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He coached young men, not just football players  July 7th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It wasn’t supposed to go like this. It was supposed to be a walk in the park, easy as pie. There was no reason to feel intimidated, just because I was covering my first Queen’s football game, everybody told me. They were right. I’d reported about... [Read More]
Three former Golden Eagles invited to regional CFL combindes  February 28th, 2016
Two graduates of Sydenham High School and four former Kingston Grenadiers juniors are among players selected to participate in three regional Canadian Football League scouting combines next week. Sydenham grads Jay Dearborn, of Holland College, and Hayden Peters, of St. Francis Xavier... [Read More]
Registration opens Monday for youth football league  January 31st, 2016
Registration for players returning to play in the Thousand Islands Minor Football League begins online Monday. Registration fee per player is $250, and players may be enrolled at New players may register beginning Feb. 8. The developmental tackle football league provides... [Read More]
Vanier Cup returning to Hamilton  January 25th, 2016
Eight years after it was last held in the Steel City, the Vanier Cup football game is returning this year to Hamilton. Tim Hortons Field, the 24,000-seat home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, will also be the site of the 2017 Vanier Cup game, Canadian... [Read More]
Gaels to host Western in maiden game at new stadium  December 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They’re smiling today at the site where the new Richardson Stadium is being built. That’s because the folks who write the Ontario University Athletics football schedule just gave them a three-week cushion for a Christmas present. The schedule, released... [Read More]
Ceremony marks start—and progress—of stadium project  December 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Stu Lang was excited Saturday to see the progress that’s been made on a project he was instrumental in creating. “It’s farther along than I thought,” he said. “It’s great.” Lang, the former Golden Gaels football and hockey player,... [Read More]
Falcons humbled in OFSAA Bowl football game  December 2nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY HAMILTON, Dec. 12—When you lose a football game by more than 50 points, there really aren’t many places to hide your transgressions. And in the case of the dismantling the Frontenac Falcons received Wednesday in the National Capital Bowl, there was really no... [Read More]
W.F. Herman 56 Frontenac 3  December 2nd, 2015
First Quarter FSS—FG, Halladay 31 8:59 Second Quarter Her—TD, Beale 1 reun (Goertzen convert) 0:12 Her—TD, Jackson 38 run (Goertzen convert) 1:28 Her—Single, Seguin 62 punt 4:50 Her—TD, Holmes 19 pass from Beale (Goertzen convert) 7:55 Her—TD,... [Read More]
Frontenac in tough for OFSAA bowl match  December 1st, 2015
Two of the most successful high school football programs in the province will put their current editions on the field Wednesday in one of the nine Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA bowl games in Hamilton. The Eastern Ontario champion Frontenac Secondary School Falcons... [Read More]
Curtis Carmichael wins Russ Jackson award  November 27th, 2015
Curtis Carmichael of the Queen’s Golden Gaels has been named winner of the Russ Jackson award, given to the Canadian university football player who best displays athletic ability, academic achievement and citizenship. An academic all-Canadian last year, Carmichael, a fourth-year... [Read More]
St. F.X., Guelph both go down to defeat  November 21st, 2015
Montreal and British Columbia will compete for the 51st Vanier Cup next Saturday in Quebec City, after the two visitors both emerged from the national university semifinal football games with victories Saturday. In Guelph, the Quebec and defending Vanier Cup champion Carabins defeated the... [Read More]
Western upset by Guelph; St. F.X. captures first Atlantic title in 19 years  November 14th, 2015
An interception by Hayden Peters in the final minute of the game Saturday punched the ticket of the St. Francis Xavier X-Men to the national university football semifinals. Peters, the former Sydenham Golden Eagle and Kingston Grenadier, picked off a Brandon Leyh pass at the St. F.X. 40-yard... [Read More]
Holy Cross 31 Frontenac 7  November 14th, 2015
First Quarter HCr—TD, Bailey 1 run (O’Brien convert) 2:48 HCr—TD, Bailey 3 run (O’Brien convert) 7:14 Second Quarter No scoring. Third Quarter HCr—TD, Furlan 11 run (O’Brien convert) 2:54 Fourth Quarter HCr—FG, O’Brien 30... [Read More]
Falcons capture AAA football championship  November 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If the guy’s own quarterback doesn’t know what’s going to happen, what hope can an opponent possibly have? “What can I say?” Frontenac Falcons quarterback Brendan Steele said of Harry Robinson, not long after his tailback clinched a 35-14... [Read More]
