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Village kicks his way into history in Gaels win over Toronto

TORONTO (September 30, 2011) - Dan Village of Abbotsford, B.C. kicked two field goals to lead the Queen's Gaels (3-2) over the Toronto Varsity Blues (2-3) while becoming the Gaels' all-time leading field goal kicker in a rain filled affair at Varsity Stadium. Photo: Jeff Chan Published on 2011-09-30 10:03 PM

Both teams struggled to generate any scoring over the course of four quarters. Toronto was the first to break through when Andrew Lomasney of Toronto kicked an eight yard field goal at the 12 minute mark of the second quarter. The two teams went into the halftime break with the Varsity Blues ahead by a 3-0 score.

Lomasney increased Toronto’s lead to six points with a second field goal from 19 yards away at the four minute mark of the third quarter. His 19 yard kick was the last of Toronto’s points on the evening.

The Gaels took the lead halfway through the third quarter when Toronto’s Boris Isakov helped the Gaels block a punt and returned it 18 yards for a Gaels touchdown. The ensuing Dan Village extra point was the game winner as the Gaels went ahead 7-6.

Dan Village tied Jamie Galloway’s Gaels record of 47 field goals with a 22 yard kick before time expired in the third quarter. His 13 yard field goal in the fourth quarter was enough to surpass Galloway’s mark and become the all-time Gaels leader with 48.

The Varsity Blues threatened the lead with less than two minutes left in the game. With third and goal inside the Gaels five yard line, Andrew Gillis of Markham, Ont. was fooled by a bad snap which resulted in a fumble and a Gaels recovery. After Justin Chapdelaine of Abbotsford, B.C. got the Gaels a first down on second and long, Craig Rushon of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. ran the Gaels to a first down and forced a Toronto penalty which gave Queen’s the cushion they needed to seal the win.

Gillis was the top offensive player for the Varsity Blues as he recorded 277 yards passing in a losing effort. Wilkerson DeSouza of Mississauga, Ont. was Toronto’s top tackler with eight solo tackles, while Dorian Munroe of Miami, Fla., U.S.A. was a strong performer for Toronto with 79 punt return yards.

Rushon was the Gaels top offensive performer on the night with 109 yards rushing on 16 carries. The Gaels’ Ryan Granberg was sidelined with a knee injury for the matchup against Toronto. Justin Chapdelaine was the top receiving target for the Gaels with 55 yards on three catches. Billy McPhee of Burlington, Ont. struggled against the elements early and couldn’t find a rhythm as he threw for 91 yards on seven completions.

On defence the Gaels were led by Toronto natives Derek Wiggan and Anthony Marino. Wiggan, who started the game, contributed eight tackles in the win, while Marino recorded six tackles in injury relief for the Gaels. Frank Pankewich of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Sam Sabourin of Stittsville, Ont. were both impact players for the Gaels as they both recorded tackles for losses and were disruptive forces in the win.

The Gaels wrap up their three game road trip next Saturday, October 8 when they visit the WIndsor Lancers. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm.


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