Volume 94, Issue 25
Friday, October 13, 2000
Mustangs stampede to Queen's
By Joel Brown
Do not blame Larry Haylor for being just a little cautious about this weekend's game against the 0-5 Queen's Golden Gaels.
Despite the poor record of the Kingston university, Western's head football coach has long, vivid memories about what happened the last time he faced them in 1991 despite it only being exhibition action.
"I remember that year we had a good team and they had been having a lackluster season going into the game," Haylor said. "In the end that really didn't matter because they managed to beat us."
Add this to the competitive spirit that exists between the two schools and Haylor said he believes his team should have no problem getting motivated for Saturday's game on Golden Gaels' turf. "It's one of the more storied football rivalries in the nation," he said. "It definitely will be a challenge."
Each season teams from the OUA and Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference, play interleague games as part of their regular season schedule. The last time Western and Queen's faced each other in regular season action was in 1979. This will be the first of two crossover games for Queen's. They travel to Waterloo to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks next weekend.
Despite not having a chance to make the playoffs, Golden Gaels head coach Pat Sheahan, is looking forward to this game as a measuring point for next season, when both his program and Ottawa's will leave the O-QIFC and enter the OUA.
"Laurier and Western have traditionally been two of the stronger teams in the OUA." Sheahan said. "With these two teams we'll find out the standard we have to play up to."
"[Western's] a very solid football team that is well coached," he said. "We'll have our hands full this weekend."
Sheahan, attributes his team's struggles to the lack of experience that exists among the starters. "We're a very young team," Sheahan said. "We're kind of a no-name crew trying to get it done. But the fact is you don't win championships with freshman."
Last week that point was proven as the Golden Gaels got trounced by the Ottawa Gee Gees team 45Ð0. "I thought we had made some progress [before last week's game]," Sheahan said. "However, we got rattled when they took the early lead and we never were able to recover."
Western quarterback Mike O'Brien is questionable as a kicker after punting only once against Waterloo last weekend. Queen's believes keeping him under tight wraps this weekend will be essential to keeping the game close. "He's one of the most prolific QB's in the country," Sheahan said. "I don't want to promote ill will, but if he wants to delay his return to the kicking game it will be a positive for our team."
Haylor said Queen's has some dangerous players who can improve the team's fortunes. He said Queen's defensive tackle Corey Trudeau one of the better lineman he has seen this year and is also impressed with slotback Jamie Maclean. "[Maclean's] an All-Canadian who was drafted by Hamilton [into the Canadian Football League]," he said. "The only reason he's not playing pro is because he has one more year of college eligibility."
Both Haylor and Mustang defensive co-ordinator Bob LaRose, likened the Queen's offence to Western's conference rival Guelph.
Western offensive lineman, Phillipe Beadry, said the team is trying to prepare the same way it does for every game, but are confident the outcome will be in the Mustang favour. "They haven't lost to a bad team, we're taking them very seriously," Beadry said. "We prepare for each game the same way, but I don't think we're going to lose."
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