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PREVIEW: A trip to Lancer land for undefeated Ottawa

Friday September 23, 2016
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Chantal Hupé


Ottawa (3-0) at Windsor (1-2)
Saturday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m.
Two big wins at home have propelled the Gee-Gees football team into the CIS Top Ten, holding the no. 6 spot this week. After taking care of business at home Ottawa will now test its road legs against the enigmatic Windsor Lancers.

Windsor grabbed headlines two weeks ago with a 33-29 home win over the Guelph Gryphons but followed up with a 56-32 loss to York. The Lancers are coming off a bye week and will need to improve on its 424 passing yards allowed average to have any hopes of containing Ottawa. Derek Wendel leads the OUA and ranks second nationally with an average of 372 yards per game.

The big name for Windsor is running back Tarrence Crawford who averages 114 yards per game [5th CIS] and has punched home three touchdowns. Crawford has also handled some returning duties for Windsor.

Gee-Gees place kicker Lewis Ward was named the CIS Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance against Guelph. The fourth-year has the longest field goal of the CIS season thanks to his 51-yard effort which pushed the game into overtime, and is riding a 7-for-7 streak on field goals overall this season.

Ottawa corner back Daniel Shaw will dress for the first time on Saturday. Hailing from Toronto, Shaw is the younger brother of Gee-Gees running back Donald. With the Shaw brothers, the Gee-Gees lineup will now feature three sets of brothers on the dress roster: twin linebackers Omba and Shako Dimanche, and defensive backs Cody and Ty Cranston.

Receiver Mitchell Baines played against his brother last week in the Guelph contest and added another touchdown to his 2016 resume. The Ottawa native leads the OUA and ranks second nationally with 123 yards per game.

Ottawa downed Windsor 52-24 in 2015.