Laurier: 41 Waterloo: 10
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WATERLOO, Ont. (September 14, 2013) - Running back Dillon Campbell
of Whitby, Ont., rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (1-3) to a 41-10 victory over the Waterloo Warriors (1-3) on Saturday night.
Campbell, who opened the game with a touchdown on the Hawks first possession after accounting for all 31 yards on the opening drive, eclipsed the 100 yard mark for the second consecutive week and established a new personal single-game best with his performance.
"I think I did a good job, but I owe it all to my offensive line," commented Campbell after his performance. "They did a great job, and I got the glory."
The victory was also a milestone for head coach MICHAEL FAULDS
. The youngest head coach in the nation earned his first career victory as a bench boss in the annual Battle of Waterloo showdown.
"It feels really good," said Faulds following the game. "More to get the monkey off my back, but hopefully it'll be one of many."
Also earning his first career victory was quarterback James Fracas
of Waterloo, Ont. The graduate of Sir John A. MacDonald SS, located just minutes from Warrior Field, earned the win in his first career start after taking over starting duties from Julien John
of Burlington, Ont.
Fracas finished the game 15 of 26 for 170 yards through the air and added nine yards and a touchdown on the ground.
"I think it's always nice to get that first win," said Fracas on his achievement. "Our offence, we had a great game plan coming into the game. Obviously our running game was phenomenal. Dillon Campbell
played the best I've seen a running back play and we really rode his back and that helped with this game."
Laurier's success on Saturday night was generated by their running game, highlighted by Campbell. Accounting for over 270 yards, the Hawks pounded the Warriors defence series after series. All four of the purple and gold's scores came on the ground and the Hawks now have five rushing majors on the season, a year after recording just one.
Field position also played a major role in the victory, especially in the first quarter. The Hawks defence, combined the some poor kicking from the Warriors, meant the ball never crossed into Laurier territory until the final minute of the quarter. That led to a pair of touchdowns and two field goals that staked the Hawks to a 20-0 lead.
With Campbell leading the way for the offence, defence and special teams prevented the Warriors from generating any momentum. The Hawks forced six turnovers on the night, including interceptions from Jordan Schulz
of Waterloo, Ont., and William Pitt-Doe of Mississauga, Ont., and fumble recoveries from Brandon Calver
of London, Ont., Sam Montazeri
of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Stuart Smith of Mississauga, Ont.
To complete the total team effort, kicker Ronnie Pfeffer
of Kitchener, Ont., finished the game 4-for-5 on field goals after starting the season 3-for-7.
Up next for the Hawks, they get set to face the No. 3 Western Mustangs on Saturday, September 21, a game in which Faulds will square off against the team he spent five seasons playing for.
"No ones playing better than them in the OUA right now," stated Faulds on Laurier's upcoming opponent. "It's going to be a tough one but we're going to ride this momentum and play really well."
NOTES: Pitt-Doe also continue his move up Laurier's single-season kickoff returns list in the contest as his 47 yards moves him into fourth all-time for single season yards with 309...defensive back Chris Ackie
of Cambridge, Ont., finished as the Hawks leading tackler with seven total tackles to go along with a pass breakup