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.
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)