Frontenac 35 Regi 14  November 14th, 2015
First Quarter No scoring. Second Quarter FSS—TD, Dennee 5 pass from Steele (two-point convert fails) 6:42 Regi—TD, M.Downer 83 pass from Auty (Rego convert) 7:53 Third Quarter FSS—TD, Foley 11 pass from Steele (Halladay convert) 2:20 FSS—TD, Magee 5 pass from... [Read More]
The case of the mysterious scoreboard  November 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY BROCKVILLE, Nov. 13—It was very strange. It caused some consternation. In retrospect, it’s certainly embarrassing. One day, it might even be funny. After all, Mark Twain was largely correct when he wrote that humour is tragedy after a suitable interval. For... [Read More]
La Salle loses regional football playoff on final play  November 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY BROCKVILLE, Nov. 13—For drama, there’s very little as compelling as a game-tying touchdown drive with less than two minutes to go in a regional playoff game. Unless, of course, it’s a 70-yard drive in the final 80 seconds to kick the game-winning... [Read More]
Thousand Islands 28 La Salle 27  November 14th, 2015
First Quarter LaS—Safety, McNish concedes TISS—TD, McNish 80 pass from Gilbert (Selleck convert) TISS—TD, Gilbert 35 run (Selleck convert fails) LaS—TD, Stephens 10 pass from Dowd (two-point convert fails) Second Quarter LaS—TD, LeGood 9 pass from Dowd... [Read More]
Western dominates OUA football all-stars; two Gaels, Mitch O'Connor named to second team  November 11th, 2015
Eight members of the regular-season champion Western Mustangs have been named to the Ontario University Athletics football all-star team, which was announced Wednesday. Quarterback Will Finch, who led the Mustangs as they became the highest-scoring team in the history of Canadian university... [Read More]
Gaels receiver Chris Osei-Kusi named to all-rookie team  November 11th, 2015
Receiver Chris Osei-Kusi is the only member of the Queen’s Golden Gaels to have been named to the Ontario University Athletics football all-rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Osei-Kusi, an arts student from Brampton, dressed for five games this year and caught three passes for... [Read More]
Falcons advance to AAA football final  November 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was time. The game was too important not to give Harry Robinson the football—and it didn’t take Robinson long to make the kind of impact his coaches hoped to see. On his team’s second play from scrimmage, Robinson carried up the middle, shedding... [Read More]
Status doubtful for Western QB Will Finch to play in Yates Cup game  November 8th, 2015
Though the games stayed closer than many people expected, for longer than anyone might have suggested, ultimately the teams that were favoured both prevailed Saturday in the Ontario University Athletics football semifinals. The undefeated regular season champion Western Mustangs led the... [Read More]
La Salle captures senior AA football title  November 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It didn’t take long for the La Salle Black Knights to assert themselves Saturday afternoon. Once they got the football, three plays and 42 yards later the Knights had their first touchdown. Though the Napanee Golden Hawks had more than 45 minutes left to figure... [Read More]
La Salle 31 Napanee 0  November 7th, 2015
First Quarter LaS—TD, Wight 11 run (Sh. Miller convert) 2:47 LaS—Single, Sh. Miller 80 kickoff 2:52 LaS—TD, Stephens 6 pass from Dowd (Sh. Miller convert) 12:00 Second Quarter LaS—FG, Sh. Miller 19 6:34 LaS—FG, Sh. Miller 26 10:25 LaS—TD, Mace 26 run... [Read More]
Turnovers kill Crusaders in regular season finale  November 5th, 2015
Among the things the Holy Cross Crusaders have to tidy up before they play their next football game, one thing was clear for all to see Thursday afternoon: the Crusaders have to stop giving away the football. The Crusaders committed seven turnovers and that was undoubtedly the main reason... [Read More]
Napanee, La Salle earn berths in AA football final  November 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Nov. 3—If they made postcards for high school football games, they’d have made one here today. It was a day with all the traditional trappings: brilliant sunshine, a sky almost as blue as one of the home team’s colours, with leaves on the maple... [Read More]
Laurier upsets McMaster, advances to OUA semifinals  November 1st, 2015
Dillon Campbell rushed for a school-record 295 yards Saturday as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks upset the defending Yates Cup champion McMaster Marauders 29-15 in an Ontario University Athletics football quarter-final game in Hamilton. The win gives the Hawks a berth in a conference... [Read More]
Requiem for a stadium  November 1st, 2015
