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FOOTBALL: Game Preview: What will Wendel do in Waterloo?

Friday September 2, 2016
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Gord Weber

GAME INFO:
Ottawa (0-0) at Waterloo (0-1)
Monday, Sept. 5
1 p.m.

Webcast – OUA.tv
TV – LIVE on Rogers Cable 22 
Tickets available online

The Gee-Gees football season gets underway on Labour Day Monday and the team will be looking to make an early statement on the defensive side of the ball. Ottawa was the lone team with a bye during Week One of the OUA regular season, and watched their first opponents fall by a 57-13 score at York.

All eyes will be on quarterback Derek Wendel to see if he and his receiving corps can continue to produce the eye-popping numbers that he has collected over his first two campaigns as the starter. Wendel was first in the OUA and second nationally in 2015 with an average of 392 passing yards per game. The Belleville product threw 24 touchdown passes to rank second nationally, and the Gee-Gees offence produced 37.5 points per game, good for third in CIS.

Ottawa did not meet Waterloo last season, when the Warriors were winless, but has won the last 13 meetings between the two sides. The only time Waterloo has defeated the Garnet and Grey came back in 1966 in an 8-6 game.

After this game Ottawa returns home for two weeks to host the McMaster Marauders on Saturday Sept. 10 and the Guelph Gryphons on Sept. 17. This season marks the tenth anniversary of Ottawa’s 2006 Yates Cup Championship and that event will be recognized with a reunion on Sept. 17.