Volume 93, Issue 27
Tuesday, October 19, 1999
Western closes the gate on Bishop's
QUICK EVERYONE TURN TO THE SIDE AND SAY CHEESE FOR THE CAMERA. The Mustangs were all smiles after they beat Bishop's 22-12, making their record 6-0.
By Chad Thompson
It must have been a quiet 11 hour bus ride back to Lennoxville, Quebec for the Bishop's Gaiters after the Western Mustang football team handed them a 22-12 loss.
The game started slowly, as the only scoring in the first quarter came from the foot of Bishop's kicker Rob Hortsman who had two singles at 10:33 and 7:40, giving Bishop's a 2-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Mustangs got on the board with a 69 yard single by quarterback/punter Mike O'Brien. After Western regained the ball, runningback Fabian Rayne rumbled 29 yards for the first touchdown of the game, giving Western an 8-2 lead. However, in the remainder of the quarter, Western lost Rayne to a sprained ankle, but fortunately runningback Mike Laszlo was able to fill his shoes.
On the ensuing kickoff, Western's placekicker Guilio Fricano scored a single by kicking the ball through the end zone. Western rounded out the scoring in the quarter when Fricano hit a 16 yard field goal with 2:34 left on the clock. Western led 12-2 at the half.
The third quarter saw an exchange of field goals between the two teams. Approximately 10 minutes into the quarter, Hortsman kicked a 10 yard field goal and at 2:52 of the third, Fricano added a 10 yard field goal of his own, leaving the score at 15-5.
Western drove the ball down to Bishop's one yard line in the fourth quarter, where Western runningback Scott Crawley broke through the line to score the touchdown and put the Mustangs ahead 22-5.
On the next series of downs, Bishop's marched back down the field and scored on a seven yard touchdown pass from quarterback Clark Stewart to running back O.J. Burnett.
Bishop's attempted to score one more time late in the game, but defensiveback Adam McLeod picked off a Stewart pass officially ending any chance of adding to their tally.
After the game, Bishop's head coach Tom Allen said he was pleased with his team's performance despite the loss. "I am very proud of our kids today. We are a very young team, we lost starters from last year," he said. "We were able to hit with [Western] and played them down to the wire."
Western head coach Larry Haylor said he felt his team survived this game, but pointed out a lack of desire. "I thought we had no mental edge to start the game. We have come off three big games and the players probably didn't have the mind set to play Bishop's," he said. "We had to adjust to them which is evidence of not being mentally ready."
Western runningback Scott Crawley agreed with his coach's statement. "It is all mental attitude. We are playing to other people's levels. We have to shut them down," he said. "We could have played better."
Defensive co-ordinator Bob LaRose said he felt the defence played well but not against the pass. "I thought we played well against the run, but the pass coverage was not good. We did not have a lot of pressure on the quarterback and we struggled to pick up the right man."
Western linebacker Justin Anania said he felt the defence struggled a bit in the game. "I thought we could have done better," he said. "I'm picky though. I'm happy with our play but I want us to be the best defence in the country."
Western's next game is Saturday at McMaster at 2 p.m..
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