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OUA Week 1: Laurier and UW dominate, but Hawks lose QB

The Laurier Golden Hawks soared over York, but quarterback Connor Carusello was injured in the first quarter
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A Laurier Golden Hawk football helmet next to a football. Mark Pare/KitchenerToday

Both the Laurier Golden Hawks and Waterloo Warriors will be riding some momentum heading into their much anticipated Week 2 clash.

But for Laurier, it came at a big price.

Quarterback Connor Carusello was injured in the first quarter of their opening week matchup, a 37-6 rout of the York Lions at University Stadium.

Rookie QB Taylor Elgersma picked things right up from Carusello, who finished 8-for-12, 84 yards and a touchdown in the air --- he also picked up 10 yards on the ground --- before the upper body injury.the

Elgersma was 7-for-18 for 112 yards, and threw both his first career OUA touchdown and his first career OUA interception.

The Golden Hawks defense was a big part of the story though, forcing six York fumbles --- recovering five of them --- snagged four interceptions and even got a pair of safeties.

Dawson Hodge was also clutch with the foot, kicking four field goals in the win.

Tanner Nelmes led the way on the ground, rushing for 118 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

In the air, Ente Eguavoen had seven catches for 121 yards.



Later in the evening, it was Waterloo's turn to play football for the first time since 2019.

And they didn't disappoint, taking a 33-0 lead into halftime and dominating the Windsor Lancers 42-14 at Warrior Field.

Warriors quarterback Tre Ford was 19-for-29, 222 yards passing and one touchdown.  He also ran in two touchdowns of his own, and got 57 yards on the ground.

Top receiver for the Warriors was James Basalyga, getting 96 yards on five catches and one touchdown.

Brandon Metz gained 62 yards rushing and a touchdown on 15 carries.

The Warriors defence also contributed to the scoreboard, getting a safety early in the fourth quarter and a fumble recovery by Michael Reid allowed the veteran linebacker from Sault Ste. Marie to go 80 yards the other way and into the endzone.

It's setting up to be an interesting Week 2 between the two rival schools in the region.

And with little room for error, it's a game that could mean a lot when factoring in playoff positioning at the end of October.


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