 By CLAUDE SCILLEY They came not to celebrate Richardson Stadium Saturday, but to bury it. The last  game at a stadium that, for 44 years, had been home to one of the most storied football teams in the land was attended by 1,234 souls, many of them there to watch their Carleton... [Read More]
Carleton 39 Gaels 8  October 31st, 2015
First Quarter Ctn—TD, Bennett 2 run (Domagala convert) 3:04 Ctn—TD, Birch 45 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 6:56 Ctn—TD, Behar 42 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 11:18 Second Quarter Ctn—Single, Domagala 65 punt 7:30 Ctn—Battistelli 2 run (Domagala... [Read More]
Gaels bow meekly from playoffs  October 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Some days, you can analyze and parse and abstract an athletic event to try and understand why what happened, happened. On this day, it’s not necessary. The reason why the visiting Carleton Ravens were allowed to take a 39-8 football playoff victory out of Richardson... [Read More]
Football novice Tristan Halladay playing like a veteran  October 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It’s not uncommon for a high school coach to dip into his phys-ed class when he or she is in need of another body for a team, someone to fill a quota, someone to flesh out a lineup. Seldom do they pull out a plum like Tristan Halladay. An accomplished basketball... [Read More]
Matt Lapointe coming back to Queen's seeking one more fond memory  October 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When Matt Lapointe thinks about today’s football game, it’s not so much in the context that it could be his last. It’s not so much about the fact that the fifth-year lineman for the Carleton Ravens will be coming home, in a way, to play against his former... [Read More]
Today we learn where football Gaels truly stand  October 30th, 2015
It was a catch phrase from a long-ago television game show of which current members of the Queen’s Golden Gaels likely have never heard. On Saturday, though, they’ll be asked to respond to it, nonetheless. Will the real Queen’s Golden Gaels please stand up. The show was... [Read More]
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Stadium starts to come down, good news out of X, new appointment for ex-Gael  October 29th, 2015
If only those rascally engineers had known, perhaps the one of the bathrooms at Richardson Stadium might have one day been the subject of an April Fool’s prank. That’s because, it seems, they weren’t tied down. That tidbit emerged from the first day of demolition on the... [Read More]
La Salle completes unbeaten senior football season  October 29th, 2015
It wasn’t necessarily the good start his football team had Thursday afternoon that pleased Holy Cross Crusaders coach Tim Pendergast the most, though a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter is nothing to sneer at. It was the way the Crusaders finished their 21-7 victory over the... [Read More]
Records fall on final weekend of OUA season  October 25th, 2015
The editors were busy Saturday night, updating the Ontario and Canadian university football record books after play was finished on the final day of the Ontario University Athletics season. Derek Wendel, the former Kingston Grenadiers quarterback, established two national records as his... [Read More]
Gaels beaten by Golden Hawks; will host playoff match vs. Carleton  October 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Two things the defensive unit of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks did Saturday were vital to that team’s victory over the Queen’s Golden Gaels. Most obviously, the Hawks’ defence recovered a fumble for a touchdown, and took an intercepted pass for... [Read More]
Laurier 49 Gaels 26  October 24th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—TD, Pataki 6 run (Wamsley convert) 1:54 WLU—Safety, Wamsley concedes 4:34 WLU—FG, Mesher 25 9:54 WLU—TD, Henry 38 fumble recovery (Mesher convert) 10:52 Second Quarter WLU—FG, Mesher 15 1:46 WLU—FG, Mesher 14 12:45 WLU—TD,... [Read More]
Regi, La Salle both easy winners in senior football play  October 22nd, 2015
The top two high school senior football teams both strengthened their grip atop Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Associations standings Thursday, each winning with relative ease. At Odessa, the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers improved to 4-1 and took sole possession of second place... [Read More]
OUA football playoff structure still to be resolved  October 18th, 2015
One wonders what Ontario University Athletics football coaches are thinking anymore. Saturday in London, where the Western Mustangs were putting the finishing touches on a 63-19 rout of the Ottawa Gee-Gees, there was running back Yannick Harou scoring his team’s last touchdown with... [Read More]
Gaels get a scare from lowly Lions, escape with 33-32 victory  October 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO, Oct. 17—Sure, you came from behind to win the football game. Yeah, you denied the other guy’s last gasp attempt to force overtime. OK, so you clinched a payoff spot. Still, can the Queen’s Golden Gaels possibly feel good about any of those things... [Read More]
