Carleton scores season-high, but fall to York 50-34

Carleton scores season-high, but fall to York 50-34
Quarterback Myles Gibbon amassed 443 yards and threw five touchdown passes to lead the York University Lions football team to a 50-34 victory over the host Carleton Ravens on Saturday (Sept. 21) at Keith Harris Stadium in Ottawa.

The fifth-year pivot from Montreal completed 23-of-29 passes for 381 yards and the five major scores, and also picked up 62 yards on the ground on 13 carries. He did not throw an interception on the afternoon and completed passes to seven different receivers.

Fifth-year wideout William Austin (St. Catharines, Ont.) was the top receiver on the day, completing six receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Also grabbing a pair of touchdowns was rookie Jason Charland (Quebec City), part of his seven-catch, 53-yard day.

The Lions wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the game, scoring a touchdown on the opening drive when running back Errol Brooks (Toronto) punched it in from two yards out. The Lions padded their lead on Austin's first, a gorgeous catch on the edge of the end zone that came after a bad snap and a fumble by Carleton quarterback Jesse Mills (Halifax). Brooks finished with 66 yards on 11 carries.

York added a third touchdown before the end of the first when Charland was on the receiving end of a 15-yard throw by Gibbon to give the Lions a quick 21-0 lead.

The Ravens got on the board early in the second on a one-yard plunge by Mills. Carleton also conceded a safety to give the Lions another two points, and then Andrew Banerjee (Regina) converted a 16-yard field goal to round out the scoring in the first half, and the Lions led 23-10 at the break.

The Ravens tried to put another three points on the board before the half but Banerjee's field goal attempt was blocked by defensive lineman Kellen Aiken (Guelph, Ont.). The play was one of many standout ones by Aiken on the day, as he also had two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five tackles, including one for a loss of seven yards.

The Lions poured it on again to start the third, with touchdown passes by Gibbon to Charland and Austin and a field goal by Nick Naylor (Abbotsford, B.C.) gave the Lions a 40-10 advantage.

Just before the end of the third quarter, and after a touchdown by Carleton cut the lead to 40-17, Gibbon connected with Damone Williams (Mississauga, Ont.), on the first play of the drive for a stellar 69-yard touchdown. Gibbon pump-faked to draw the defence in and then hit a wide-open Williams down the sideline, and Williams ran it in for his first score with the Lions.

The Ravens closed the game with three touchdowns in the final quarter, and Naylor kicked a 26-yard field goal for York's final points. Their quarterback, Mills, went 26-of-42 for 450 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception, as well as the major on the ground. The interception was grabbed by York defensive back Connor Pritty (Markham, Ont.), who returned it 56 yards.

York's leading rusher on the day was rookie Martin Hovi (Kenora, Ont.), who accumulated a remarkable 119 yards on just 14 carries, and also added 48 yards on four receptions.

Fourth-year defensive end James Tuck (Aurora, Ont.) led the Lions in tackles with 5.5, and cornerback Josh Small(Pickering, Ont.) had five tackles and a fumble recovery.

The win improves the Lions' record to 2-2, and after two weeks on the road, they will return home next Saturday (Sept. 28) against the Ottawa Gee-Gees in their annual Homecoming game. Kick-off is set for 1pm at York Stadium.
Source: York Sports Info

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