The uOttawa Gee-Gees football team rode a strong start to a commanding 39-14 victory over the visiting Windsor Lancers on Saturday afternoon at Gee-Gees Field. The win moves Ottawa to 4-1 and into a four-way tie for first place in the OUA.
First-year starting quarterback Alex Lavric broke the 300-yard passing barrier for the first time, finding Carter Matheson for a team-high of 88 yards on four catches. Lavric finished 20-31 with 309 yards.
The Gee-Gees pulled out to a 30-0 lead on the strength of two receiving touchdowns thrown by Lavric, a one yard punch-in from running back Bryce Vieira and an interception returned 41 yards by Cody Cranston. The interception was the third of the season for the third-year from Winnipeg, and the first touchdown of his Gee-Gees career.
“Coach JB puts us in positions to make plays which is nice and I’m feeling more comfortable this year,” notes Cranston. “Playing on the field as opposed to the boundary half has opened some stuff up for me and I enjoy playing in the system. My strength is reading the field and seeing the space which is where I’ve seen improvement in my game.”
Ottawa as a team now has eight interceptions, which is tied for the OUA lead.
Windsor scored its first major just before halftime and added its second at the end of the fourth quarter. The Lancers relied on running backs Marvin Gaynor and Marcus Kenner for 97 and 74 yards, respectively, of the team’s 259 total yards.
Penalties for Ottawa took back big plays such as a would-be Kalem Beaver TD punt return in the first half, a 40-yard sideline strike to Matheson midway through the fourth, and a Rashad Spooner interception late. The Gee-Gees finished the game with a season-high 127 penalty yards against.
“I congratulated the team and I’m proud of the fact that they won, but we are making too many mistakes. We cannot be the team we need to be if we are going make those mistakes,” said head coach Jamie Barresi, who noted that the team’s youth was apparent at times.
The special teams unit was a bright spot again for the Gee-Gees with Jackson Bennett providing a 91-yard return while the punt coverage team provided excellent field position. Lewis Ward provided the final nine points for uOttawa and added to his program record for field goals made in a career, which now stands at 81.
With four games remaining, Ward is within reach of the all-time U SPORTS record, 91. His next field goal will move him into third position in the all-time national rankings.
Ottawa now sets its sights on the September 30 Panda Game at TD Place.