Gaels 33 York 32  October 17th, 2015
First Quarter Yrk—TD, Amankwaa 5 run (Naylor convert) 3:03 Qns—TD, Pataki 48 run (two-point convert failed) 4:13 Qns—TD, Corby 103 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 9:18 Yrk—FG, Naylor 8 14:33 Second Quarter Qns—TD, Pataki 2 run (Wamsley convert)... [Read More]
Playoff berth on the horizon for football Gaels  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen’s Golden Gaels can clinch a playoff berth Saturday afternoon when they visit the York Lions in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Toronto. A win would give the Gaels, 4-2, five victories, and not only put themselves out of reach of the bottom five... [Read More]
Frontenac starting to roll  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Senior football teams in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association beware: the Frontenac Falcons are getting better. The league’s defending AAA champion—and a perennial league power—played close to a flawless game Friday afternoon,... [Read More]
Emergency kicker gives Sydenham its first win  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a situation that led to some serious head scratching among the coaches of the Sydenham Golden Eagles Thursday afternoon. When kicker Dylan Hutchinson was hurt—covering one of his own punts, no less—and had to come out of the football game, momentary... [Read More]
Napanee rally a valiant one, but comes up short against Regi  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Going into the second half of their football game Thursday afternoon, you wouldn’t have thought momentum was something the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers had to worry about. A 21-point lead, playing at home, having scored a touchdown with 4.6 seconds left in the... [Read More]
Calgary remains first in football poll; Queen's still in at No. 10  October 13th, 2015
With all but two of the nation’s Top 10 university football teams idle last week, there was not much capacity for change in the weekly ranking—and as a result, there was none. For the fifth week in a row the Calgary Dinos are the top-ranked team in Canadian Interuniversity... [Read More]
Big night for Quinton Auty; Falcons defence, special teams shine  October 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was not a night for an opponent to do Quinton Auty any favours. So when the Holy Cross Crusaders fumbled the football on consecutive plays in the middle of the second half Friday night, they were bound to pay for them. That they did, as Auty, the Regiopolis Notre Dame... [Read More]
Re-born Ravens clinch first football playoff berth  October 10th, 2015
Carleton Ravens clinched the first playoff berth of their modern era—and the first since 1996­—when they whipped the York Lions 52-0 Friday night in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Ottawa. The win lifted Carleton’s record to 5-2, and moves them two... [Read More]
Mustangs, Marauders post lopsided wins  October 9th, 2015
It was difficult to tell which football teams had more to be thankful for Thursday night—the Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders, for the decisive victories they posted, or the Toronto Blues and Waterloo Warriors, that the terrible beatings they were being given finally stopped. In... [Read More]
La Salle overcomes familiar nemesis to defeat Sydenham  October 9th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It’s not supposed to work that way. “It’s supposed to get 10 yards, maybe 11, every time,” Mitch Dowd said. “It’s surprising how well it works.” The La Salle Black Knights quarterback wasn’t at a loss, however, to explain... [Read More]
Napanee comeback stuns Eagles  October 9th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE—Ernestown Eagles were a giving football team Thursday afternoon. They gave and they gave, ultimately until it hurt. On a glorious fall day, the Eagles turned the football over five times. They gave back a kick return for touchdown, thanks to a penalty. At the... [Read More]
Kingston champ to play South West champion in OFSAA Bowl football game  October 6th, 2015
The AAA champion football team in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association will play in an OFSAA Bowl game in Hamilton Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 12:30 p.m., against the top AAA team from the South West Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association. That conference comprises... [Read More]
Another stirring victory for Carleton in the Panda Game  October 4th, 2015
This time, the Carleton Ravens outdid themselves. A year after a 55-yard, last-play touchdown gave them a victory in the annual Panda Game, they overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit Saturday to defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees 48-45 in the annual football game between the two teams from the... [Read More]
