All-Canadian running back Dillon Campbell paved the way for the Laurier Golden Hawks and the Gee-Gees were left reeling in a 65-30 loss on Friday night in Waterloo, Ont. The result pulls Ottawa below the Hawks in the OUA standings with a 2-4 record, while Laurier moves up to 3-3.
Laurier’s offence jumped all over the Gee-Gees in the first half, grabbing a 41-10 lead with extremely efficient play. Ottawa could not find a way to stop up Dillon Campbell, who ran for 246 yards on 37 carries on the night. Campbell truly took over in the second quarter, carrying the ball 16 times for 115 yards in the second alone. With the defence preoccupied with stopping Campbell, Laurier quarterback Eric Morelli posted a first half completion percentage of 12-14.
Laurier methodically moved down the field on the back of Campbell, dominating time of possession. The Hawks switched gears when looking to score, with the first two majors coming on receptions. Six of Laurier’s touchdowns would eventually come through the air.
Ottawa’s normally potent offence looked poised to respond when an interception by Scott Hutter on the Laurier 15-yard line mid-way through the first quarter swung momentum back to the home side.
“We went into the game feeling confident that we could make plays,” said Gee-Gees head coach Jamie Barresi. “We expected a shootout, and we didn’t have an answer. Our offence did not come out and execute. I knew that we had to be almost perfect offensively and we weren’t even close.”
First-year Kalem Beaver provided the Ottawa highlight of the game, getting to the sideline at midfield on a 102-yard touchdown return to make it 38-10 in the second quarter.
Tyler McLaren added two touchdowns and finished with 55 yards receiving on four catches. Ian Stewart was the leading receiver with 94 yards. Bryce Vieira punched in one rushing touchdown and finished the night with 52 yards on the ground.
The Gee-Gees attempted four onside kicks which were collected by Laurier. Ottawa also tried for a 2-point conversion twice without success before connecting on the final drive of the game.
“I don’t think we came with the right intensity,” concluded Barresi. “In a game like this, you need to show up and I was upset with our demeanor.”
The season continues next week with a road trip to Western. The Mustangs (6-0) lead the OUA standings while Ottawa now sits in a tie for seventh place.