Laurier: 20 York: 33
TORONTO (September 7, 2013) - After jumping out to an early lead, the Wilfrid Laurier University men's football team (0-3) could not hold off the York Lions (1-1) in the second half as they fell 33-20 on Saturday afternoon at York Stadium.
Led by quarterback Myles Gibbon of Montreal, the Lions scored 28 unanswered points over the course of the second and third quarters after the Golden Hawks stormed ahead 15-0 early in the game. Gibbons ability to control the game with his legs and his arm proved to be the difference as York defeated Laurier for the first time since 2002.
"Myles is a great scrambler," said Laurier head coach MICHAEL FAULDS
on Yorks quarterback. "Just when you think you have him in your grasp he's able to move around and make up some plays. He's a fifth year player, he's able to use his legs and we weren't quite able to get him in our grasp."
Despite starting the season with two losses, the Hawks started the game off looking like the more confident of the two teams. Playing in a driving wind and rain, the Hawks moved the ball efficiently in the opening quarter. After York conceded a safety to give them the lead, the Hawks found the scoreboard again as quarterback Julien John
of Oakville, Ont., hit Greg Nyhof
of Georgetown, Ont., and Laurier took an 8-0 lead after 15 minutes.
Early in the second quarter, the Hawks found the end zone again as running back Dillon Campbell
of Whitby, Ont., busted outside for a 69 yard major.
"I held the edge perfectly," said Campbell of his career-long run. "And when I saw the safety coming down I said 'he's not going to get me a second time', no way. So I made sure I got that stiff arm on him and took it to the house."
With a 15-point lead, the Hawks allowed the Lions back into the game thanks to a field goal and conceded safety but still lead 15-5 at the half.
In the third quarter, the game turned completely around as the Lions scored 23 unanswered points. Sparked by Gibbon, who ran for one score and threw for two others, York scored three touchdowns and led 28-15 heading into the fourth.
The Hawks would get back to within eight points after another safety and a 44-yard field goal from Ronnie Pfeffer
of Kitchener, Ont., but that was as close as they would get as the Lions came away with a win.
Gibbon was the big playmaker on the day for the Lions as he finished the game 14 of 28 for 211 yards while adding 155 yards on the ground. Errol Brooks of Toronto, also had a big afternoon with 97 yards and a touchdown through the air and 86 yards rushing. James Tuck of Aurora, Ont., led the defence with nine tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Campbell led Laurier's offensive effort with 146 yards rushing, a new career-high, and a touchdown. Thomas Majka
of Mississauga, Ont., was the defensive leader with 7.5 tackles.
Up next for the Hawks, they will travel across Waterloo to face the Warriors on Saturday, September 14. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Warrior Field.
NOTES: Rookie returner William Pitt-Doe of Mississauga, Ont., racked up over 200 yards in returns, including 194 on kick returns...attendance at York Stadium was 2,040