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Volume 91, Issue 15
Tuesday, September 23, 1997
Disley fires up afterburners
HERE'S MY RENDITION OF THE TIMELESS CLASSIC, FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE. Receiver Dan Disley celebrates after his first touchdown catch. Disley was named the player of the game in a 49-13 Mustang onslaught.
By John Intini
Western quarterback Oliver Curri might not throw the ball often, but as the Toronto Varsity Blues found out, he can be deadly when he does.
Last Saturday, Curri played three quarters of a 49-13 Western blowout over a winless University of Toronto squad. In that time, the fourth-year quarterback threw the ball only eight times, but completed all but one of them.
Wide receiver Dan Disley was the recipient of over half of Curri's tosses, with five receptions for a total of 127 yards and two touchdowns.
"It's nice to see that he [Curri] has confidence in me," Disley said. "He's unbelievable, missing only one pass today, I definitely have confidence in him as well."
The six-foot-two, 185-pound Disley is highly-praised by Western's quarterback for his speed and athleticism which gives him an advantage over the defensive backs in the league. Thus far, Disley has been Curri's favourite target and the quarterback has many words of praise for his teammate.
"Dan is incredible in one-on-one situations," Curri said. "It probably looks like all we do is play catch but his speed makes it so easy for me."
Even with the great passing success of the offensive duo, the Mustangs once again gained the majority of their yardage with a strong attack on the ground.
Runningback Mike Laszlo, who had 150 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown, led the ground attack against an over-matched Blues defensive line.
"Passing was really easy thanks to another great game from our backs and front line," Curri said. "When the run game works well I get a lot more time to pass the football."
Head coach Larry Haylor commented after the game about the importance of setting up a running game early in the season, explaining why the team has elected not to go to the air as often.
"If we don't have to throw, why bother," Haylor said. "The good teams win with the run. Ball control is the key to winning football games and if you can have success with a great running game, like we've had, then throwing the ball is just giving the other team a chance."
Toronto head coach Bob Laycoe with commented on the fact that the balance of the Mustang attack is the key to their success.
"The strength of the Mustang team is not found in one, two or even 20 players," Laycoe said. "Their incredible balance is what makes them such a great team and why they are one of the best in the country."
Saturday's game marked the return of All-Canadian linebacker Derek Krete. Krete made his presence known early in the first quarter, when he proceeded to bat a pass from Blues' quarterback Mark Dienesch into the air, intercepting it and then rambling 35 yards into the end zone for the Mustangs' first score.
"Derek felt a little tightness early on in the game, but as the game went on was fine," Haylor said. "His interception in the first quarter was a definite tempo-setter that took the wind out of the Blues' sails. From there our offence took over."
Toronto never had a chance to get in the game, as the Mustangs lit up the scoreboard early and often going into the locker room with a 35-1 half-time lead. Many of the Blues players were sickened by their performance and felt that their play in the first half was not indicative of the type of team that they are capable of being.
"Western's the best team that we have played so far," Dienesch said, "Guelph and York had some good defences but Western's is unstoppable. All we could do after the first half was try to go out and win the second half."
Coach Haylor was very pleased with his team's overall performance, regardless of the Mustang victories which have come over the lower echelon teams in the OUA.
"I think for this early in the season we are playing great," he said. "Our offence is clicking and keeping good ball control and our defence has stopped everybody. No matter who the opponent is, each game is a test of a certain aspect of your team. We blew them out today but improved as a team."
The Mustangs will take their undefeated record on the road next Saturday when they head to Windsor to take on the Lancers (0-3) who they beat in the season opener 29-10. Kick-off is at 2 p.m.
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