(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers football team returns to Alumni Field this Saturday, October 29, where they will begin a two-game home stand against the visiting York Lions.
The Lancers (2-2) dropped a 46-23 decision to the CIS No. 6-ranked Western Mustangs in London, Ont. last weekend, and find themselves tied for fifth in the OUA conference heading into the weekend’s matches.
Austin Kennedy (Windsor) threw for 364 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday, but was also intercepted on three occasions by the Mustangs, while Jordan Brescacin (Tecumseh, Ont.) led the Lancers receivers with 149 receiving yards and a single major. However, the Lancers had their share of issues against Western, turning the ball over on four occasions including a take-away on one of their five fumbles throughout the afternoon. The Mustangs also held the Lancers to just 69 total rushing yards while they tallied 279 against the Lancers defence.
Despite the loss and turnovers, Kennedy still leads all CIS quarterbacks with an average of 347.5 passing yards per game and a nation-high 10 majors. Brescacin is third in the country with 131.8 receiving yards per contest, and also garners five touchdown receptions thus far this year. Defensively, Brad Adams sits 10th overall and leads the team with 26 total tackles.
The Lions (1-3) tallied their only victory of the season against the winless Ottawa Gee-Gees at home on Sept. 8, recording a 47-36 triumph. They went on to lose their next two games in nail-biting fashion, falling by an average of just 2.5 points over the course of those games. After losing on a last minute touchdown to Laurier, the Lions were unable to complete the comeback on their homecoming weekend game against Waterloo, and fell short by a score of 23-22, moving their record to 1-3 heading into Saturday’s match-up. Pivot Myles Gibbon is fifth in the CIS passing, averaging 302.0 yards per game for the Lions. Kyle Exume leads the team in rushing, carrying for 91.2 yards per contest while tallying three majors in as many games to begin the season.
The Lancers have dominated the head-to-head match-up in recent years, winning the last seven contests between the two squads. The Lions’ last victory over Windsor came in 2004. Most recently, the Lancers defeated York 40-15 on the final game of the regular season in 2011.
Windsor will host York for an evening affair this Saturday, with kick-off set for 7:00 p.m. The first 500 fans through the gate will receive a souvenir Lancer Foam Finger.