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Ravens get first victory of their second incarnation

September 2, 2014

Carleton Ravens version 2.0 got its first win since returning to Ontario University Athletics Monday, defeating the Waterloo Warriors 33-14 in Waterloo.

The Ravens, winless in their maiden season last year after a 15-year hiatus, scored the only 10 points of the first quarter and led 12-11 at halftime.

After Caleb Girard’s 16-yard field goal late in the third quarter cut Waterloo’s deficit to 18-14, it took Carleton just 49 seconds to respond, as Marley Patterson and quarterback Jesse Mills connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass that restored the lead to 11 points.

Mills finished the game 11-for-22 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Jahvari Bennett rushed 15 times for the Ravens for 120 yards. He also made three catches for 69 yards amid Carleton’s 510 yards of total offence.

In other games on the opening day of the Canadian university football season, the Ottawa Gee-Gees defeated the York Lions 51-7, the McMaster Marauders downed the Guelph Gryphons 34-27 in overtime, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks beat the Toronto Blues 53-17 and the Queen’s Golden Gaels prevailed over the Windsor Lancers 39-30.

Playing at home, Ottawa scored 24 points in the second quarter to break open a 10-3 game. The Gee-Gees finished with 591 yards of total offence, while the Lions were held to just 53 yards rushing. The rout might have been more thorough but for 20 penalties that cost the Gee-Gees 170 yards.

Oddly, York possessed the ball for five more minutes than did the winners.

Ottawa quarterback Derek Wendel, the former Kingston Grenadier, completed 24 of 26 passes for 341 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Seven of those passes, for 122 yards, went to Nick Dagher; another was a 73-yard scoring play to former Sydenham Golden Eagle Ben Fisher.

Mack Tommy had 105 yards rushing from 15 carries. Former Bayridge Blazer Lewis Ward kicked field goals of 42, 30 and 12 yards for the Gee-Gees; his 42-yarder being a career-best boot.

Playing before a crowd of more than 5,200 in Hamilton, Guelph led 24-9 late in the third quarter before the Marauders mounted their comeback. McMaster quarterback Marshall Ferguson completed it with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Max Cameron with 2:34 left in the fourth quarter.

Ferguson threw to former Frontenac Secondary School teammate Ben O’Connor for the two-point convert that tied the score 27-27.

Ferguson then scored the winning touchdown on a nine-yard run in overtime, and the McMaster defence denied Guelph in its subsequent possession to secure the win.

Ferugson completed 29 of his 46 pass attempts for 303 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. O’Connor caught five of those balls for 65 yards.

Rob Farquharson carried the football 21 times for Guelph, gaining 143 yards, while quarterback Jazz Lindsey was just 14-for-30 for 195 yards. A’dre Fraser had six receptions for 103 yards.

The big play lifted Laurier over the Varsity Blues in Monday night’s game in Toronto. Hawks quarterback James Fracas threw touchdown passes of 46 yards to Marcus Arkarakas and 66 yards to Greg Nyhof, and Dillon Campbell ran for touchdowns of 74 and 98 yards.

Laurier finished the game with 567 yards of offence, 293 of it coming along the ground from Campbell. Fracas completed 17 of 24 passes for 256 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Hawks led 17-0 seven and a half minutes into the game but the Blues closed to 27-17 at halftime. Laurier scored 26 unanswered points in the second half.

Simon Nassar was 16-for-28 for Toronto for 234 yards and no interceptions. Former Queen’s Golden Gael Aaron Gazendam, a Holy Cross Secondary School grad about to begin medical school at Toronto, punted 10 times for a 39.1-yard average.

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