Gaels stun Guelph with 23-15 victory  October 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The seeds of the Queen’s Golden Gaels’ stunning 23-15 victory over the Guelph Gryphons Saturday were sown about 53 weeks ago. To say the memory of the 66-0 whipping they took at Guelph a little more than a year ago lingered as this week’s rematch... [Read More]
Gaels 23 Guelph 15  October 3rd, 2015
First Quarter Qns—Safety, Ferraro concedes 6:14 Qns—TD, Pataki 1 run (N. Dowd convert) 8:36 Second Quarter Gph—TD, Augustine 3 run (Ferraro convert) 12:22 Third Quarter Qns–TD, Del Brocco 108 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 10:13 Fourth Quarter Gph—TD,... [Read More]
Knights overcome spate of penalties to win battle of unbeaten teams  October 2nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There wasn’t much doubt about what would be the topic of the halftime conversation among the La Salle Black Knights Friday afternoon. It was pleasing to Reuben Brunet that he didn’t have to initiate it. The players knew exactly what was going to be discussed,... [Read More]
Falcons regain winning form; Ernestown wins second straight  October 1st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Frontenac Falcons had to make adjustments in a couple of different respects Thursday afternoon. First there were technical concerns to correct arising from their season-opening loss last week to the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers. Then, there was the matter of replacing... [Read More]
Race to the top of the CIS poll getting ugly  October 1st, 2015
It would appear that the prestige of being ranked highly among the university football teams in Canada has begun to trump the sportsmanship that should be implicit in intercollegiate sport. The weekly list of the Top 10 football teams in Canada shows that it’s becoming not just a... [Read More]
Late touchdown gives GTA Canadian major football crown  September 29th, 2015
A touchdown pass from Tom Denison to Jameek Murray with just 19 seconds left in the game gave the Greater Toronto All-Stars a 39-38 win over the Calgary Gators in the championship game of the Canadian Major Football League Saturday night in Hamilton. It was the first national senior title... [Read More]
Guelph, Western remain undefeated; playoff picture coming into focus  September 27th, 2015
The top teams continued to win and the playoff picture came into surprisingly sharp focus for just the fifth week of the Ontario University Athletics football schedule Saturday. The No. 3-ranked Western Mustangs had their way with the Carleton Ravens, sending a Homecoming crowd of 10,291... [Read More]
Gaels 37 Toronto 18  September 27th, 2015
First Quarter No scoring. Second Quarter Qns—Single, Wamsley 46 punt 2:02 Qns—TD, Hannon 6 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 12:46 Qns—TD, Corby 54 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 14:51 Third Quarter Tor—TD, Hobbs 1 run (Iafrate convert)... [Read More]
Gaels get a scare, score late to clinch victory over Toronto  September 26th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO, Sept. 26—It was not, the Queen’s Golden Gaels seemed to conclude, what they wanted to see: a scoreboard that showed them just four points ahead of the Toronto Blues midway through the fourth quarter of their football game. Two impressive Toronto drives... [Read More]
Blues aim to end 40-year drought against Queen's  September 26th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a long time ago. The price of oil had just cracked $13 per barrel, as North America felt the pinch of its first energy crisis. Pierre Trudeau was prime minister; Gerald Ford was the U.S. president. If your had an average income, $14,100, you could probably afford... [Read More]
Eagles thump Bayridge; Regi edges Frontenac in senior football play  September 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY An unfamiliar sight awaited visitors to the football field at Ernestown Secondary School Thursday afternoon: Players, lots and lots of players, on the sideline where the home team usually gathers. It’s not a trick. There are 32 players this fall on the team list of... [Read More]
Napanee gains landmark football victory over Sydenham  September 23rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Corey Bowen isn’t about to get too far ahead of himself. “To be able to come out against a quality side like Sydenham, and to squeak through with a win, is only going to boost their confidence for the rest of the year,” Bowen, coach of the Napanee Golden... [Read More]
York gains first win, McMaster suffers first loss  September 20th, 2015
In two games where something had to give Saturday, the York Lions won their first game of the season and the ranks of the undefeated fell by one in Ontario University Athletics football play. At Waterloo, the Lions took an 18-point lead in the first half and hung on to defeat the similarly... [Read More]
