Hawks fall to Lancers in heartbreaker

Photo by Heather Davidson

Photo by Heather Davidson

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks and the Windsor Lancers certainly did not fail to put on a show Saturday.

Fifth-year Lancers quarterback Austin Kennedy had the last laugh as he launched a 58-yard touchdown pass with 39 seconds on the clock, winning Windsor a 39-34 victory.

The entire game was a see-saw battle, as Laurier jumped out to a 13-0 lead mid-way through the second quarter, only to allow 14 straight points and go into half time down a single point.

The second half proved to be more of the same, as Laurier jumped out to a 33-16 lead to open the fourth quarter, but allowed 17 straight points and set up a tie game with under 5 minutes to go.

The Lancers conceded a rouge with about 2 minutes remaining, putting Laurier up by a single point.

Kennedy then led his team down the field and capped it off with his eventual touchdown pass on third and 18.

Fracas had one last shot for the Golden Hawks and got them all the way down to the Lancer’s 26, before an incomplete pass to Anthony Pizzuti as time expired, ended the contest.

“At the end of the day, it’s football. It comes down to one play and hats off to Windsor. They made that play at the end of the game to win,” said Fracas.

According to head coach Michael Faulds, there were many reasons why Windsor was a tough opponent.

“They had lost their first home opener, and with them having the bye week this upcoming week we know they did not want to start out 0-2,” he said

Last season, the Hawks lost their Homecoming game to Windsor on a blocked field goal as time expired. According to Fracas, the team came back from that game strong, and this is no different.

“This team is a very young team, but also a great bounce back team. That’s exactly what we are going to do. We are going to come out firing one game at a time and try to put ourselves deep into the playoffs,” he said.

Laurier has a full week of practice before they play Waterloo in their home opener at University Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.

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