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.
When playoff time rolls around, it’s no surprise to see the veteran players step up, which is exactly what Western’s Alex Taylor did en route to the Mustangs’ semifinal victory over Carleton on Saturday.
Special teams heroics are nothing new for Jason Richards and he showcased that game-changing ability again Saturday with a play that may have not gotten all the notoriety of the team’s game-winning touchdown but was equally critical.
The running back position was a bit of a question mark for the Guelph Gryphons coming into the season, but with the arrival of rookie Jean-Paul Cimankinda, that question mark has turned into one of the team’s greatest strengths.
The Carleton Ravens turned in a quarterfinal victory on Saturday, largely keeping the McMaster Marauders at bay for the majority of the day, and they can thank much of that success to the strong play of Kene Onyeka.
Just like he did to end the regular season, Gabe Ferraro has kicked his way to Special Teams Player of the Week honours to open the playoffs, helping his Guelph Gryphons defeat the Waterloo Warriors in quarterfinal action.
York's Kadeem Thomas had an outstanding game on defence for the Lions in the team’s final game of the 2018 season, and his individual effort tabs him as this week’s standout defensive player in the OUA.
Big kicks are nothing new for Ferraro and the fifth-year phenom was his clutch self against the Warriors on Saturday en route to him being named the OUA Special Teams Player of the Week. Ferraro nailed four field goals that not only helped his team to victory, but also put his name in the U SPORTS record books again.
Gabe Ferraro's illustrious university kicking career is nearing an end and the two-time All-Canadian is not going out quietly. On Saturday, Ferraro accounted for 22 of his team's 46 points in a 46-8 win over the visiting Toronto Varsity Blues.
Fourth-year running back Cedric Joseph tallied an incredible 355 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries to help lead the Western football team to the 66-14 win over the Windsor Lancers at TD Stadium.