Golden Gaels Photos
Queen's Golden Gaellery by Jeff Chan
Laurier at Queen's 20080913
The Gaels wanted revenge for a sub-par 23-4 loss last year when the two teams started the game at 4-0 and were two of three undefeated teams (with Ottawa) in the OUA. Turnovers (2 picks and 2 fumbles lost) and a sputtering offense did in the Gaels, despite 171 yards rushing from Mike Giffin. This year Laurier is coming off a loss to Western and a close win over Guelph, and shows signs of a njury-riddled and young O-line. Ryan Lynch ranks 20th in CIS rushing a far cry from his 2008 performance, and the QB-by-Committee of Ian Noble and Luke Thompson rank 14th in CIS passing yards. The Hawks defense is allowing 434 yards per game and 22 points, which bodes well for the Gaels offense, but is comparable to our own defense which has allowed 479 yards and 20.5 points a game. Expect the Queen's defense to tighten up their play significantly against a team that is only scoring 17.5 poimts a game and gaining over 200 net yards per game less than the Gaels.
QUEEN'S 41, LAURIER 7
... can't believe they got those 7 points before the first half ended! As predicted, the defense stepped it up, holding the Hawks to 60 yards in net offense, 6 first downs, and recording 9, count'em 9, sacks, 5.5 by Dee Sterling, the player of the game, and OUA Athlete of the Week. Rookie Josh Sultana made a big impact with a fumble recovery and an interception.
On the other side of the line, a tale of two cities. On the plus side, net offense of 639 yards, including 205 on the ground (115 of those by Mike Giffin who also had a TD and marked his 13th consecutive game over 100 yards, and 62 by Danny Brannagan), and 439 yards on 22 of 38 pass attempts by Brannagan. Scott Valberg had a career day grabbing 6 passes for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns, Scott Stinson had 5 for 111 yards and one TD, and Devan Sheahan added 5 passes for 68 yards.
On the not-so-plus side, the Gaels gave up 2 fumbles and 4 picks, two of which were in the end zone to snuff out scoring chances. So you tell me... when's the last time you saw a team commit SIX turnovers and still win big, 41-7? Gotta be much better against the good teams coming up though!
The balance of the scoring came from 2.33 field goals, and 4 converts for 11 points from Dan Village, and courtesy of the Queen's defense, 3 conceded safeties by Laurier, equalling an unconverted touchdown.
Next week, the Gaels are in Toronto to face the resurgent Varsity Blues who are now 2-1, after a 58-7 shellacking of their crosstown rivals York Lions. As much as we all like and respect Bob Howes, the former Gaels Head Coach, the intent will be to rain on the parade of the new Director of Football Operations at Toronto. A pre-game gathering at Gabby's on Bloor across from the stadium begins at 11:00am. Game time is 1:00pm.
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