Western stomps Laurier 56-3
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The Western Mustangs separated themselves from the middle of the Ontario University Athletics pack with a 56-3 stomping over the Laurier Golden Hawks at TD Waterhouse Stadium.
Laurier opened the game with a field goal on their first drive, but from there it was all Western. The Mustangs were able to match the field goal on their first drive as well, after fumbling the kickoff to start the game. That would be one of the few mistakes on Western’s behalf.
On 15 possessions for the Mustangs, they were able to get points on eight of drives and grew their lead consistently throughout the game.
Will Finch started at the quarterback position for Western and was able to get it done through the air and on the ground, racking up 339 passing yards and 88 on the rush.
Saturday’s game is a big confidence booster for the rookie field general after last week giving up three interceptions to the Guelph Gryphons before being sidelined just before halftime. This time Finch didn’t throw one pick.
Wide receiver Brian Marshall was a big help in pushing points on the scoreboard for the Mustangs, catching four touchdowns on 187 receiving yards.
Western was relentless attacking Laurier’s offence, sacking three different Golden Hawk quarterbacks for a total of six times.
Both Western and Laurier went into Saturday’s matchup with a 3-3 record, but the win for the Mustangs puts them in sole possession of fourth place in the OUA.
With only one game left in the season, the fourth spot is where Western will stay with all three teams ahead of the Mustangs handing a loss to them (McMaster, Queen's and Guelph).
Despite Western being just above the middle of the pack in the 10-team standings, they are second in the OUA in points for and against.
The Mustangs will head out on the road for their final game to take on the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday (Oct. 20).
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