In a game that didn’t go the Gaels’ way on the scoreboard, Queen’s did receive a bright spot from Ben Arhen, who continued to highlight the special teams skill across the OUA with a highlight reel return of his own.
Going up against one of the best offences in the country, it is important that the counter punch is firing on all cylinders, and for the Queen’s Gaels, they can thank Rasheed Tucker for offering up the much-needed firepower in the Tricolour’s win over Toronto on Saturday.
In a battle that saw two of the conference’s top offences go head-to-head, the difference in the game came down to Marc Liegghio’s foot, and as has been the norm throughout his Western Mustangs career, the veteran kicker delivered.
There is a new face in the Gryphon backfield in 2019 with first-year running back Kaine Stevenson winning the starting job right out of training camp and he gave fans a glimpse of his bright future with a monster performance in Guelph’s Week 4 trip to Waterloo.
Defence was a key part of the equation in the tilt between Laurier and Ottawa on Saturday, and helping the Gee-Gees gallop to their hard-fought victory in that one was Kyle Rodger, who managed to be all over the field in the win.
The Waterloo Warriors needed every bit of offence they could muster in what turned out to be a shoot out with the Windsor Lancers, and Dion Pellerin did all he could and then some to play his part for the black and gold to come out victorious.
Gryphon rookie linebacker Justin Lauzon has impressed since setting foot on University of Guelph campus. The St-Hyacinthe, Quebec native earned a spot in the Gryphon linebacking corps right out of the gates and this past Saturday produced the best game of his young career.
There wasn’t much separation between Waterloo and Windsor on Saturday when the two teams lit up the scoreboard, but when the clock hit zero and the winning team was crowned, it was the leg of Warriors kicker Jonah Zlatinszky that proved to be just enough of a difference.
Fourth-year quarterback Clay Sequeira had another standout night, leading the Varsity Blues football team to a 54-26 victory over the Windsor Lancers in their 2019 home opener on Sunday night at Varsity Stadium.
Gryphon third-year linebacker Jared Beeksma had the biggest game of his university career on Sunday night in Ottawa, helping propel the Gryphons to a 37-20 victory over the No. 8-ranked Carleton Ravens.
The Windsor Lancers came away with the 34-17 win against York in their Week 1 tilt, and while the Lions earned the edge in the passing game, it was Windsor’s ground attack, led by an explosive effort from Jacob Savoni, that ultimately earned them the season opening victory.
In a game that saw the Laval Rouge et Or get off to a quick start offensively, the Mustangs needed their top-ranked defence to step up in a big way to get momentum back on their side; something that linebacker Michael Moore was able to oblige.
For the second straight week, the Western Mustangs did not need to rely on the trustworthy boot of Marc Liegghio very often, but once again, the purple ponies’ kicker came through each time he stepped on the field to tally a nine-point output on the day.
He wasn’t called upon often in the Yates Cup, as a result of the Mustangs’ consistent ability to find the end zone on Saturday, but kicker Marc Liegghio made the most of his time on the field to help Western maintain their keen edge on the championship stage.