by Richard Riosa
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Lancer football team has defeated the York Lions 35-3 on the road, moving them to 4-0 to start the season for the first time since 1987.
The Lancers won their fourth straight game Sept. 26, to remain undefeated ahead of their big test at home to Guelph Oct. 4.
Head coach Joe D’Amore said he was very happy with the way his defense played, but was upset with his offense’s performance in the big win.
“It wasn’t a great day offensively for us, but it was good enough for the win,” said D’Amore.
Despite quarterback Austin Kennedy throwing for 406 yards and two touchdowns, D’Amore said there were many dropped passes and misran routes which the team can’t afford to repeat against Guelph. D’Amore also said he was disappointed with Kennedy giving up two interceptions in the game as well.
The offence against York was anchored by a standout performance from fullback Nate O’Halloran who ran for 38 yards and had 92 receiving yards. O’Halloran had one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown to add to his stellar yardage.
D’Amore said he was the best player on the field against York.
“Nathan O’Halloran played really well,” said D’Amore. “A lot of times he’s busy doing all the dirty work and he doesn’t get a lot of opportunities to run the ball or catch passes, but we had a couple guys injured, so Nate was able to carry the ball a little bit.”
Despite O’Halloran’s standout performance against York, wide receiver Evan Pszczonak remains the Lancers’ main threat moving forward and D’Amore said the team will need to rely heavily on him when they meet the 3-1 Gryphons in a game that could very well make or break Windsor’s season.
Pszczonak had 152 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Lions.
“Despite teams every week knowing he’s our best player, he still continues to perform,” said D’Amore. “We try to find ways to get him the ball and get production and him and Austin have such a great relationship. We’ll need both of those guys to make plays on Saturday if we’re going to have a chance to win.”
The game against Guelph will be held at Alumni Field at 1:00 p.m. and tickets are $15 for preferred seating, $12 for general admission and $10 for youth and seniors.
With the Lancers undefeated and the Gryphons being perennial contenders, the game will have huge play-off ramifications as two of the country’s top teams go head to head.
“If we want to be recognized in the CIS and OUA as a top team… we’ve got to win games that people may think we can’t win, which is probably Saturday against Guelph,” said D’Amore.