Members of the 2000 national championship-winning Gee-Gees football team will be recognized while the current Gee-Gees seek win number two of the season when they take on the Windsor Lancers on Saturday afternoon.
Coming off a high-scoring loss to McMaster, the Gee-Gees (1-1) have a chance to recover ground in the standings against the reeling Lancers, who have opened the season a surprising 0-3.
For a second straight game, Ottawa's offence managed to put up points on the board but there are still a few things that must improve. Head coach Jami Barresi admits his team must learn to play consistently for four quarters. “I noticed that we had a bit of a lull in the third quarter again. We had a lull against Queen’s when we came out in the second half. We have to put our foot on the gas; that’s all there is to it,” shared Barresi. It’s the message he shared with his players following the loss at the hands of the Marauders. “I think mainly he wants us to execute for a whole game. We haven’t been able to do that all year. Especially that third quarter against McMaster, same thing against Queen’s,” said quarterback Derek Wendel.
According to Wendel, the Gee-Gees must also stop settling for field goals. "We can kick field goals when we’re further away, but when we’re in the red zone we need to put the ball in the end zone.” Ottawa has converted six of nine red zone chances over its opening two games.
In three games the Lancers have been outscored 146-30 while allowing opposing starting quarterbacks to throw for an average 229 yards. Wendel is averaging 342.5 yards passing on the season. However, Barresi doesn’t think the scoring differential properly reflects Windsor. “They could have had a lot more points, they were down in the score zone a lot.” Indeed, the Lancers have had red zone issues of their own, going 1-4 which ranks last in the OUA.
Running back Bryce Vieira who was limited to 49 total yards against McMaster will look to have renewed success at Gee-Gees Field where he had 110 rushing yards and 93 receiving on Sept. 6. The running back might have another difficult test ahead of him however; the Lancers have not allowed a runner to gain 100 yards since opening weekend.
The game is at 1 p.m. at Gee-Gees Field and will be broadcast on OUA.tv. Tickets are available on tickets.geegees.ca and single game tickets are $2 cheaper when purchased online at least two hours before the game.