Lancer Football Kicks Off Season

By Square Staff

(WINDSOR, ON) – The University of Windsor Lancers kicked off their season Monday afternoon at Alumni Field in Windsor with a 63–18 win over the Ottawa Gee-Gees, in the OUA’s Marquee Matchup.

It was a packed house with fans excited for the opening game of the season especially after the Lancers’ loss in the 2011 OUA Semi-finals.

Ottawa finished their 2011 season with a 5—3 record in regular season and 0—1 in the playoffs, losing to the Lancers.

The Lancers got off to a big start yesterday with a 14 point lead in the first quarter with points by #25 Mitch Dender and #19 Jordan Brescacin, who scored 3 TD’s in the game. Even the Lancers kicker got into the scoring spree, as #16 Dan Cerino had a stunning 63-yard punt that could not be brought out by Ottawa, resulting in a rouge for the Lancers just before the end of a dominant opening quarter.

OUA all-star Austin Kennedy was deadly from behind centre, going 31-of-41 with six touchdowns, tying a team-record. Kennedy broke two of his own records, passing for 482 yards on 31 completions.

Jordan Brescacin hit a milestone of his own in the midst of the victory, passing the 2,000 all-time receiving yards mark. The Tecumseh, ON product picked up a formidable 214 receiving yards, adding a game-high three touchdowns in front of 1,433 Lancer faithful.

Ottawa finally got on the board with a couple of second quarter touchdowns. Ottawa’s Franck Ngandui #30 rumbled for 61 yards, with most of his routes coming straight through the middle of the field. Ngandui punched in a six yard touchdown at to take advantage of the red zone fumble.

Gee Gee Brendan Gillanders #25 had to leave the game after a leg injury in the first quarter.

Windsor’s #11, Dylan Whitfield, responded with a touchdown at the eleven minute mark of the 2nd quarter.

In the last play of the half the Lancers scored a field goal increasing their lead to 32—14.

At the end of the 3rd quarter the Lancers’ Austin Kennedy was 27 for 35 with 5 TD’s leaving the game with the score at 56—14. Kennedy ended the day with 482 total yards and 6 touchdowns. Andrew Downer took to QB duties in the 4th quarter after an injury to Kennedy.

Ottawa would only score twice more; once with a rouge and then a field goal as the final play of the game. On Ottawa’s defence, third year linebacker #14 Pier-Yves Lavergne had a fourth quarter interception to go along with his fumble recovery in the second quarter which sparked the Ottawa scoring flurry.

The Lancers meet Guelph on Saturday September 8 at 7 pm.

(PHOTO CREDIT: University of Windsor Alumni Field. (c) 2012 Ian Shalapata)

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Ian Shalapata

Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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