Windsor’s Playoff Hopes Crushed at Home

Windsor's fifth-year quarterback Austin Kennedy takes a somber moment to reflect on his record-setting university career after the Lancers lost 46-29 to the Ottawa Gee Gees Nov. 1 at Alumni Field. [Photo by // Richard Riosa]

by Richard Riosa

The Lance – Sports Editor

The Lancer football season is over after a disappointing home loss in the opening round of the OUA playoffs.

Windsor was defeated 46-29 by the Ottawa Gee Gees at Alumni Field Nov. 1. Fifth year quarterback Austin Kennedy and wide receiver Evan Pszczonak both played in the final game of their university careers, as the Lancers finished the season with three-straight losses. Kennedy picked up 206 passing yards and one touchdown, while Pszczonak had one touchdown and 35 receiving yards from five catches.

After the Lancers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter, the Gee Gees answered with two touchdowns before the end of the quarter and never surrendered the lead for the remainder of the game.

Windsor linebacker Frank Renaud said Ottawa had prepared well for the game and their game-plan was too much for the Lancers to handle.

“Defense wins championships and at the end of the day, if we would’ve done more, the scoreboard would’ve been different,” said Renaud.

Despite the Lancers defence giving up 46 points in the game, they also contributed some offense with two touchdowns off of Ottawa fumbles. The effort simply wasn’t enough to get by the Gee Gees, who Windsor had already beaten 39-29 earlier in the season.

Head coach Joe D’Amore said he will need to bring in many new faces in the offseason to replace the players graduating from the program. D’Amore said he was disappointed with what began as a very promising season for his team.
“For us to progress as a program and continue to grow – a lot of times you can’t take a big jump – sometimes you got to lose some games and learn from those things and get better,” said D’Amore.

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