Mustangs Perfect Through Week #6
Saturday’s OUA Football Week #6 action between the (5-0) Western Mustangs and the (4-0) Laurier Golden Hawks was the biggest match of the regular season and for good reasons. Both nationally ranked teams were the only undefeated programs left in the OUA and this was a rematch of the epic 109th Yates Cup last season. Throw on top the game landing on Laurier’s Homecoming, it set things up for an electric atmosphere at University Stadium in Waterloo, Ontario. Unfortunately for the thousands who showed up to cheer on the Golden Hawks, Laurier‘s offense only managed to produce one touchdown in a 29-13 loss. As the #4 nationally ranked Mustangs remain the lone undefeated team in the OUA with a perfect 6-0 record.
After pregame ceremonies were done which included; a moment of silence for fallen Gee Gee Loic Kayembe, a Canadian country music star singing the anthem, fireworks and jets flying by, fans were ready for some football. With the two teams averaging 95.6 combined points per game (Laurier 47 and Western 48.6), this was going to be a buffet of touchdowns for those in attendance right? Nope. Western had a decent opening drive, but after 6 plays and 53 yards, had to settle for a Marc Liegghio 39-yard Field Goal to make it 3-0 visitors 2:10 into the contest. Laurier retaliated in identical fashion on their first offensive possession of the game, having Nathan Mesher hit 21-yard Field Goal after a 6-play 61-yard drive gassed in the redzone. Later, Liegghio nailed a 44-yard Field Goal, as the Sophomore who went 6/6 in Field Goals against Queen’s last week made it 6-3 for Western, for a 9 point 1st quarter of play.