Silver linings for Queen's in the clouds that hung over Western victory  September 19th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY LONDON, Sept. 19—It was perhaps a measure of the relative maturity of the two teams. Queen’s Golden Gaels, a team that remains among the youngest in Canadian university football, committed two turnovers early in their football game here Saturday, and the... [Read More]
Western 48 Gaels 25  September 19th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—Single, Wamsley missed 30 FG 4:41 Wes—TD, Taylor 6 run (Kelly convert) 6:31 Qns—Safety, Kelly concedes 9:51 Wes—TD, Colerile 63 interception return (Kelly convert) 13:56 Second Quarter Wes—FG, Kelly 11 3:14 Wes—TD, McMaster 3 pass... [Read More]
Despite victory, Laval bounced from top spot  September 16th, 2015
It’s difficult to imagine how winning a football game can hurt a team, but that’s what the deep thinkers of the University Football Reporters of Canada panel collectively did to the Laval rouge et or this week. Laval, which won its game Saturday 27-24 in overtime at Sherbrooke,... [Read More]
Ex-Grenadiers having impact at St. Francis Xavier  September 16th, 2015
It’s not always a good thing when defensive backs are two of the top three tacklers on a football team, but that was the case Saturday when the St. Francis Xavier X-Men dropped a 31-15 decision to Acadia in the opening game of the Atlantic conference university season in Wolfville,... [Read More]
Football league leaders remain undefeated  September 13th, 2015
Western Mustangs served notice Saturday night that it doesn’t matter who you are, or how good you might be—they’ve got an ass-kicking reserved for everyone. This time it was the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, a .500 team that gave the Guelph Gryphons all they could handle a... [Read More]
Gaels stumble along the way, but still gain victory over Waterloo  September 12th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was wet, it was chilly and it was windy at Richardson Stadium Saturday afternoon, the kind of stuff to make even the most obedient frosh stay away from a game that is usually one of the best attended of the season. Stay away they did, and the way his team was playing in... [Read More]
Gaels 47 Waterloo 24  September 12th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—TD, Andrews 15 run (Wamsley convert) 14:27 Second Quarter Qns—TD, Andrews 11 run (Wamsley convert) 1:42 Wat—TD, Diing 20 pass from McConnell (Girard convert) 11:22 Qns—TD, Hobbs 1 run (Wamsley convert) 14:37 Wat—TD, Fassulo 39 pass from... [Read More]
Queen's could have done better by its football Hall of Fame inductees  September 11th, 2015
It’s happened very seldom in a career of more than 40 years. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times when I was covering an event and was struck by the thought that I didn’t want to be there—not there, as in at the event; but there, as in a press box,... [Read More]
Gaels hope for rebound performance Saturday  September 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In one sense, it’s a football game no one expects the Queen’s Golden Gaels to lose. It's also going to be one that's difficult for them to win, in the sense that even if they prevail, it may be difficult for them to emerge with the euphoria that typically... [Read More]
Laval climbs back into top spot  September 8th, 2015
After one week out of the top spot in the national ranking of university football teams, the Laval rouge et or are back on top of the weekly Canadian Interuniversity Sport football Top 10. Laval began the year ranked No. 2 to defending national champion Montreal, but a 12-9 victory over the... [Read More]
Late interceptions preserve Guelph victory over Laurier  September 8th, 2015
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks scuttled their own comeback attempt as they dropped a 30-19 decision to the Guelph Gryphons in one of three Ontario University Athletics football games played Monday. Playing at Guelph, the Hawks, 1-1, closed to 30-17 early in the fourth quarter when Dillon... [Read More]
Gaels falter in decisive defeat at Ottawa  September 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY OTTAWA, Sept. 6—In the final six minutes of the first half of their game Sunday afternoon, the Queen’s Golden Gaels ran nine offensive plays, gained yards on two of them, took two penalties, allowed two sacks, shanked a punt, gave up a safety and threw an... [Read More]
Ottawa 41 Gaels 17  September 6th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—FG, Wamsley 18 9:22 Second Quarter Ott—TD, Bailey 13 pass from Wendel (Ward convert) 1:20 Ott—FG, Ward 46 8:19 Ott—TD, Wendel 5 run (Ward convert) 12:00 Ott—Safety, Wamsley concedes 12:44 Ott—TD, Baines 42 pass from Wendel (Ward... [Read More]
