Gridiron Lancers On Lopsided Loss

Kicker Dan Cerino accounted for 5 of Windsor's 23 points including this 20 yard field goal in the 2nd Quarter of a 51-23 loss to the Western Mustangs. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Kicker Dan Cerino accounted for 5 of Windsor’s 23 points including this 20 yard field goal in the 2nd Quarter of a 51-23 loss to the Western Mustangs. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The University of Windsor football team dropped a lop-sided contest to the visiting Western Mustangs yesterday by a score of 51-23 at Alumni Field. There were some bright spots, however, in an otherwise gloomy day.

The Mustangs opened the scoring at the 3:45 mark of the 1st quarter on a 1 yard keeper by QB Will Finch. And then the points just kept on coming. Windsor gave up a safety at 4:59, followed by two more touchdowns, including a 21 yard pass connection to Tom Marshall. And while Western shutout the Lancers in both the first and third quarters, Windsor did manage to out-score the Mustangs in each of the other two.

Lancer coach, Joe D’Amore later described his frustration with the Lancer’s inconsistency on the day.

“We played well at times, but just not for 60 minutes,” he said.

One bright spot, naturally, came on defence for Windsor. First year defensive back Mike Dubuisson, from Montreal, lead all players with eight tackles giving him 35 on the season. He made seven of the take-downs on his own while assisting on two others.

D’Amore was also able to get some real-game experience for back-up quarterback Casey Wright. Wright entered the game when starter Austin Kennedy was pulled after a two-way hit that bent him backwards; one of two sacks he suffered yesterday.

The understudy went 7 for 18 and 99 yards. He threw two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions, including one picked-off in the end zone with Windsor pressing. For Kennedy’s part, he went 12 for 27 and 170 yards including a 64 yard pass and run to Amherstburg’s Evan Pszczonak, who had eight receptions in the game.

Windsor has a bye week before travelling to Ottawa for an October 19 match-up against the Gee Gees. The two teams are currently tied for fourth spot in the OUA.

Intense concentration. Evan Pszczonak hauls in a 64 yard pass from Austin Kennedy. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Intense concentration. Evan Pszczonak hauls in a 64 yard pass from Austin Kennedy. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A game of inches. Windsor converted 5 of 7 third downs including this one in the 1st Quarter. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A game of inches. Windsor converted 5 of 7 third downs including this one in the 1st Quarter. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Tackle for loss. Western QB Will Finch was sacked five times, three of them, including this one, by 6' 3" DL Stephon Miller. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Tackle for loss. Western QB Will Finch was sacked five times, three of them, including this one, by 6′ 3″ DL Stephon Miller. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Perfect pass. Austin Kennedy hit Beau Lumley with a 19 yard touchdown strike over the out stretched hand of Jesse McNair. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Perfect pass. Austin Kennedy hit Beau Lumley with a 19 yard touchdown strike over the out stretched hand of Jesse McNair. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Deffensive star. Windsor's Mike Dubuisson mad a number of outstanding plays from his DB position including breaking up this end zone launch to Western's George Johnson. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Deffensive star. Windsor’s Mike Dubuisson mad a number of outstanding plays from his DB position including breaking up this end zone launch to Western’s George Johnson. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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