The nationally no. 3 ranked Western Mustangs earned an emphatic 68-17 win over the no. 9 Ottawa Gee-Gees, racking up 733 yards of offence to put the game out of reach early in the second half. The victory keeps Western in a three-way tie at the top of the OUA standings, while Ottawa is now tied for fourth heading into the final week of the regular season.
Western running back Alex Taylor led the purple and white juggernaut with 160 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, while quarterback Chris Merchant was precise with a 17-22 performance for 252 yards before giving way to Stevenson Bone in the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs led 31-3 late in the second quarter before Ottawa was able to respond with a touchdown drive. Derek Wendel threw six straight completions to march down the field and connected with Mitchell Baines for the receiver’s eighth touchdown of the season. Wendel finished the day 20-34.
Western took control again quickly, scoring just before halftime to lead 38-10 at the break. Ottawa could not get going in the third quarter, starting the second half with a two-and-out and an interception which J-G Poulin picked off at the Ottawa 22-yard line. That turned into Taylor’s third touchdown of the day on a four-yard rush.
“We still have a lot of things in front of us,” added Barresi. “It’s not a time for a pity party.”