Volume 95, Issue 34

Thursday, November 1, 2001
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Facing the Mac attack

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Facing the Mac attack

The animal usually associated with Western football is the galloping Mustang, but this weekend in Hamilton, the most prevalent image will be dogs – as in underdogs.

"We are underdogs and, in fairness, we should be," said Western's head coach Larry Haylor. "McMaster has been a dominate team for two or three years now and we're a young team on the rise."

Most of the attention surrounding McMaster this year has focused on their potent offense, but Haylor said there is much more to the Marauders than posting big points.

"[McMaster has a] great balance. None of the coaches in the [Ontario University Athletics Conference] overlook the fact that their defense is outstanding. Their defense is a unit that gets them great field position and when you combine that with their offense, it's a deadly mix."

But Haylor added his troops are a confident bunch. "We need to be confident. We've played much better over the last four weeks and we have a greater sense of confidence in our competence," he said.

"We need to generate offence and we can't allow their defense to dominate. We also have to limit their big plays [on offense], the big momentum shifting plays. We can't shut down their weapons, but we need to control them," he added.

McMaster spanked Western 48-10 earlier this season, due largely to the eight Mustang turnovers. As a result, Haylor said cutting down on turnovers will be imperative. "We need to be aggressive without being reckless and we need to take care of the ball," he said.

Students wishing to attend the game in Hamilton are advised to be at Alumni Hall by 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, to board buses for the 2 p.m. game.

–Ryan Dixon

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