September 12, 2003  
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Mustangs seek revenge on Gaels

By Ian Denomme
Gazette Staff

Dave Picard/Gazette
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 veteran defense.

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."

*catch the game live Sat., Sep. 13, on CHRW 94.9 FM




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