(KITCHENER, ON) – With under 6 minutes remaining to play, the Windsor Lancers punched through on a 1-yard run and hung on for their first victory of the 2015 season, at Laurier. With Liam Putt now ensconced as the starting QB, some semblance of offense is starting to emerge from the Blue and Gold.
The Golden Hawks got on the board just a minute and a half into Saturday’s contest with a safety. Windsor erased the two points with a field goal and the teams traded the lead through to the end of the first frame. Windsor ended on top 10-7 after a 1-yard RB Terrance Crawford run with no time on the clock.
Laurier put up two more points on their third safety of the game to begin the 2nd quarter. They followed that up with a 24-yard field goal after Windsor put a stop to the Hawks’ 9-play drive.
Both teams then traded four field goals to reach the end of the 3rd quarter with Laurier up 18-16. To the credit of the Windsor defensive line and the secondary, they held tough and didn’t give up a major score all game.
The 4th quarter remained scoreless until Crawford ran across for his second touchdown of the game, capping a 2-play, 26-yard drive for the winning score. Up by 4, head coach Joe D’Amore decided to attempt a 2-point conversion, but pass went incomplete. Windsor then ground down the Laurier offense, not letting get any further than their own 33-yard line over the final 5:46, for the win.
Putt gained just 148 yards in the air as he complete only 9 of 26 passes on the day. He was clean for interceptions while his counterpart QB Eric Morelli was picked off once by DB Spencer Trinier. Putt had better success rushing the ball 3 times for 35 yards.
The big gainer for Windsor was Crawford as he took 16 carries 59 yards downfield, and 2 touchdowns. WR Scott McEwen puled down 1 catch for 41 yards while Jeff Masson had 2 for 31.
Laurier had 339 total yards of offense compared to Windsor 233, however it was the penalties that proved to be Laurier’s downfall. The Hawks committed five inopportune fouls that resulted in 1st downs and extended Lancer drives.
A 15-yard roughing the passer call against the Hawks led directly to Crawford’s first TD and a pass interference call, followed by one for unnecessary roughness, put Windsor first and goal from the Laurier 1-yard line. Crawford would bash through the line for his second major.
The Lancers (1-4) will welcome McMaster (3-1) to Alumni Field this Saturday at 1:00 pm.