(TORONTO, ON) – The Varsity Blues football team dropped to 1-2 on the season with a 55-4 loss to the Windsor Lancers on Saturday, September 15 at Varsity Centre.
Windsor seemed to right their ship after being upset in Week 2. They amassed 555 yards of total offence to Toronto’s 209. The Blues didn’t make things easy for themselves, committing four turnovers to Windsor’s two, and allowing five Lancer sacks on the day.
Windsor native Austin Kennedy was 14-of-21 for 300 yards and two majors for the visitors, while Blues sophomore quarterback, Richard Quittenton (Ajax, Ont.), completed seven of his 22 passes for 115 yards, and rushed 12 times for 89 yards in the loss.
Toronto’s rookie running back Ashton Nelson (Brampton, Ont.) led all players with 110 rushing yards on 21 carries. Veteran defensive lineman Abiodun Olusoga (Pickering, Ont.) tallied a game-high eight tackles, while first-year defensive back John Connors (Barrie, Ont.) had six and was named the Varsity Blues player of the game for his efforts.
The Lancers opened the scoring early after Austin Crumb (Harrow, Ont.) intercepted a Quittenton pass deep in Toronto territory, setting up a three-yard Mitch Dender (Amherstburg, Ont.) rushing touchdown. Blues veteran kicker and Toronto native Andrew Lomasney responded with a 26-yard field goal on the ensuing drive.
Windsor struck again late in the first quarter when Kennedy connected with Jordan Brescacin (Tecumseh, Ont.) for a 57-yard touchdown. The Lancers led 14-3 heading into the second quarter.
The visiting squad would extend their lead with an Evan Pszczonak (Amherstburg, Ont.) 18-yard touchdown reception and a Dan Cerino (Stoney Creek, Ont.) 19-yard field goal. Gilbert Stewart of Brampton, Ont., added a one-yard rushing major in the final minutes to give Windsor a 31-4 lead at the half.
Stewart notched his second TD of the game, capping off a five-play, 58-yard drive with a nine-yard run into the end zone. On the following defensive series, Marcus St. Aubin (Hamilton, Ont.) intercepted a Quittenton pass and ran it 20 yards for the score. Windsor held a 45-4 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Cerino opened the fourth with a 32-yard field goal, and Dender scored his second TD of the game on a one-yard run.
Dender ended the day with 100 rushing yards on 15 carries and two majors. Jake Nicoletti led Windsor’s defensive unit with six tackles in the win.
The Varsity Blues return to action next Saturday, September 22 as they travel to Guelph, Ont., to take on the Gryphons. The game will be broadcast live on University Rush on theScore, starting at 1 p.m.