Ottawa missed the Ontario University Athletics post-season play in football when the Western Mustangs beat them, 32-29, on Saturday (Oct. 20) to close out regular season play, but kicker Matthew Falvo did his part to keep the Gee-Gees hopes alive.
Ottawa needed to beat London to earn a playoff berth.
While the Gee-Gees were going down in defeat, Falvo had a memorable final game, setting two OUA records in the season finale. The Welland native made good on all five of his field goal opportunities on the day, establishing the new league career record for field goals at 75.
It was the second, five field goal game of Falvo’s illustrious career. His OUA record is good for second in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport record books and he is tied for fourth all-time in CIS scoring.
In the midst of kicking the record setting field goals, Falvo unloaded a punt from deep in Gee-Gee territory which found open field, took a bounce, and made it 98 yards before a Mustang player was able to reel it in. That set another OUA record as the longest punt, breaking a 27-year-old record. However, he was two yards short of the 26 year old CIS record.
His footwork on Saturday garnered him the OUA football special teams player of the week award for the week ending October 21.
The weekly offensive award was picked up by Waterloo Warriors’ receiver Paul Cecile. The Azilda native led the way in Waterloo’s second half offensive outburst in their 48-29 win over Windsor on Saturday. The second-year wide receiver had three touchdown receptions and pulled in a total of eight catches for 246 yards, including a 60-yard catch and run for the major early in the second half that ignited the Warrior bench.
Another Warrior, Christian Mahler, was the week’s defensive standout. The back from Sault Ste. Marie saved the best for last. The second-year player stepped up his game to intercept the ball three times for 98 yards in Waterloo’s 48-29 win over the Windsor Lancers.
Mahler also collected two solo tackles in what was a dominating performance by the Waterloo defence. The recreation and business student has a total of seven interceptions on the season which tops the leader board in both the OUA and CIS.