Mustangs Football

Mustangs Stumble to a Victory over Gaels

Navaneeth Mohan

The Western Mustangs men’s football team were looking to win their second straight, and improve to 2-0, after a win against the Laurier Golden Hawks last week in the season opener.

It would be a tough feat however, going up against their arch rival, the Queens Gaels, who lost their opener against Carleton.

The Mustangs won 40-23.

The mustangs came out firing scoring 20 points in the first quarter. This came thanks to a touchdown from Chris Merchant to Trey Humes, an interception return for a touchdown by Bleska Kambamba, a safety, and a field goal and rouge by CFL hopeful Marc Liegghio.

The Mustangs kept the offence going, ending the first half with a score of 34-10. The Gaels were able to tighten up their defence and score some points in the second half with a fourth quarter surge, however it was too little too late.

One of the reasons for Western’s offensive outburst, was the resurgence of the run game. Western lost three offensive lineman this offseason to graduation. Last week, their running game was not able to do much. However, this week Western’s backs combined for 144 yards on the ground.

This week also marked the return of former offensive coordinator Steve Snyder. Coach Steve was the offensive coordinator for the Mustangs from 2016-2018. Including the 2017 Vanier champions. Coach Steve is now the head coach for the Queens Gaels. Coach Snyder was welcomed by former players and colleagues after the game.

Next week the Western Mustangs will look to improve to 3-0 versus the McMaster Marauders. This game will take place on Saturday September 7th at 1:05 pm kickoff.