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PREVIEW: Building playoff momentum at Queen’s

Thursday October 20, 2016
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Gord Weber

GAME INFO
Ottawa (5-2) at Queen’s (3-4)
Saturday October 22
1 p.m.
Richardson Stadium
Webcast live on OUA.tv

The no. 9 nationally ranked Gee-Gees football team has one more regular season game to handle before the OUA playoffs begin. Ottawa heads to Queen’s this week knowing that a spot in the top five of the conference regular season standings is assured, while the Gaels will be fighting for the final playoff spot. 

As announced by OUA on Thursday, Ottawa will finish fifth unless Waterloo (0-7) defeats the Carleton Ravens (5-2) on Saturday. If Carleton avoids the upset, Ottawa has three potential playoff opponents: Laurier, Western, or the Ravens. For the full playoff scenario release, visit OUA.ca.

The weather may feel like playoff time on Saturday, as the Kingston forecast calls high winds making it feel like two degrees with a drizzle. In previous seasons, part of the game plan would surround the fact that the grass turf Richardson Stadium would be in poor shape after a rainy week. This game marks Ottawa’s first visit to the renewed facility at Queen’s.

For the Gee-Gees, this weekend is all about putting a good performance on the field to regroup following last week’s loss to Western. A strong team effort will go a long way for playoff confidence. 

“Queen’s has played Western tough two years in a row,” points out Gee-Gees head coach Jamie Barresi. "They are a team that comes prepared and we’ll have to be ready for a real tough game.”

Of note, Mitchell Baines heads into the final week of the season as the nation’s leader in overall receptions (55) and yards (871). The fifth-year target is within reach of becoming just the second Gee-Gees receiver in team history to record a 1000-yard season. 

Quarterback Derek Wendel is also within reach of a pair of records. The national leader in completions, touchdowns, and passing yards enters his final regular season game 14 completions shy of his own CIS record for completions in a season (216, set last year). He is also approaching the Gee-Gees program record for career completions, needing 20 to break Josh Sacobie’s mark of 637.