With week two coming to a close in the OUA football season, we look at the top five teams in the OUA football standings.
In their home opener the Guelph Gryphons lost to the favoured Ottawa Gee Gee’s 35-8. It wasn’t until the third quarter that the Gryphons were able to put points on the board in front of a hometown crowd of over 6,500. However, following the loss, the Gryphons travelled to Waterloo to take on the Warriors in their home opener defeating the Warriors and moving to .500. The Gryphons dominated the Warriors in a 65-13 romping which included four passing touchdowns by Gryphons quarterback Chris Rossetti. The Gryphons next game is against the Toronto Varsity Blues in Toronto on September 17.
Laurier Golden Hawks
Your hometown Hawks opened the season on the road against the York University Lions and showed them up with a 46-7 win that was capped off by a whopping 31 points scored by the Golden Hawks in the final quarter. This past Saturday, the Golden Hawks were upset by the Windsor Lancers, losing 41-40. Playing to a home crowd of over 5,100, the Golden Hawks were shocked by a dying seconds rouge by Lancer kicker Dan Cerino that ended the game in a Lancer victory. The Golden Hawks take their 1-1 record to Kingston next Saturday to play the Queens Golden Gaels.
With a surprising upset over the Laurier Golden Hawks the Windsor Lancers have started the season with an undefeated 2-0 record, good enough for third in the OUA standings. The Lancers started the season at home against the Toronto Varsity Blues with a 38-5 victory. From there, the Lancers travelled to Laurier where they surprised the hometown favourites in a 41-40 victory which was capped off by a rouge on the final play of the game to seal the victory. The Lancers next game is this Saturday at home against the McMaster Mauraders.
Ottawa Gee Gee’s
The Gee Gee’s started their season on the road in Guelph against the Gryphons to open the season, successfully defeating them by a score of 35-8. Next, they came back home inside Frank Clair stadium to face off against the Queen’s University Golden Gaels, beating Queens 19-6 to climb to 2-0, second only behind Western in the OUA standings and power rankings. Coincidentally enough, their next game is in tough on the road against the number one ranked Western Mustangs in what will be a pivotal match up.
The number one ranked football team in the OUA standings is the Western Mustangs, who hold a 2-0 record with 134 points for with only 43 points against. They started their early season dominance with an absolute shellacking of the Waterloo Warriors at home inside TD Waterhouse Stadium. The final score stood at 86-22 and could have been a sign of things to come as the Mustangs travelled to Hamilton to take on the McMaster Mauraders. They soundly defeated the Mauraders 48-21 claiming early season bragging rights and the top spot in the OUA standings. Their next matchup is at home against the second ranked team, the Ottawa Gee Gee’s which should provide the first true test for the Mustangs and allow them to prove just how dominant they can be. Kickoff is September 17 at 1 pm.