KINGSTON, Ont. (August 30, 2015) - The Gaels (1-0) opened up their OUA season at home to the Carleton Ravens (0-1) and came back from an early 14-0 deficit to win 34-24 thanks to Jesse Andrews (Arnprior, Ont.) and Doug Corby (Burlington, Ont.) who each had a pair of touchdowns.
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Andrews finished with 21 rushes for 178-yards and two touchdowns while Corby had nine receptions for 137-yards and two touchdowns. Gaels quarterback Nate Hobbs (Mississauga, Ont.) finished the game 24 of 36 with 338-yards and two touchdowns while on defenceNelkas Kwemo (Montreal) led all players with seven tackles. The Ravens were led by Nathaniel Behar who caught four passes for 105-yards and one touchdown.
The Ravens got off to a quick start against the Gaels Sunday afternoon jumping out front 14-0 early in the first quarter. First it was Ravens quarterback Jesse Mills hitting Dexter Brown for a 16-yard score followed by a big play from Mills to Nathaniel Behar for a 74-yard score at the 8:50 mark.
The Gaels answered back before the end of the quarter with a nine-yard touchdown reception by Corby to cut the lead down to 14-7. The Gaels went six plays for 71 yards on the drive which saw Curtis Carmichael (Scarborough, Ont.) with two big catches one for 40 yards and one for seven yards which set up the Corby score.
Both teams slowed down offensively in the second quarter until Andrews took over and continued to give the Ravens nightmares. He finished off a 65-yard drive with a punch in from two yards out to even the game at 14-14. The Ravens finished off the second quarter with two drives ending in field goals to take a 20-14 lead heading into half-time.
In the second half it was all Gaels. First up was a 39-yard field goal from Dillon Wamsley (London, Ont.) and four minutes later Queen's quarterback Hobbs threw a 50-yard bomb to a wide-open Corby for an easy score to put Queen's ahead for the first time 24-20. The third quarter was capped off with Andrews breaking four tackles on a 21-yard rushing touchdown, his second of the afternoon. In the fourth quarter the Ravens recorded two straight safety's on back-to-back drives to bring the game within a touchdown 31-24. Wamsley put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter with a 27-yard field goal and Chris Mackey (Oshawa, Ont.) picked off Mills to finish the game.
"I think we can be more consistent on defence and if we can have the second half that we had all season than we'll be in good shape. We had a pretty good end to the game today but we can't sit back and we need to bring more, there are always things to correct and I know the defence is prepared to step it up a notch." - Linebacker Nelkas Kwemo
I thought that it was a typical first week game, there was nearly 1000 yards offensive, there was a lot of big plays made today and some mistakes as well. On our side I thought we did a good job managing the penalties, and that our big guys played well for us. Defensively I thought we were a little up and down, the closer they got to our goal line the more stubborn we got and that bows well for us in the weeks ahead." - Head Coach Pat Sheahan
BY THE NUMBERS
1995 - The last time Carleton beat Queen's was September 16, 1995
338 - Passing yards for Hobbs in his first career CIS start. He finished the day 24-36 with two touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing three times for 20 yards
422 - Rushing yards for Jesse Andrews in his last two games against the Ravens
1:26 - Difference in possession time in favour of Carleton
137 - Number of receiving yards caught by Doug Corby
74 - Longest play on the day a catch by Behar that he took in for a touchdown for the Ravens
7 - Tackles made by Nelkas Kwemo, a game high for either team
2 - Number of touchdowns scored by both Andrews and Corby
The Gaels (1-0) will travel to Ottawa next Sunday to face the Ottawa Gee-Gees on September 6th at 1pm. Ottawa was on a bye-week for week one and will host Queen's for their first football game of 2015. The Gaels return home the following week on September 12 to take on Waterloo.
Source: Queen's Gaels