by Richard Riosa
The Lance – Sports Editor
The Lancer football team has clinched a spot in the OUA playoffs with a 39-29 win over the Ottawa Gee Gees.
A packed crowd at Alumni Field Oct. 10 got the chance to see the Lancers clinch a playoff berth and move their record to 5-1. They remain tied with Guelph and Western – whom they play in London in the final game of the season – behind first place, 6-0 McMaster.
Although the final score looked somewhat close, the Lancers dominated play and were never in danger of coming away with anything less than a win.
After going down 1-0 early in the game, the Lancers would finish the first quarter up 14-1, thanks to a 48 yard interception return by Tarik Bonas which set up the first touchdown and a 27 yard touchdown run by Tarrence Crawford. Crawford finished the game with 142 rushing yards from six carries.
A 53-yard pass to Evan Pszczonak ended the quarter and set up a 14 yard field goal to start the second quarter, putting the Lancers up 17-1.
Although the half would end 24-15 and with the Gee Gees on a 14-0 run, Lancers head coach Joe D’Amore said he was never concerned.
“We were up at half time and we came out in the third quarter and we got a score first which was big,” said D’Amore.
The Lancers would enter the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run which saw them up 36-15. Despite a late rally by Ottawa, which saw them score a touchdown on the last play of the game, D’Amore said the Lancers were always in control of the outcome.
“All in all, we did a lot of sound things and that’s what good football teams do and I was really happy that we cleaned up the mistakes we made [in the game with Guelph],” said D’Amore.
During the game, defensive lineman Tai Pham, became Windsor’s all-time leader in career sacks with 17.5. Running back Beau Lumley stood out as the team’s best offensive performer, picking up 99 receiving yards on six catches and 91 rushing yards from nine carries, as well as one rushing touchdown.
The Lancers will finish the season with two away games, as they travel to Ottawa to take on the Carleton Ravens Oct. 18 and then head to London Oct. 25 to face the Western Mustangs.
D’Amore said he is hoping to win the two remaining games and is confident his team can secure second place in the OUA.
After failing to throw a passing touchdown against Guelph and only recording one against Ottawa, fifth-year quarterback Austin Kennedy has only two games left to break the OUA record for career passing touchdowns.
“It’s something I really want for him, but at the same time, you’re not going to change your game-plan just to do it for him,” said D’Amore. “It’s possible. He’s had four or five touchdown games before. He only needs five to break it, four to tie it and two games left to do it.”