Volume 95, Issue 30

Thursday, October 25, 2001
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Dinosaurs scintillating in East

Western's Donato a survivor

Mustangs host Waterloo

Mustangs host Waterloo

Saturday will mark a true test for the Western Mustang football team.

After last Saturday's huge win over the Ottawa Gee Gees, the Mustangs will host Waterloo in their first playoff game, this Saturday at 2 p.m..

Western head coach Larry Haylor said his troops will head into the game with confidence after a few weeks of steady progression on the field.

"We've been gaining confidence for the last three weeks. After our loss to Waterloo [on Homecoming weekend] our confidence was at its lowest point, having lost to McMaster the week before. It's grown progressively since then and that's very important for this game," Haylor said.

Of course, the sound beating Western received from Waterloo in TD Waterhouse Stadium is not lost on the Mustangs. Haylor said that defeat could provide some extra incentive, but, at this point in the season, no additional motivation should be required.

"If we needed something like [the loss to Waterloo] to motivate us at this point, it would be worrisome. We're in a sudden death situation, you win – you go on, you lose – you go home. That should be enough motivation," Haylor said.

Earning home field advantage was a nice bonus, Haylor added, "I think if you polled any of our players about whether they'd rather play in Waterloo, you wouldn't get any votes. It's always nice to play at home."

–Ryan Dixon

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