Golden Hawk Profile: Levondre Gordon’s great start leads Hawks to perfect record

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One of the biggest keys behind the success of the Laurier football team last year was their balanced offense.

The dual threat of the passing game and the running game kept opposing defenses guessing all year.

The Hawks have picked up right where they left off last year, as their balanced attack has resulted in a 3-0 record to start the year.

The passing offense has been consistent and the running game has exceeded all expectations.

Spearheading this rushing attack is third-year running back Levondre Gordon.

Gordon has been dominant on the ground and he especially displayed his talent against Carleton on Sept. 9.

He rushed for an outstanding 208 yards — a career high — on 27 attempts, along with a pair of touchdowns.

The Mississauga native mentioned that the Hawks’ plan going into that match up was to be as balanced as possible.

“The game plan was to be balanced. I’m pretty sure we had an even number of runs and passes. That helps keep the defense on their toes and we just executed the game plan,” he said.

Gordon isn’t the only one capable of severely damaging defenses in this backfield.

“The goal this year is the Vanier Cup. That’s the motto the whole team is going by this year. Obviously last year we were excited because of winning the Yates, but this year we have higher goals”

Osayi Iginuan is a perfect complement to Levondre Gordon.

Coach Faulds has described this dynamic duo as “thunder and lightning”, due to the contrasting power and speed running styles of the backs.

“It’s a good relationship. We feed off each other. If I’m not getting the job done, they’ll put him in. I don’t take that as a disappointing type of thing though,” Gordon said.

“I know he’s capable of the things that I’m capable of. It’s whatever is in the best interests of winning the football game for the team.”

Coming off a season in which they lifted the Yates Cup, it would be natural for them to overlook some games. However, Gordon pointed out that the Hawks will be wary of this, ensuring that the plan is to take it one game at a time.

“After we lost to Laval last year, we learned not to take any game for granted. It doesn’t matter who we are facing, you have to take every game step by step. Every single game is a challenge.”

Building a title winning team for consecutive years is one of the hardest tasks in all of sports.

But so far, it looks like coach Faulds has built a team that is capable of going very far again this season.

“The goal this year is the Vanier Cup. That’s the motto the whole team is going by this year. Obviously last year we were excited because of winning the Yates, but this year we have higher goals,” Gordon said.

“We’re looking to win the Vanier Cup this year, but we will take it one game at a time, one step at a time.”

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