Vlowianitis

 

A typical university football roster in Canada has now over 100 players, but only less than half of those players will dress on game day. What is the experience like for those who don’t get to lace up their cleats on Saturdays in the fall? Today’s interview examines that reality.

Chris Vlowianitis was a WR on the Laurier Roster in 2004 and 2005, after an extremely successful high school career at St. Francis Xavier in Mississauga, where I was his Offensive Coordinator. Although Chris was a part of the back-to-back Yates Cup championship teams, and a member of the Vanier Cup championship squad, Chris never made the game day dress squad as a Golden Hawk…READ MORE.

Episode 4: Rohan Thompson

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Our fourth episode features Rohan Thompson, who played with linebacker for the Hawks from 2000 to 2002.  In his 3 years at WLU, he was selected as the team MVP once and an OUA 1st Team All Star twice…READ MORE.

Episode 3: David Montoya

 

Our third episode features former WLU defensive lineman David Montoya. He was a key member of the 2004 Yates Cup championship team and the 2005 Vanier Cup championship team. In 2005, he was also a 2nd team OUA All Star as well as the Defensive MVP in the Vanier Cup. He played with the Hawks from 2003 to 2006 and again in 2010. I first met David in 2011 or 2012 and he is easily one of the nicest, most positive people I have ever met. He is one of those people whose energy just brings up the entire room. He was kind enough to invite me over to his place to do our interview.  An unexpected BBQ fire turned our medium steaks into Chicago-style, but it was still an enjoyable meal…READ MORE.

Episode 2: Chris Ackie

 

Today’s interview features a defensive back who played with the Golden Hawks from 2011-2014, Chris Ackie. A feature in the WLU defence from day 1, Ackie was named Rookie of the Year in 2011. He continued to impress throughout his OUA career, being named a 2nd team OUA All Star in his third season, and a 1st team All Canadian in his Senior year. In the spring of 2015, he was drafted 4th overall in the CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes…READ MORE.

Episode 1: Scott Hutter

 

In today’s edition of “Talks with Hawks”, Morrissey chats with Hutter about topics such as his time as a Golden Hawk, COVID-19 and its effect on the life of a CFL player, and walking into an Edmonton Eskimos locker room for the first time and seeing some familiar faces… READ MORE.