The Gee-Gees football team came from behind and used a two-point convert catch by Mitchell Baines to close out the regular season with an overtime win at Queen’s on Saturday. The 42-41 final marks Ottawa’s second win in extra time this season, and pushes the team’s final record to 6-2. Three teams finished with that record, and after all OUA tie-breakers were applied the Gee-Gees finish in fifth place and will play at Carleton’s MNP Park in next week’s conference quarter-final.
Game time is set for 1 p.m. next Saturday. A block of tickets has been reserved in sections F and G for uOttawa supporters. Tickets will be on sale Sunday morning at 10:00 am at goravens.ca. Adult tickets are $18 and Student tickets are $8.
In Kingston, Ottawa fell behind early as the Gaels took advantage of the wind and an effective ground game to take an early 16-0 lead. Lewis Ward scored first for the garnet and grey with a 32-yard field goal, the first of four for him in the game. Bryce Vieira closed the gap to 19-10 just before halftime with a six-yard touchdown catch.
“Bryce had a really good game,” noted Gee-Gees head coach Jamie Barresi. "We just chipped away – the kids handled it well and didn’t get too rattled. In the second half we got the right rotation out there we just made plays. We got after their corner and Baines was able to produce.”
Vieira was crucial to the overtime touchdown drive, running 20 yards diagonally to the corner marker for the score. That set up the Baines winner, which was actually tipped up by the Gaels defender in the end zone.
Barresi explained his thinking on the two-point convert. “It meant everything to get that sixth win. The fact of the matter is that we learned from last year’s overtime against Carleton. That was a big lesson learned because we should have ended it then. Today, the players on the bench were in my ear a bit to go for it – we knew had a play. We all felt confident about it, and they urged me on to do it. But right away I thought about that Panda Game last year."
Baines finished the day with 113 yards receiving which gives him 984 for the season and places him in the program record book for second most by a receiver in a single season.
Derek Wendel had a 29-49 day for 337 yards and established a new CIS record with a total of 232 completions this season. That topped the mark he set last season with 216. Wendel had 26 completions heading into overtime. The fifth-year from Belleville also wrapped up his regular season Gee-Gees career as the program’s all-time leader in completions with 646, eclipsing the 637 completions recorded by Josh Sacobie (2004-08).