Lancers Take On National Champs

(WINDSOR, ON) – With two games remaining in the regular season, the Windsor Lancers football team find themselves in the middle of a logjam in the OUA conference, currently tied with two other squads for the final three playoff spots. They will look towards solidifying a playoff berth this weekend in Hamilton, where they will meet the defending national champion McMaster Marauders.

Saturday’s game is at 1:00 p.m., and can be seen live on The Score television network.

After suffering a 24-7 loss in their final home game at the hands of the Queen’s Gaels last Saturday, the Lancers dropped to 3-3 on the year and are in a three-way tie with Western and Laurier for fourth-place heading into Saturday’s game at Ron Joyce Stadium.

The Gaels were dominant in the first-half defensively against Windsor, picking up seven sacks through the first two quarters and holding the Lancers scoreless until Evan Pszczonak (Amherstburg, Ont.) broke through for a reception touchdown in the fourth. Austin Kennedy (Windsor) went 18-for-30 with a touchdown pass while Tecumseh, Ont. native Jordan Brescacin had a rare quiet night, making just three catches for 21 yards. Despite the setback, Kennedy sits amongst the CIS statistical leaders this week. He is second in passing yards per game (331.7) and touchdown passes (14). Brescacin is second in the country with 126.2 receiving yards per game and leads the nation with seven touchdown grabs.

However, the Lancers will have their hands full with the current CIS No. 1-ranked Marauders (6-0), who are undefeated thus far in 2012. Led by quarterback Kyle Quinlan, McMaster has defeated its opponent by an average of just over 29 points. The closest any opponent came to toppling the 2012 CIS champs was on September 29 in London, Ont., when the Western Mustangs fell 33-27.

Quinlan is averaging over 300 yards passing per game, and tops the CIS with 15 touchdown passes thus far this year. Robert Babic is McMaster’s top receiver, averaging 95.7 yards per game, while running-back Kasean Davis-Reynolds is picking up 92.2 yards per game on the ground. Davis-Reynolds leads the nation with 8.9 yards per carry. The Marauders have scored the most points in the CIS, and average 47.2 per contest.

The Lancers will look to knock off the national champions on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m. You can watch the game live on The Score television network.


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