Mustangs get their kicks from Hajrullahu


Lirim Hajrullahu (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Lirim Hajrullahu (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Western Mustangs kicker Lirim Hajrullahu is quickly getting a foot-hold on awards in Ontario University Athletics football play.

For the second week in a row – or two of three games played this season – the St. Catharines native has been named OUA Special Team Player of the week.

Hajrullahu had an impressive outing on Saturday (Sept. 14), contributing 19 points in the Mustangs 83-27 win over the Ottawa Gee-Gees. The fifth-year kicker was 3-for-3 on field goals and added 10 extra points, narrowly missing out on tying his own team record of 11 PATs set in 2011. Hajrullahu currently leads all Canadian Interuniversity Sport players with 70 points this season from 11 field goals, 30 extra points, and seven single points.

On offence, the honour goes to Guelph Gryphons quarterback Jazz Lindsey.

The third-year quarterback from Markham had a breakout game for the Gryphons against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday. Playing on a national stage, Lindsey led his team to a 38-12 win, completing 21-of-34 passes for 297 yards and four touchdowns.

The Sociology student burned the Blues in the air, but also carried the ball three times for 25 yards, helping the team to their highest offensive scoring mark this season. For his efforts, Lindsey was named Player of the Game. The Gryphons improve to 3-0 on the season and host the McMaster Marauders this weekend for their 2013 Homecoming Game, broadcast live on Sportsnet 360.

Linebacker Beau Landry of the Mustangs walks away with defensive laurels.

While the offence was the story of Western’s rout of the Gee-Gees, Landry led the Mustangs defence. The fourth-year King’s College student from Kitchener led all defenders with 10.5 tackles, while adding one sack and recovering two fumbles. The linebacker, who was recently named the top-ranked OUA prospect for the 2014 CFL Draft, is currently in second place among all CIS defenders with 27 tackles this season.