Importance of Gaels game belies the time of year  September 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Most years, it would be beyond trite to speak of a football game eight days into the season in terms of its potential impact on the playoffs. To overstate the importance of a match about to be played before the student body so much as arrives on campus normally would be an... [Read More]
Quarterback debuts  September 5th, 2015
Performances by quarterbacks since 1989 in their first start for the Queen’s Golden Gaels: Tim Pendergast, Sept. 9, 1989—6-for-17 (.353), 92 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; Queen’s defeated Ottawa 13-9. Steve Othen, Sept. 11, 1993—7-for-14 (.500), 142 yards, 2... [Read More]
Local players debut for Ottawa Sooners  August 31st, 2015
Mike Bashall, the former Kingston Grenadier and Sydenham Golden Eagle, made his debut with the junior Ottawa Sooners Saturday, kicking a 37-yard field goal in a losing cause as the Sooners dropped a 44-9 decision to the two-time defending Ontario Football Conference champion Windsor AKO... [Read More]
Second-half rally sparks McMaster past Toronto  August 31st, 2015
McMaster Marauders nipped what would have been a stunning upset in the bud Sunday afternoon, scoring 24 points in the third quarter of a 55-33 defeat of the Toronto Varsity Blues on the opening day of the Ontario University Athletics football season. Toronto led the defending Yates Cup... [Read More]
Gaels shine in come-from-behind victory over Carleton  August 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If the Queen’s Golden Gaels displayed anything Sunday afternoon, it was that they seem better equipped to overcome adversity than they were a year ago. Certainly, there were enough occasions where that kind of resiliency was required, even in a game that ultimately... [Read More]
Gaels 34 Carleton 24  August 30th, 2015
First Quarter Ctn—TD, Brown 16 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 5:21 Ctn—TD, Behar 74 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 8:50 Qns—TD, Corby 10 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 11:36 Second Quarter Qns—TD, Andrews 1 run (Wamsley convert) 8:27 Ctn—FG,... [Read More]
Gaels open the season against Ravens Sunday  August 29th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There are very few secrets in football anymore, and it’s certainly not a secret that the last time they met, the Queen’s Golden Gaels ran the Carleton Ravens into the ground. As they beat Carleton on the final day of the Ontario University Athletics... [Read More]
New quarterback had his eye on Queen's for a long time  August 29th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Sunday afternoon, Pat Sheahan begins to see if the stuff that caught his eye three years ago about a young quarterback from Mississauga was truly the portent of something special. Nate Hobbs, the young man who intrigued the Queen’s Golden Gaels coach that day, will... [Read More]
Guelph, Western the teams to beat this year in OUA football  August 28th, 2015
Typically, when a football team loses its quarterback, it can expect to take a step backwards relative to the pack, no matter how promising the new man may be. In Ontario University Athletics, this is not a typical year. Quarterbacks have graduated at an unprecedented rate, introducing an... [Read More]
Gaels edged by Concordia in preseason test  August 23rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MONTREAL, Aug. 23—They really didn’t look like two rookie quarterbacks. Not quite a rookie—he took a handful of snaps last year, mopping up in a few games as a freshman—Nate Hobbs of the Queen’s Golden Gaels looked terrific in his first... [Read More]
Concordia 21 Gaels 18  August 23rd, 2015
First Quarter Con—FG, Treloar 42 1:21 Second Quarter Con—Safety, Wamsley concedes 0:05 Qns—TD, Del Brocco 25 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 3:39 Qns—Safety, Johnson tackled 8:18 Qns—FG, Wamsley 41 13:12 Third Quarter Qns—Single, Wamsley 80... [Read More]
Nick Romanchuk eager to play football again  August 21st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Nick Romanchuk finds himself in an interesting situation. By virtue of it being his fifth year with the Queen’s Golden Gaels, it would be incumbent on him to be a leader among the team’s offensive linemen, and Romanchuk is eager to embrace the role.... [Read More]
Denison leads GTA to Northern Football Conference title  August 20th, 2015
Former Queen’s Golden Gaels quarterback Tom Denison threw two touchdown passes Saturday to lead the Greater Toronto All-Stars to a 32-22 victory over the Ottawa Invaders in the championship game of the Northern Football Conference at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke Saturday. Denison,... [Read More]
Gaels camp holds the key to answering many questions  August 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It doesn’t happen very often around the Queen’s Golden Gaels. In fact, this is just the second time in the last 10 years that the football team has gone into a training camp without an incumbent quarterback. A five-year run by Danny Brannagan ended in 2009 with... [Read More]
