Waterloo, ON – Taylor Elgersma had six total touchdowns in the Laurier Golden Hawks’ dominant 69-0 win over Waterloo in the OUA quarterfinals. The third-year quarterback was nearly perfect in the air, completing 20 of his 22 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns. Elgersma also punched in three rushing touchdowns on the afternoon.
The 69-point performance was one of the most dominant in recent memory. The Golden Hawks scored the most points in a single game since 2017 when Western beat Acadia 81-3 in the Uteck Bowl. It was also the largest margin of victory in a U SPORTS playoff game since that same Uteck Bowl.
The second-seed Golden Hawks tore this game open in the first half scoring touchdowns on four consecutive drives. They only punted once in the first half, scoring on nine of their ten of their drives. The Golden Hawks sported a 45-0 lead heading into the break.
Several players on the Laurier offense had crazy afternoons. Ethan Jordan led all receivers in yards and receptions with eight catches for 149 yards and a pair of house calls. Quentin Scott also had two scores, one receiving and one rushing. Tanner Nelmes led all players in rushing yards with 155 yards on just nine carries. Darion Bacik-Hadden scored his first career U SPORTS touchdown on a 2-yard run. Ryan Speights on his only catch made a highlight reel play with an insane hurdle.
Waterloo couldn’t get anything going on offense. They only managed to put up 207 yards. Quarterback Nick Orr coming off a solid performance in their win over the University of Toronto could only manage 89 yards passing in this one. He also threw two interceptions, one of them was his first pass of the game. They didn’t get much done on the ground either only rushing for 82 yards. The Golden Hawks’ defense made life tough for the Warriors.
With the Windsor Lancers taking a tight 14-11 wien over the Carleton Ravens, they now head to Laurier for the Yates Cup semifinal.
Cover Photo: Hailey Tripodi/Laurier Athletics