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Wednesday October 5, 2016
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Marc Bourget

York (2-3) at Ottawa (4-1)
Friday Oct. 7
7 p.m.
Gee-Gees Field

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The Gee-Gees football team hosts its first night game at Gee-Gees Field on Friday with the York Lions in town as the OUA regular season winds its way towards the playoffs. Ottawa will have two games remaining following this week’s contest in order to lock up home field advantage during the playoffs. The Gee-Gees are in a four-way tie for second in the OUA coming into this week.

Following last week’s Panda Game Gee-Gees quarterback Derek Wendel picked out positives to build on: momentum built by big plays in the fourth quarter and the improvement in the team’s rushing attack. “We just need to focus on us, our intensity, and make sure that we stick to our game plan,” said Wendel. "The loss gets treated the same once you’re in the video room.” Wendel heads into week seven of the OUA schedule as the league’s passing leader with 371.4 yards per game. 

York has scored big in its two wins over Waterloo and Windsor but have also been held to single digits twice in losses to Laurier and Carleton. The Lions defence has allowed 42.8 points per game but has been particularly vulnerable to the running game; Ottawa’s four running backs could be busy on Friday. 

Several new players will dress for uOttawa in the game including local area freshmen Alex Douglas (Cornwall Collegiate) at free safety, Brett Jelley (St. Paul H.S.) at offensive tackle, and team mates from St. Francis Xavier High School, wide receiver Dylan St. Pierre and defensive end Gerrard Osakwe. 

This will be the second time this season that Ottawa will face an opponent which is coming off its bye week. Although the extra rest ultimately did not help Windsor, it is still a factor to be considered in the match-up. York is also 0-2 on the road this season.