Volume 92, Issue 6
Friday, September 11, 1998
Fall football facts and figures
Now that you've got the inside scoop on the home team, it's probably a good idea to get your brain in gear and study the other teams in the Ontario University Athletics. Western's coaches have been doing it for a few months (but a bit more in depth, we hope!). So if you want to at least be somewhat knowledgeable from your cozy armchairs this fall, read up.
'97 Record: 6-2
Opener: Play U of T at home on Sept. 12
Key Players: RB Gerrit Stam, OL Kip Zavitz, DL Jeremy Oxley.
Notables who have flown the coop: K Krystian Stinger who was runner up in OUA scoring last year and QB Nathan Body who led the league in passing with 1,275 yards.
Notes: Gryphons have lost 18 players to graduation.
'97 Record: 2-5-1
Opener: Host the Mustangs Sept. 12
Key Players: WR Ryan Janzen who led the league in reception yardage and QB Ben Chapdelaine.
Notables who have flown the coop: QB Feras Ismail
Notes: Head coach Greg Marshall will be in his sophomore season after leaving the Mustangs and the offensive coordinating post in 1996.
TORONTO VARSITY BLUES
'97 Record: 2-6
Opener: Away at Guelph on Sept. 12
Key Players: James Baskin, top OUA rusher for three years running and fourth-year pivot Mark Dienesche.
Notables who have flown the coop: Team MVP, OT Peter Mauro
Notes: Baskin had the longest rushing TD last year (90 yards)
WILFRED LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS
'97 Record: 3-5
Opener: At home Sept. 12 against Waterloo
Key Players: QB Kevin Taylor led the league in completion average (53.3 per cent) and TDs with 12.
Notables who have flown the coop: OUA all-stars LB Rob Allen and DB Rob Symons.
Notes: Offensive line averages 300 pounds.
'97 Record: 0-8
Opener: York comes to town on Sept. 12
Key Players: WR Scott Miller who led league with 54 catches.
Notables who have flown the coop: DT Jim Morris and Rob McIntyre
Notes: Mike Morencie is taking over as the new head coach after a dismal '97 campaign
'97 Record: 6-2
Opener: On the road in Windsor on Sept. 12
Key Players: '95 rookie of the year RB Jeff Johnson and newcomer WR Brian Nugent.
Notables who have flown the coop: WR Andre Batson, now with the Toronto Argonauts.
Notes: After years of futility York made it all the way to the semi-finals last year before being stopped by Waterloo.
'97 Record: 6-2
Opener: Travel across town to challenge rival Laurier
Key Players: QB Ryan Wilkinson and league all-star Andy McGregor
Notables who have flown the coop: TB Jarrett Smith who led the league in rushing in '97 with 1,275 yards. Now with the Hamilton Tigercats.
Notes: Won the Yates Cup but were defeated by Ottawa in the Churchill game.
Sat. Sept. 12 McMaster @ Hamilton 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept 19 Laurier @ Home 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 26 Toronto @ Toronto 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 3 Waterloo @ Home 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 10 York @ York 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 17 Toronto @ Home 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 24 Guelph @ Guelph 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 31 Windsor @ Home 1:00 p.m.
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