Wil wins playoff opener, advances to semi-finals
By Fred Sherwin
Wilfird Laurier's Scott Newby tries to sprint past St. Matthew Tiger defender
James Ryan during second half action on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
The Sir Wilfrid
Laurier Lancers have extended their season by at least another game after
they defeated the St. Matthew Tigers 28-0 in the first round of the playoffs
The 28 points
is just six points shy of the Lancers entire offensive output during the
regular season, and they did it in a steady downpour.
McMahon was especially effective in the rain, making several key passes
at critical times.
But the biggest
difference in the game was turnovers. The Tigers turned the ball over at
least five times and the Lancers made them pay for it.
After a rough
beginning to the game during which they took several undisciplined penalties,
the Lancers got their act together in the second quarter putting up 22 unanswered
Harry Short had
several long runs on the Lancers' first scoring drive, including a seven
yard run for the team's opening touchdown. Hafiz Hamidi scored the Lancers
second touchdown when he picked off an errant pass by Tigers quarterback
Mcauley Banning and ran it 40 yards into the end zone. A two point convert
by Jeremy Seal would give the Lancers a15-0 lead.
Sir Wil scored
their third touchdown of the quarter on a long drive that included three
receptions to three different receivers all for first downs. The final blow
was a 12 yard touchdown toss from McMahon to Alex Hepworth.
The only scoring
in the second half came after the Tigers fumbled the ball away on their
35 yard line. Five plays later, McMahon handed the ball off to Hepworth
who rumbled three years up the middle for the major.
The Tigers started
the game without one of their top offensive weapons in J.P. Hamelin who
suffered a back injury while working out in the weight room.
The Tigers also
had a number of defections, while several players were left off the roster
for disciplinary reasons. By game time only 19 players were suited up and
ready to play for St. Matt's compared to 23 players for Sir Wil who have
been shorthanded all season.
win should help bolster the confidence of the Lancers who must face the
St. Peter Knights in next week's semifinals The Lancers are the only team
to hold a half-time lead on the defending champions this season. They were
up 7-2 against the Knights on Oct. 2 before St. Pete's scored 24 unanswered
points in the second half to win 26-7.
in there next week as the underdogs and everyone expects them to win, which
is fine by us, but we have some good players too, and hopefully they'll
have a good game," says Lancers head coach Eric Kukkonen.
of the Knights' coaching staff were at the game on Friday scouting the Lancers
p.m., Oct. 29)
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