Volume 94, Issue 34
Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Western faces Laurier
HEY PRESCOTT, HEADS UP! Western quarterback Mike O'Brien looks to send off another pass. In this weekend's football action the Mustangs rolled over U of T to the tune of a 40-1 victory.
By Joel Brown
Western's quarterback Mike O'Brien and widereceiver James Prescott proved Saturday records are made to be broken as the Western Mustangs football team rolled over the Toronto Varsity Blues 40 Ð 1.
Despite having a slim chance of gaining home field advantage for next week's playoff match up, Western had to settle for third place in Ontario University Athletics as McMaster and Laurier won. The Mustangs will travel to Waterloo next weekend to face the Golden Hawks in the first round of the sudden death playoffs.
In the second quarter, O'Brien, connected with runningback Drew Soleyn on a 26-yard screen pass to move ahead of former Mustang Jamie Bone and become Western's all-time passing yards leader.
Later in the quarter, Prescott made his 33rd catch of the season, the most receptions ever in a season by a Western player.
Other than those record-breaking moments the game itself had little to offer in terms of excitement as Western was in control the entire time.
Toronto's game plan was to send as many people to the line of scrimmage, hoping to confuse the young Western offensive line. Despite struggling at brief periods throughout the game, Western's offence was able to effectively move the ball.
"It's the second time we've seen a team that brought everybody," said Western head coach, Larry Haylor. "Sometimes they had eight, nine, even 10 people pressuring. It forced us to make plays and I think we did a good job at doing that."
Haylor said he does not expect the same tactics to be used against them in the post-season, because of the opportunity it gives O'Brien to expose match up advantages.
"I think the teams in the playoffs will realize it's not worth the risk," he said.
Haylor praised Toronto's defence for it's effective play against Western, despite having to be on the field often, as the Varsity Blues offence sputtered along.
"Their defence hurt our offence tempo and rhythm. Then again you can say the same thing about our defence."
Despite a frustrating season for the Varsity Blues, head coach, Bob Laycoe, said his team were still not completely down on themselves.
"It's too bad we didn't have four more games," he said. "I think there's still a lot left in many players on this team."
Laycoe said he was impressed by some of what he saw throughout various moments of the game.
"Our overall tempo was good," he said. "At certain phases of the game we were able to play with Western.
"It was important that we did, because it showed to our players that we can play with good teams. I think that with a higher fitness level and conditioning we have a chance to improve."
Western linebacker, Daryl Fabiani, said the Mustangs are confident going into next week's match. "Our goal was always to peak at playoff time."
Toronto kicker, George Chilakos, produced an amusing moment in the game, when he punted the ball for zero yards. In the second quarter while punting against a strong wind Chilakos' punt seemed to hit a wall at the line of scrimmage.
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