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Queen's at Laurier 20160828
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QUEEN'S 18, LAURIER 37
GROUSE AND THE DEFENCE LOOK SHARP BUT TURNOVERS COST QUEEN'S IN 37-18 LOSS
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The Queen's Gaels (0-1) saw victory snatched away late by the Laurier Golden Hawks (1-0) in a 37-18 loss after turnovers proved costly in the final minutes. Phoenix Grouse (Dartmouth, N.S.) led the way for the Gaels picking up a pair of sacks and an interception on a big day for the defence in front of 1,144 fans in Waterloo.
The Gaels got off to a strong start thanks to a big return from Jonah Pataki (Wallaceburg, Ont.) who followed that up with a pair of good rushes for the Gaels offensively. As Queen's approached mid-field Nate Hobbs (Mississauga, Ont.) was intercepted by Ron Kinga who set the Laurier offence up well into the Gaels end.
On a pass by Julien John into the back of the endzone, Jake Firlotte (Abbotsford, B.C.) got a hand on the ball, and Wesley Mann (Almonte, Ont.) made an acrobatic play to haul in the interception.
The Golden Hawks kicker Nathan Mesher put the first points on the board shortly after as he hit a pair of field goals. The first was a 49-yard shot, his new personal best, followed soon after by a 40-yard attempt that also found its way through the uprights. Laurier held the edge early 6-0.
With the Gaels offence unable to get much momentum early it was once again the defence coming through with big plays. Connor Gascoigne (Halifax) picked up his first career CIS interception deep into Queen's territory. The Gaels were forced to concede a safety making it 8-0 for the Golden Hawks.
In the second quarter, the Chris Osei-Kusi (Brampton, Ont.) show took over. Hauling in a total of 47-yards on four receptions and setting up an easy 2-yard touchdown run for Pataki giving the Gaels their first points of the afternoon.
The Queen's defensive unit continued to impress as well, this time, the defensive line. Phoenix Grouse (Dartmouth, N.S.) stuffed a rush for no gain and followed that up with a sack on John for a significant loss.
That set up the Gaels with a 39-yard field goal attempt that Liberatore missed left but the Gaels added a single point making it 8-8.
A long punt from Mesher in the final minute of the quarter resulted in a single for Laurier, and the score was 9-8 for the Golden Hawks at the half.
The defence picked up where they left off as Grouse stayed hot for Queen's picking up another sack, forcing a Laurier punt. A few possessions later it was Luke McQuilkin (Burlington, Ont.) making his mark jumping on a fumbled ball by Laurier to stop any scoring threat.
The offence turned the Golden Hawk mistake into points as Hobbs hit Matteo Del Brocco (Kingsville, Ont.) in the corner of the endzone and the talented receiver made an over the shoulder catch to put the Gaels out front 15-9.
The trouble continued for Laurier quarterback John as Mann nabbed his second interception of the day.
Laurier was quick to respond after getting the ball back, and Kurleigh Gittens made it 16-15 for Laurier.
The Gaels regained the lead in the fourth as Liberatore nailed his first career CIS field goal, a 31-yarder making it 18-16 Gaels.
After showing his ability to get to the quarterback earlier in the game, Grouse blocked a John pass and grabbed onto it for an interception.
The Golden Hawks defence took over late in the game as Godfrey Onyeka picked off a Hobbs pass and took it all the way for a touchdown. The Gaels fumbled on the resulting kickoff, and Laurier struck again as John hooked up with Mario Villamizar to make it 30-18 Laurier.
The Golden Hawks tacked on another to make the final 37-18.
BY THE NUMBERS
47 - Yards receiving on the Gaels first touchdown drive for Osei-Kusi
4 - Interceptions by the Gaels in the game
9 - Sacks by the Golden Hawks
6 - Pick six for Onyeka to put the Golden Hawks ahead late
8 - Different rushers for Laurier on the day
The Queen's University Football Players of the Week for the period ending August 28, 2016 are Chris Osei-Kusi on offence, Phoenix Grouse on defence, and Nick Liberatore on special teams from the 37-18 loss to Laurier.
Chris Osei-Kusi (Brampton, Ont.) is the Queen's University Offensive Football Player of the Week. The second-year receiver made a career high eight receptions in Sunday's game, including four catches on one drive to set up the Gaels first touchdown of the 2016 season. With a total of 74 receiving yards, Osei-Kusi also tacked on a 20 yard kickoff return.
Phoenix Grouse (Dartmouth, N.S.) is the Queen's University Defensive Football Player of the Week. The third year defensive lineman had the best game of his CIS career, recording his first CIS sacks and his first CIS interception. Grouse finished the game with four solo tackles, two of which were sacks for a total loss of 11 yards. The interception came on a play where he blocked the throw before diving to make the catch and give the Gaels possession.
Nick Liberatore (Dartmouth, N.S.) is the Queen's University Special Teams Football Player of the Week. In his first game at the CIS level, the rookie earned his first CIS point on a rouge, before later hitting his first CIS field goal from 31 yards to give Queen's an 18-16 lead. Liberatore also punted for nearly 400 yards on 11 attempts, recording a personal best 49 yarder, and hit three kickoffs for 184 yards.
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