Falvo finds fortune in featured feet

Welland native Matthew Falvo let his feet do the talking on Saturday and they were justly rewarded.

The kicker for the Ottawa Gee-Gees was named this week’s Special Teams Player in Ontario University Athletics football play.

In the second quarter of Ottawa’s home opener at Beckwith Park, Falvo tied the Gee-Gees’ team record for field goals in a career with a 35-yarder. Less than three minutes later he took possession of the record on a 30-yard boot. The fifth-year kicker finished the day 3-of-4 on his field goal attempts and now has 59 to his name. His third FG of the day pushed Falvo past the 300 mark for career points, lifting him to 12th on the all-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport points list with 302.

The OUA offensive player of the week was running back Ryan Granberg of the Queen’s Gaels.

The Sherwood Park, Alta., native scored the game-winning touchdown in the No. 6-ranked Gaels’ 18-11 win over No. 5 Western on Saturday. Granberg carried 21 times for 168 yards, and was responsible for all 47 yards on the Gaels’ game-winning drive, including his 19-yard scoring run. The fourth-year running back now leads the nation in rushing touchdowns (six) and is second in CIS with 124 rushing yards per game.

The weekly defensive honour went to teammate Sam Sabourin. The linebacker from Stittsville, ON., led the Gaels in their win over the Mustangs with 12.5 tackles, including nine solo stops. The third-year veteran also made two sacks as the Gaels held Western without an offensive touchdown for the second straight meeting.

Sabourin is now second in CIS in tackles, with 24.5 and his five tackles for loss are fourth in the country.