Third-year kicker Matthew Falvo from Welland was clearly the game hero for his Ottawa Gee-Gees teammates this past weekend.
He was called upon twice in the Ontario University Athletics football game against Queen’s Gaels to make some clutch field goals. Not only did Falvo make a 26-yard field goal to send the game into overtime at 14:42 in the fourth quarter, but, he also made the game winning field goal in overtime from 30 yards out.
Those feats earned Falvo the Special Teams Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 26.
On offence, the Player of the Week is receiver Giovanni Aprile of the Queen’s Gaels.
This rookie receiver from Toronto had a breakout game for the Gaels in their overtime home loss to the Gee-Gees. Aprile pulled in seven receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown, the first of his Canadian Interuniversity Sports career.
A number of his receptions came in the second half as the Gaels overcame a 14-point first quarter deficit to force overtime with Ottawa.
The defensive Player of the Week honour went to defensive end Zander Robinson of the Western Mustangs.
The fourth-year Kinesiology major led a dominating defensive performance with 12.5 total tackles (nine solo, seven assisted), including three for a loss of 17 yards. Robinson, a Vancouver native, added 2.5 sacks which cost the Gryphons 16 yards and was responsible for the low output of Guelph’s running game, holding fifth-year star running back Nick FitzGibbon scoreless.
Robinson is tied for third in the nation with 4.5 sacks, good for second spot in OUA.