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Playoff spot at stake for Ottawa in final home game of the season

Friday October 23, 2015
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 The Gee-Gees will take to the field on Saturday for the final home game of the season against the Toronto Varsity Blues. Though it will be the final time they play at Gee-Gees Field this year, it may not be the last game of the season.

If Ottawa defeats the Varsity Blues and the Laurier Golden Hawks fall to the Queen’s Gaels, Ottawa would then earn the final OUA playoff spot.  They will have to do it against a Toronto team that ranks sixth in the country in rushing yards. However, the Varsity Blues allow an average of 452.4 yards, and score 21.4 points per game while allowing 25.6. This bodes well for an Ottawa offence which averages 36.4 points per game.

Gee-Gees quarterback Derek Wendel wasn’t made aware of the full tie-breaking procedures until recently and knows he can only worry about the game in which he will play. “A couple guys tried to explain to me how it worked, but I honestly didn’t pay too much attention. I was just trying to focus on what we were doing this week. It seems like there’s an infinite amount of scenarios that could happen so we’re trying to focus on beating Toronto and getting a shot at it.”

Wendel is happy to still be able to compete for a playoff spot. However, he echoes some of the sentiments shared by his head coach, Jamie Barresi saying that not fully controlling the team’s playoff fate is “tough now but we had opportunities throughout the season and it was up to us then."

Despite the numbers showing a high-powered offence, a major issue has been plaguing the unit in recent weeks; dropped passes. For Wendel, the issue can easily be remedied by sticking to the game plan. “Getting the ball at the proper time to make it easier for those guys is really all you can do. As long as we can keep our running game going steady now, I think it could help the passing game.”

The game will be broadcast on OUA.tv and tickets are available online.

A portion of the ticket proceeds for this game will be going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation