By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The season came to an end for the Windsor Lancers football team after losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Ottawa Gee-Gees at home Saturday, 46-29. Prior to the game the Lancers and the OUA honoured 5th year quarterback Austin Kennedy for his 79 league touchdown passes.
Kennedy continued his TD ways by hitting wide receiver Evan Pszczonak on a 3-yard strike, capping a 77-yard drive, with three minutes left in the first quarter. It brought the Blue and Gold to within 5 points of Ottawa, but it proved to be too little too late as the Gee-Gees’ Lewis Ward kicked a 12-yard field goal 15 seconds into the 2nd quarter and then followed it up with a 29-yard Derek Wendel pass to Ian Stweart less than two minutes later.
Windsor was helped greatly by its defensive unit who accounted for two majors on Ottawa turnovers.
Harrow’s Austin Crumb picked up an Ottawa fumble and rumbled 78 yards for the score. This was followed early in the 4th quarter by a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Matt Gayer, who picked up the ball after it was stripped from Wendel.
Ottawa will now take on #1 ranked McMaster on Saturday in one of two semi-final games, while Western travels to Guelph.