LONDON, Ont. (October 9, 2014) – The No. 10 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team were handed a 61-20 loss by the No. 4 Western Mustangs on Thursday night at TD Stadium.
The Mustangs, who started backup quarterback Stevenson Bone of Darien, CT in the place of injured starter Will Finch of Burlington, Ont., used a deadly combination of accurate passing and strong running to improve to 5-1 on the season.
The loss drops the Hawks to 4-2 and represents the ninth straight defeat Laurier has suffered at the hands of the Mustangs.
“They were definitely motivated,” commented head coach MICHAEL FAULDS on a Western team coming off their first loss of the year. “It’s not like we weren’t motivated but they’re a powerful team. You can see why they’re in the elite class in the OUA and this was a big challenge for us.”
It was not all bad news on the day for Laurier as running back Dillon Campbell of Whitby, Ont., became the Hawks all-time single season rushing leader. In the purple and gold’s sixth game of the season, Campbell rushed for 111 yards on 18 carries to surpass Jim Reid’s record of 1,078 yards. The fourth year back now has 1,132 on the year, breaking Reid’s mark established back in 1977.
He also added his eleventh touchdown of the year, as he continues to lead the nation in both rushing yards and touchdowns, while making five catches for 87 yards to finish as Laurier’s leading receiver.
“Early on they were really focusing in on Dillon, like we expected,” said Faulds of his feature back. “Early couple of drives they did shut him down and then we kind of popped a couple weak there and got him in space. We knew that we got to find ways to get him the ball because even if they’re going to shut down the run, Dillon is a great receiver. We used him out of the backfield pretty well.”
Bone was the story of the game for Western as the third year pivot, making his first career start, used his arm and his legs to help the Mustangs build an insurmountable lead. He finished the day 19-for-25 for 285 yards and three touchdowns while running for 86 yards and a score of his own.
Garret Sanvido of Vancouver, B.C., led the Mustang attack out of the backfield with 165 yards on 17 carries while Brian Marshall of London, Ont., was the top receiver for Western with eight catches for 157 yards and a touchdown.
In total, six different players recorded majors for the Mustangs on the day.
Outside of Campbell, quarterback James Fracas of Waterloo, Ont., threw for 285 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted on two occasions. Receiver Greg Nyhof of Georgetown, Ont., also made his return to the lineup and made four catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Laurier will look to rebound from the loss next Saturday, October 18 when they travel to Hamilton, Ont., to take on the No. 3 McMaster Marauders (6-0). Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium.
NOTES: The game was the first as a visiting head coach for Faulds at the school in which he set the CIS career passing record…Chris Ackie of Cambridge, Ont., and Brandon Calver of London, Ont., led the defensive effort with eight tackles each…the 61 points allowed by the Hawks were the most in school history…attendance at the game was 3,862