McMaster (2-0) at Ottawa (1-0)
Saturday, Sept. 10
Tickets available online
The Gee-Gees football team hosts its home opener this weekend, squaring off against McMaster - the no. 5 team in the current national poll. The teams each feature a dynamic passing offence with all-star quarterbacks Derek Wendel and Asher Hastings at the helm.
Both quarterbacks set league records in 2015 and the last meeting between the two teams produced a 57-42 score with 674 combined yards of passing. (374 for McMaster, 301 for Ottawa).
Ottawa captured its most recent win against McMaster in 2014 on home field. On that day it was running back Bryce Vieira who led the offence with 170 yards.
Lineup changes are minimal for the Garnet and Grey after last week’s 65-1 win over Waterloo. Second-year linebacker Omba Dimanche will make his season debut at linebacker, and rookie Evan Holmes of Wolfville, N.S. will dress for the first time.
Despite both of the changes coming on the defensive side, Gee-Gees head coach Jamie Barresi noted following the Waterloo game that he was, “happy with the way the secondary managed things. They gave up some big runs early but shut it down later. The punt return team looked solid also – we didn’t let any drop.”
Since Gee-Gees Field opened in 2013, Ottawa holds a 9-2 record at home and has won all three home openers.
2015 WENDEL/HASTINGS STATLINES
Yards per game – 392 / 232
Touchdowns – 24 / 31
Completions – 216 / 203
Attempts – 346 / 284
Percentage – 62.4 / 71.5
Interceptions – 8 / 5