Windsor, Ont. - The Windsor Lancer Football team clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year with a 39-29 win over the visiting Ottawa Gee Gees on Friday night at Alumni Field.
With the victory, the Lancers move to 5-1 on the season, while the Gee-Gees drop to 4-3. Prior the start of the game the Lancers paid tribute to their graduating seniors as part of the games official coin toss.
Tai Pham made Lancer history in the win becoming Windsor's all-time leader in career sacks with 17.5.
Lancer quarterback Austin Kennedy led the Blue & Gold with 227 yards and one touchdown on 16-for-28 passing. His touchdown puts him 5 passing touchdowns away from securing the OUA record, currently held by Josh Sacobie with 79.
On the ground, the Lancers were once again led by Tarrence Crawford with 142 yards and one touchdown. Beau Lumley had an exceptional game for Windsor leading all receivers with 99 yards on 6 catches, and contributing 91 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Defensively, Joe Iatzko had a standout game with 12.5 total tackles and 2 sacks.
Ottawa quarterback Derek Wendel finished the game 25-for-44 for 326 yards, with three touchdowns, two interceptions, and five sacks. Bryce Vieira led the visitors in rushing with 83 yards and a touchdown, while Mitchell Baines had 81 yards in the air on seven catches.
Tarik Bonas kicked off the Lancers first scoring drive when he picked off Wendel and went 48-yards down the field to the Ottawa 2-yard line. Nick Vincent finished the score on the next play with a two yard jaunt into the end zone.
Just four minutes later, Tarrence Crawford went 27-yards into the end zone for the Lancers second score of the quarter.
Anthony Malandruccolo kicked off the second quarter with a 14 yard field goal on the Lancers first drive of the frame to put Windsor up 17-1. Beau Lumley added to the score board at 6:19 of the quarter, giving the Blue & Gold a 24-1 edge.
The Gee-Gees did not back down and went on a 14-0 run to close out the half as Vieira added two scores, a one yard run and a 22 yard pass from Wendel.
Windsor opened the second half with a 12-0 run that spanned the entire third quarter and included a safety, a four yard pass from Kennedy to Dylan Whitfield, and a 19-yard field goal from Malandruccolo.
The final quarter saw the Gee-Gees attempt a late rally, including a TD on the final play of the game, but the Lancer defense held the visitors at bay to seal the win 39-29.
The Lancers will now hit the road to close out the regular season as they head to the nation's capital next Saturday to take on the Carleton Ravens, and will close out the year in London against their arch rivals, the Western Mustangs. Both games can be seen live at www.oua.tv.
Source: Windsor Lancers