Lancers spread out run game
Kennedy earns OUA honours
There was plenty to like about the Windsor Lancers' 78-11 dominance of the Waterloo Warriors in Sunday's OUA football season opener at Alumni Field, and one of those aspects was certainly the running game.
Abysmal last season, the running game was awesome Sunday as Windsor gained 398 yards on the ground.
Mitch Dender scampered for 116 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Austin Kennedy (108) also topped the century barrier and ran for a score while freshman Nigel Applewhaite ran for 90 yards and a TD on just nine carries.
Fullback Nathan O'Halloran led the blocking and caught a pair of TD passes from Kennedy, who was named the OUA's offensive player of the week. Kennedy completed 24-of-38 for six touchdowns.
"We had to change some things around," Dender said of Windsor's run scheme.
"We've got Nate O'Halloran in the backfield blocking and the blocks have been so much better. The O-line has really come together. It was a lot easier to run the ball. It opens up our pass and vice-versa."
Lancers coach Joe D'Amore said the running game is vital as they match up against OUA contenders.
"We ran the ball 40-some times, which is what you want," D'Amore said of Windsor's 48 carries.
"You look at the top teams in the league -Western, Queen's, Guelph, Mac (McMaster) - they're successful because they run the ball.
"We know we can throw the football with Austin and our receivers, but if we can establish a run game and teams focus on that, then we can really do a lot."
That Windsor was without a capable running attack last season was a factor that teams took advantage of while taking care of the Lancers.
"Last year we played Guelph and they just decided they were going to run cover-two shell against us," Dender recalled of Windsor's upcoming opponent in Monday's second game of the season. "They're going to have to plan against our run, because we're coming out and running against them."
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