Mustangs ride to 62-7 stomping
London Community News
By Jonathon Brodie/London Community News / Twitter: @jonathonbrodie
Everyone knows about the football royalty of the Marshall family around Western University, but after a 62-7 stomping of the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday the Sanvido brothers might be holding court on the gridiron.
“Every aspect of the game we took it to them— offence, defence and special teams,” said Mustangs’ running back Garret Sanvido, contributing to the offence against the Blues with two touchdowns on 109 yards rushing during the team’s home opener.
It didn’t take long for Western to get on the scoreboard with quarterback Donnie Marshall tossing the ball 67-yards to Evan Buchanan on the second play of the game.
From there, it was the Mustangs show with Garret leading the way for the most part.
“I just expected to play as hard as I could and just believe in myself and believe I can do this,” Garrett said, racking up five touchdowns in two games to lead the Canadian Interuniversity in rushing points.
This is the first season the second-year rusher is getting his hands on the ball before any other running back on the team after last year being fourth in line for touches. In the two games played, Garret has more TDs than he had last year and is already close to exceeding his rushing attempts and yards.
Garret isn’t the only Sanvido that has people turning heads with his younger brother, Justin, getting noticed as well. This is the first time the Sanvido soirée have been on the field together on the same team.
“Whenever I do something wrong he’s always here to smack me in shape or just tell me what I did wrong,” Justin, a Mustangs wide receiver, said. “Even though we don’t play the same positions, he pretty much knows what everybody has to do and I’m blocking for him, so it’s something fun.”
As it is in most cases with brothers, a little rivalry can always be good for healthy competition.
“The other game (Garret) had two touchdowns and then I scored my second, so he said, ‘Well, I got to score two more now,” Justin said, with the brothers combining for five touchdowns in their season opener on the road against Waterloo Sept. 3 in a 54-10 win. “It’s always a competition between us. Growing up we’ve always been pretty competitive.”
In the week one matchup, Garret scored the extra touchdown over his younger brother and added to his total Saturday, while Justin was held off the scoreboard on four catches for 45 yards.
Justin will have to keep pace with his brother if he wants to boast about his own stats around the dinner table.
“Well, I do have more touchdowns, so I rub it in a bit,” Garret said. “But, (Justin’s) also a rookie and I never played in my first year.”
If there’s one thing both players can talk about though, it’s initiation…when it comes.
“Not yet,” Garret said about the rookie hazing of his younger brother. “We’ll get to it.”