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RECAP: #9 Gee-Gees win scrappy road game at York, improve to 3-0

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Saturday September 9, 2017
Victor Twynstra runs with the ball
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Placide Ilunga

The Gee-Gees football team has started to put some of their offensive struggles behind them after closing out a 26-17 win at York on Saturday.

Despite not finding the end zone in their first two games, the Gee-Gees were able to punch in two touchdowns, despite dealing with some key personnel changes in the game.

Fifth-year starting quarterback Victor Twynstra returned after missing a game and a half to injury. The veteran looked comfortable in his return, but it was still a process of getting used to game action again. Twynstra passed for 158 yards and a touchdown and picked up another 74 yards rushing in the win.

The second key change for the Gee-Gees was at running back, where Donald Shaw stepped in for the resting Bryce Vieira and had a fantastic showing. Shaw proved he can be a reliable every down back, pounding the Lions defence for 135 yards and a touchdown. Shaw’s total is the most for any Gee-Gees running back since the 2014 season.

On defence, the Gee-Gees were not quite as sharp as their last two games, but were still able to limit the Lions throughout. Third-year cornerback Jamie Harry continued to impress as he had two interceptions and a team-high 8.5 tackles, his second interception sealed the win in the final seconds.

Harry’s three interceptions leads the nation and after getting another sack in the first quarter, defensive end Alain Pae is second in the country with 5.

Second-year defensive end Nicarlo Funai, a transfer from McMaster was eligible to suit up for the Gee-Gees for the first time this season. The Greely, ON product finished with a stuffed stat-line, recording 3 total tackles, a shared tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and a pass deflection.

Lewis Ward and Kalem Beaver also were key in Ottawa’s win. Ward was 3-4 on field goals, with a long from 40 yards for a total of 12 points. Beaver had 80 yards receiving on four catches, with an average of 20 yards per catch.

Kickoff at McMaster is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be live streaming on OUA.tv.