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OUA Week 6: Laurier all but clinches playoff spot, Waterloo humbled at home

After defeating Windsor on Saturday afternoon, the Laurier Golden Hawks are a near deadlock in the OUA West Division playoffs

In what could have been the final home game of his university career, Ente Eguavoen put his name in the history books alongside some legendary receivers of Laurier Golden Hawks past.

He had 10 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns to lift Laurier to a 33-8 win over Windsor Saturday afternoon.

The 222 yards was the second most in a game for a receiver in school history, five more yards than Stefan Ptaszek in a game against York in 1994.

"Everything was just in tune today, I just kind of felt good about everything," said Eguavoen.

He had quite the audience too, playing in front of his mom and brothers in the Seniors Game, where he and 20 other players were honoured before the game.

"I cried before the game, I was like 'man, this could be a home game for the last time,'" he said, "I (was) just honestly going to play for the team, I'm just going to play for my family, I'm just going to play for everyone here."

One of his biggest supporters was on the sideline in coach Michael Faulds.

"Super proud of him," he said, "Hopefully, this isn't his last home game.  Maybe we get one down the road in the playoffs but he was exceptional today.  He's always had the blazing speed, but his hands were incredible."

"Whether it was Connor Carusello for most of the game throwing him the ball, or that deep one from Taylor Elgersma, (Eguavoen) was special today."

Eguavoen's first TD came in the second quarter, a 54-yard catch and run down the left side to give Laurier the 9-0 lead.

He would get his second on a 48-yard pass from Elgersma early in the fourth, continuing what was already a blowout and a 30-0 lead.

Carusello went 18-for-25 for 250 yards and two touchdowns and an interception.

It was all Laurier in this one.  Windsor would get a touchdown with 1:18 seconds to go, spoiling the Hawks' attempt at two straight shutout victories.

The defense also had plenty of moments, picking off Windsor QB Carter Zinger three times and recovered three of four fumbles from the Windsor offense.

Laurier improves to 3-2 on the season, tied for second in the OUA West with Guelph, and have pretty much clinched a playoff spot.

They'll need to beat the Waterloo Warriors in the second installment of the Battle of Waterloo to make it officially official.

A loss, combined with wins by Windsor and McMaster knocks them out.

 

WATERLOO ROUTED AT HOME TO WESTERN

The last time the Warriors won a game, it was the first Battle of Waterloo game in Week 2 of the season, a 36-12 decision at University Stadium.

Back then, it seemed Waterloo could do no wrong.  A hot start, and a quarterback meeting his MVP level expectations.

However, even with Tre Ford playing to those expectations, it hasn't translated into wins for three straight games and the latest loss was a drubbing.

The Western Mustangs were up 24-0 after the first quarter, and held Ford and company in check for a 48-13 win at Warrior Field Saturday afternoon.

After averaging over 100 yards rushing a game, Ford had just 76 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while Western running back Keon Edwards was a monster, collecting 237 yards and three touchdowns.

That included a 97-yard TD run at the end of the first quarter.

At the quarterback position, Ford was 23-for-37 with 213 yards, a touchdown and a pick.  Evan Hillock was 11-for-18 for 208 yards and two touchdowns.

Going into the last weekend of the year, Western leads the OUA West at 4-1, with Laurier and Guelph sitting at 3-2, and Waterloo, Windsor and McMaster even at 2-3.

The final week of games are all within the division on Saturday, October 30.

On top of Laurier facing Waterloo at Warrior Field at 1:00 p.m., Western is in Windsor and Guelph visits McMaster.

Two teams will be eliminated after next week.




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