Win in Windsor

Football moves to 4-2 with win over 10th-ranked Lancers

The football team extended its winning streak to four games with a 27-14 road win over the Windsor Lancers on Saturday night.

The win moves the Gaels to a 4-2 record, pulling them into a three-way tie for third place in the OUA with the Lancers and the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

The Lancers were ranked 10th in the country before Saturday’s game.

“It earned us a bit of respect,” Gaels running back Ryan Granberg said. “We proved to ourselves that we can play with the upper echelon of the OUA.”

Granberg posted 265 yards on 31 carries — only a week after sitting out against the Toronto Varsity Blues with a knee injury.

With his team down 14-10 at the end of the third quarter, Granberg scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to secure a win.

Quarterback Billy McPhee completed 17 out of 31 pass attempts for 250 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

“Our offence has become a lot more consistent and multi-dimensional,” Granberg said. “We have more threats on offence, more receivers we can go to.”

Head coach Pat Sheahan said McPhee is emerging as a leader on the field and on the sideline.

“It looked like he took charge,” Sheahan said.

Given the congestion at the top of the OUA standings, Sheahan said Saturday’s game was a must-win.

“To fall behind the pack at this point would not be good,” he said. “There was a possibility that Windsor could go 7-1 if we didn’t stop them.”

After three straight road games, the Gaels host the Waterloo Warriors at Richardson Stadium this weekend. The Warriors are 0-6 and have allowed 323 points this season. They’ve only scored 89.

“I don’t particularly enjoy this type of game,” Sheahan said. “The talk will be about how much we’re supposed to win by.

“They know they’re not making the playoffs and teams like that can sometimes play you tough.”

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