Henkel Respectable In Lancers Comeback Bid

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers were aiming to get a tick in the win column when they hosted the Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Field last Saturday. However, a 20-point 1st half by the Gryphons was a hole too deep for the Lancers, and the comeback fell short at 26-20.

Due to an upper body injury to Lancers starting QB Sam Girard, Colby Henkel got the start for Windsor. Henkel’s time at the helm included 19-for-28 passing for 200 yards and 1 touchdown. Starting his first game for Windsor, Henkel was unceremoniously introduced to OUA football by being sacked 8 times in the contest.

Marvin Gaynor averaged 7.8 yards per carry on 6 tries while Henkel picked up 51 yards over 10 plays from scrimmage and one TD. In the air, Tristan Carter was targeted 5 times by Henkel and pulled down Windsor’s only throwing TD on a 28 yard pass.

Defensively, Windsor’s Andrew Beatty claimed 7 solo tackles while Zack Taylor was credited with a sack and forcing and recovering a fumble. Daniel Metcalfe blocked a 2nd quarter Guelph conversion attempt.

Down 26-10 a minute into the final quarter, Windsor pushed Guelph deep and were rewarded with a Clark Green field goal with just over 10 minutes to play. Carter then brought the Lancers within six points and 9:10 left on the clock.

After Guelph chewed up a lot of the remaining time, Windsor’s final three possessions were marked by 2 sacks, 2 punts, and a final turnover on downs.

The Lancers head into their bye week but will host the Toronto Varsity Blues for Alumni Weekend on Saturday ,September 29. The kickoff is slated for 1:02pm.

OUA Results

  • Toronto 3 – McMaster 37
  • Queen’s 39 – Carleton 42
  • Waterloo 34 – Laurier 32
  • Guelph 26 – Windsor 20
  • York 3 – Western 76
  • Ottawa bye

Fratmen Downed By Hurricanes

Looking to claim a share of 1st place in the OFC of the Canadian Junior Football League, the Windsor AKO Fratmen travelled to Brantford to revenge their season opening loss to the Hamilton Hurricanes (5-0). The plan went awry when the home side prevailed 20-12 to solidify their perch atop the standings.

Windsor (3-2) is now tied with London in 2nd place, followed closely by Ottawa (2-2) with three games remaining in the season.

Two of those contests are an away and home series against the cellar dwelling GTA Grizzlies (0-4). The Fratmen travel to Centennial Park Stadium on September 23 with a return visit by the Bruins on September 30 to Alumni Field.

The defending OFC champs conclude the regular season October 6 at TD Stadium in London.

OFC Results

  • Windsor 12 – Hamilton 20
  • London 51 – Niagara 6

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