Mustangs seek revenge
By Ian Denomme
|GROUP HUG. Mustangs football
players celebrate a touchdown, which they hope to do a lot
of this weekend against Queen's University.
It won't be hard for the Western Mustangs
football team to get motivated for Saturday's game against the
Queen's Golden Gaels (2-0) at TD Waterhouse Stadium at 2 p.m.
The Golden Gaels ended the Mustangs season
last year with a convincing 55-20 victory in the Ontario University
Athletics semi-finals in Kingston to advance to the Yates Cup.
Both the players and coaches haven't forgot
about the embarrassing loss that ended last year's season and
have had this game circled on their calendars since then.
"We feel like this is our Homecoming,"
said wide receiver Andy Fantuz. "That loss was really tough
on our team and we want to redeem ourselves."
The Gael's have started the season strongly
with two straight blowout wins and are ranked fourth in Canada.
Western bounced back last week with a win over Waterloo, after
an opening season loss to Windsor.
"It's a revenge thing," said new
defensive coordinator Paul Gleason. "Our kids want to get
back at them. We have a whole new system from what we did last
year ã the onus is on us to come up big."
Defensive lineman John Csoborko agreed there
will be a lot of pressure on the defensive, but said getting
up for the game won't be a problem.
"We don't need any extra coaxing,"
Csoborko said. "We've lost to them the last three years
and we've been thinking about that game and know if we want
to be [considered] a good team we have to start beating the
other good clubs in our conference."
One difference between this weekend's game
and the previous three is that it's being played here and Western
will have home field advantage. Quarterback Chris Hessel said
the team is looking forward to them coming here, rather then
having to travel all the way to Kingston.
Queen's is led by last year's Hec Crighton
Award winner Tommy Dennison, who broke the Canadian Interuniversity
Sport record for passing yards last season. Along with their
high powered offense, the Gaels are backed up by their strong
Keeping up with the Gael's offense will be
an important factor in the game, Hessel explained. "We
need to control the ball, so we can control the clock. If we
have the ball, we can keep their offense off the field and give
our defense a chance to rest."
Regardless of how long the offense is on
the field, the defense will still need to come up big.
"Last year we got picked apart by them,"
Csoborko said. "We were blamed for the loss ã this
year we want to redeem ourselves."
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