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Dave Van Dyck/Gazette
THANK GOD FOR JOCK STRAPS. Running back Michael Bonk attempted to
move past a Waterloo defender Saturday during Western's Homecoming
game. Western lost to Waterloo, 22-3.
By Ryan Dixon
At 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Western's TD Waterhouse Stadium, a raucous crowd anticipated another classic round of Waterloo versus Western.
By 4 p.m., you could have heard a pin drop.
The record Homecoming crowd of 11,300 found the exit gates early, as it became painfully apparent the Warriors were too much for the Mustangs, pasting Western 22-3.
Waterloo head coach Chris Triantafilou said the added atmosphere provided by the record crowd was irrelevant this was going to be a big game no matter what.
Western head coach Larry Haylor said the Mustangs would have had a much better chance if they could cut back on their tendency to shoot themselves in the foot,
"I thought we were actually in it until their last touchdown. I thought we played reasonably well. We were struggling particularly on offense and we could not put together six, seven or eight plays without a serious self-induced error," Haylor said.
Indeed, some back-breaking Warrior gains came on the heels of Western foul-ups. Haylor said much of that can be pinned on the youth of this team.
"We're making a lot of mistakes that are errors of omission. In our first two possessions we moved the ball well and we had things set and one of our young people up front just didn't do what he was supposed to do a couple of times," adding, "[the player] had no awareness of what he was supposed to do."
Western quarterback Chris Hessel continued to struggle, completing just seven passes for 82 yards. Despite the poor numbers, Haylor said pointing the finger at his quarterback is not the solution.
"It's easy to focus on [Hessel] and say we're struggling there and we are but in fairness to [Hessel], this is his third game. It's easy to say he should do this or he should do that, but he's doing his best and he's trying hard. We have to exercise some measure of patience," the coach said.
Haylor also said no matter what the scenario is, the quarterback is always the centre of attention. "I keep saying it and I'm not being defensive I'm just simply saying that quarterbacks always get isolated. When they play well, they get vast amounts of praise and when they don't play as well as everyone likes, they get vast amounts of criticism."
Mustang offensive lineman Mike Chuk said Waterloo came through when they had to. "Waterloo made big plays when they needed to. They got the momentum to swing their way and they made huge plays."
"Homecoming or no Homecoming when the Warriors and the Mustangs get together, it's a tough battle. I give them a lot of credit. They're a good football team, but today the Warriors prevailed," Triantafilou said.
He added the win should not come as a surprise to anyone. "We've done it before, it's nothing new for us, so it's not like they're shocked or we're shocked. We came here to play football."
While Western has now dropped two games in a row, Haylor said he is by no means pessimistic about the future.
"We're very disappointed, but we'll see. We'll get working and get better."