(WINDSOR, ON) – First-team all-Canadian Jordan Brescacin picked up a game-high 209 yards and two majors, including the game-winning 55-yard touchdown reception at the 9:06 mark of the final period, and the Windsor Lancers survived a scare from the York Lions, recording a 26-22 victory at Alumni Field on Saturday night.
Austin Kennedy (Windsor) threw for 390 yards and three touchdowns while Brad Adams led the way on defence, tallying 9.0 tackles on the night. Myles Gibbon garnered 293 yards in the air as well as a touchdown, and William Austin notched 100 yards on the ground for the Lions (1-4) in a losing cause.
The Lancers (3-2) drew first blood early in the opening quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass to Brescacin. However, the Lions picked things up defensively, and would take a slight lead after quarterback Myles Gibbon found Jonelle Tolbert for a 32-yard reception. The visitors extended their lead at the beginning of the second period with a field goal, and the Lancers struggled through the next few minutes to gain the momentum.
However, a crucial interception by John Moynahan turned the tide of the first half back in favour of Windsor. His pick gave the Lancers possession deep in Lions territory, and Kennedy capitalized with a 16-yard TD pass to Kyle Tyo. Windsor held a 15-11 lead going into the half.
After the Lions re-took the lead midway through the third quarter on a Kyle Exume rushing major, Dan Cerino levelled the match at 19-19 with a 27-yard field goal. After Brescacin’s game-breaker with under 10 minutes to go in the contest, the Lions sliced into the advantage with three more points from kicker Heneri Dervishi.
Windsor’s slight lead looked to be in danger late in the contest as the Lions steadily moved the ball across the field. However, Udoka Nwaesei helped secure the victory with his second interception of the game that thwarted York’s drive. The Lancers took over the ball again a couple of minutes later, and ran the clock down to clinch their third victory of the season.
The Lancers will play their final home game next Saturday, October 6 when they host the Queen’s Gaels at Alumni Field. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.