by Richard Riosa
The Lance – Sports Editor
In their first away game of the season, the Lancer football team has maintained their unbeaten record and moved to 3-0.
The Lancers defeated the Warriors 63-4 on their home turf in Waterloo Sept. 20. The win keeps the Lancers tied for first place in the OUA.
Head coach Joe D’Amore said he is extremely pleased with his team’s start to the 2014 season.
“It’s obviously great to be 3-0 – obviously with the forfeit win against Queen’s – which puts us in a great position right now,” said D’Amore. “We’re tied for first place, with Mc(Master) and Western being undefeated (as well).”
Fifth year quarterback Austin Kennedy went 10 for 13, with 141 passing yards and three touchdowns, before being rested for the second half.
With the Lancers already up 38-0 against the winless Warriors, the running backs took over the game. The Lancers finished the game with 435 total rushing yards. Nigel Applewhaite had a pair of touchdowns and contributed 166 rushing yards, while Beau Lumley ran for 105 yards and Nick Vincent had 76 yards and two touchdowns as well.
The dominant display on the ground was welcomed by D’Amore who said he’s happy with his team’s ability to adapt their game on the fly.
“We kind of want to take what people give us,” said D’Amore. “I think we can really do both (run and pass the football). I think we have a slew of talented running backs and obviously with Austin there, we can throw the rock too.”
The Lancers will look to continue their string of solid offensive performances when they play the York Lions in Toronto Sept. 26.
Star wide receiver Evan Pszczonak was nursing a slight hamstring injury and was rested for the win over Waterloo, however he will be available for the game against York and is expected to play.
D’Amore said he is focused on getting a win over York and moving to 4-0, before coming home to face the 3-1 Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Field Oct. 4.