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August 28 at Laurier
September 10 at Guelph
September 17 vs Western
September 24 vs Toronto
October 1 at Waterloo
October 7 at McMaster
October 15 vs Windsor
October 22 vs Ottawa
+ OUA playoffs TBA
Queen's Footblog: October 18, 2016
Queen's Footblog: October 14, 2016
Turnovers proved to be the culprit in yet another disappointing loss for the Gaels, as they went down to a menacing McMaster side 36 - 6 on Friday night. Despite high expectations for a solid match-up, McMaster dominated the entire game in what may have been the Gaels’ worst performance of the season
Following an entertaining first quarter with sacks on both sides, a few fantastic runs courtesy of Jonah Pataki, and some excellent passes, the Gaels quickly fell apart. After coming out very strong and applying the required pressure for the first 20 minutes, Queen’s entered the second quarter looking like a completely different side. McMaster effectively trounced on them nonstop for the ensuing three quarters. The Marauders defense gave Gaels' QB Nate Hobbs a particularly tough night. Hobbs fumbled and was intercepted on numerous occasions, resulting in a few very costly turnovers that subsequently cost the Gaels the game.
The main standout for the Gaels was Kicker Nick Liberatore, who surprised many with a fake punt and subsequent 21 yard run up the field from the 35-yard line, giving Queen’s a first down.
This week the Gaels (2-4) go head-to-head with Windsor at Richardson Stadium for Homecoming. The support of a home crowd should give the Gaels the confidence and boost they need to pick up another victory. Although the Gaels are 2-4 they still have a chance at making the playoffs, however they are going to have to beat a very tough Ottawa team in their final game of the season in order to qualify. Regardless, this Gaels side has a lot of young talent and even if this isn’t their year, many pundits speculate next year very well could be.
Queen's Footblog: September 14, 2016
The Queen’s Gaels went head-to-head in an exciting match-up with the Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Stadium on Saturday. However, despite dominating much of the first half, the Gaels were overpowered by the Gryphons’ offense. Guelph eventually came back from an 11-0 score to win 38-29. This was Guelph’s first win after a season-opening defeat to the Windsor Lancers, and Queen’s second loss, following a similar performance at Laurier on August 28.
The defensive line was a highlight once again as Queen’s controlled the first quarter and Nate Hobbs hurled a 42-yard TD pass to Jonah Pataki, opening the scoring. Queen’s also landed a rouge and scored on a subsequent kickoff. During the second quarter the Gryphons rebounded, making the score 11-8 before the third. Queen’s continued to dominate with Ryan Keays giving the Gaels an 18-8 lead. This was followed by a field goal by the Gaels and a touchdown by Gryphon Daniel Palmer-Salmon. A series of interceptions and a second Brandon Gordon touchdown powered Guelph to a 29-21 lead as the two teams approached the fourth.
Despite an incredible 77 yard TD run by receiver Chris Osei-Kusi and some equally impressive plays throughout the fourth, the Gaels were unable to hold it together. Although they played a mostly-solid game filled with great teamwork, Queen’s once again fumbled at the finish as they let the Gryphons capitalize on some costly errors. For instance, QB Nate Hobbs was intercepted three times by linebackers Derek Drouillard, Luke Korol and DB Graham Brodie.
After only two performances it is still difficult to predict the Gaels’ fate in the 2016-17 season. However, a pattern seems to be emerging. In their game against Laurier and now Guelph, the Gaels lead for much of the game, only to essentially crumble in the latter stages. Having lost their first two road games the Gaels will finally play on home soil in the newly-constructed Richardson Stadium this Saturday against rivals Western, in what will hopefully be a moral-boosting game.
This next game will be telling of the Gaels’ future this season. Having your first two games on the road is definitely a difficult hurdle and a home advantage as well as a nation-wide CityTV broadcast of long-time rivals will definitely provide this year’s squad with both motivation and pressure to succeed. Queen’s narrowly lost their opening games with relatively low scoring whereas Western absolutely crushed Windsor and Waterloo 78-6 and 75-14 respectively, losing only to the Carlton Ravens-a team widely considered this year’s cream of the crop.
The odds seem to be stacked against Queen’s, home field advantage could give the Gaels the confidence they need to triumph and begin making their mark this season.
Queen's Footblog: September 1, 2016
Despite Coach Pat Sheahan's optimism at a press conference on Thursday, August 25, as well as a 18-16 first-half lead, the Gaels lost their opener to the Laurier Golden Hawks 37-18 in Waterloo on Sunday.
The Gaels had a strong start at University Stadium in front of a crowd of over 1000 with some solid performances from the defensive line. However, it was a very tight game with few scoring opportunities; the Queen’s offense was unable to gain momentum early on against Laurier’s impressive backline. The Golden Hawks outpaced the Gaels in total offence (287-203) and net yard passing (187-158). The Gaels also gave up four sacks – with a total loss of 53 yards.
The Golden Hawks made it 8 – 0 near the end of the first quarter with a pair of field goals (49 and 40) and a safety courtesy of Nathan Mesher. The second quarter saw the Gaels play more cohesively, tying it up with a Jonah Pataki touchdown and a Nick Liberatore single, but the Hawks regained the lead with a Mesher rouge with only a few seconds remaining.
A touchdown connection from Nate Hobbs to Matteo Del Brocco put the Gaels in front 15 – 9 halfway through the third quarter. The Gaels didn’t sustain the lead for long though as John and Kurleigh Gittens Jr. put the Hawks back on top with a hook up resulting in a 31-yard TD pass later in the third quarter. A 31-yard field goal from rookie kicker Liberatore put the Gaels up 18 - 16, however this was the last time Queen's lead the scoreboard. The Gaels lost momentum and suffered from some costly turnovers in what would be a devastating fourth quarter.
With the Gaels leading 18 – 16 in the fourth quarter, Onyeka picked off a questionable pass, returning it for a touchdown making the score 23 – 18 for Laurier. With roughly 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter the Hawks extended their lead when quarterback Villamizar received a 27-yard TD pass from Julien John. The scoring was finished with 2:25 left as Eric Guiltanen rushed in from 7 yards.
Despite a disappointing opening loss, the Gaels were up against an arguably more skilled side. The Gaels defense shown through and contributed a lot of great plays. Rookie Nick Liberatore proved himself with some fantastic kicks in what must have been an overwhelming experience for the first year. Phoenix Grouse also put in a solid performance on defense and Chris Osei-Kusi made a large impact on offence with 8 catches for 74 yards and the first touchdown drive. All three players were named Queen’s University players of the week.
The Gaels will take on the Guelph Gryphons on September 10 in what should be an exciting matchup. Stay tuned for more football coverage at cfrc.ca!