There will be football this fall, Grenadiers pledge  August 13th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There may not be high school sports in the fall, but there will be football for players of high school age. That’s because the Kingston Grenadiers organization plans to conduct a fall “house league” in the event that there is no game in the scholastic... [Read More]
Ottawa 48 Grenadiers 21  August 9th, 2015
First Quarter Ott—TD, Illoki 35 pass from Spinella (Wendt convert) 2:29 Ott—TD, Robertson 3 pass from Spinella (Wendt convert) 7:12 Kgn—TD, Matheson 14 pass from Fisher (Bashall convert) 10:33 Second Quarter Ott—TD, Ruddy 8 pass from Spinella (Went convert)... [Read More]
Grenadiers ousted in conference final  August 8th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY BECKWITH TOWNSHIP—In any given football game, there are a handful of seminal plays, events that come to define the game and usually have a lot to do with determining its outcome. On a sunny but mild day on the plains of central Lanark County Saturday, there were... [Read More]
Grenadiers face Myers for conference title Saturday  August 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Dillon Wisteard this week prepared to play his last football game—for the 10th time this year. “I go in thinking every game is going to be my last game,” Wisteard said. “That gets me get fired up, thinking that I want to win, because I want to keep... [Read More]
Four Grenadiers named conference all-stars  August 4th, 2015
Four members of the Kingston Grenadiers have been named to the Ontario Varsity Football League Wettges conference all-star team. One of them, quarterback Dylan Fisher, is a repeat selection from 2014, one of just four players who was chosen for the second year in a row. The other Grenadiers... [Read More]
Grenadiers win on the road; advance to conference final  August 2nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kingston Grenadiers will play for the Wettges Conference championship this week, and they can thank their defence for the opportunity. The Grenadiers allowed no touchdowns and a season-low three points Saturday, as Kingston defeated the West Durham Dolphins 14-3 in an... [Read More]
Grenadiers hope to reverse fortunes against Dolphins  July 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They regretted it the day it happened. The Kingston Grenadiers have regretted it a little bit more every week since. That’s because the last-minute 28-27 defeat the Grenadiers suffered at the hands of the West Durham Dolphins on the opening weekend of the Ontario... [Read More]
Three teams, 18 new members for Queen's football hall  July 30th, 2015
Queen’s Football Hall of Fame will swell by 18 members and three championship teams when it holds its induction ceremony Friday, Sept. 10. The university has announced that 10 new builders and eight players will enter the hall at a banquet at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing... [Read More]
Grenadiers defeat Oshawa, advance to conference semifinals  July 25th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It truly was, as coach Mark Magee suggested, “an interesting game.” On a hazy and humid Saturday afternoon at Loyalist Collegiate, the Kingston Grenadiers scored four touchdowns in the first half—and they would have had two more but for turnovers inside... [Read More]
Unfamiliar opponent awaits Grenadiers in playoff opener  July 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY So which does a coach prefer to play in a sudden-death playoff game: the devil he knows, or one he doesn’t? “It’s difficult to play a team you haven’t played,” said Kingston Grenadiers coach Mark Magee, whose team Saturday afternoon will do... [Read More]
Grenadiers to face Oshawa in playoff opener  July 21st, 2015
Kingston Grenadiers will open the Ontario Varsity Football League playoffs at home Saturday afternoon, hosting the Oshawa Hawkeyes in a 1 o'clock game at Loyalist Collegiate. The Grenadiers, 6-2, finished third in the Wettges Conference, behind Ottawa, 8-0, and West Durham, also 6-2 but... [Read More]
Riled-up Grenadiers stage remarkable comeback  July 11th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When Curtis Finkeldey scored a touchdown, giving his team a 14-point lead with less than four minutes to play Saturday afternoon, many people present believed he had provided his team with the score that would clinch a victory. Instead, he could well have provided the... [Read More]
Grenadiers offensive line slowly gaining respect  July 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If the coaches have done their homework well, they’ve placed a considerable challenge in front of the Kingston Grenadiers’ offensive linemen—again—and those players know it. “They’re big, they’re fast; they’re like any team... [Read More]
Harry Robinson rushes for 238 yards as Grenadiers whip Wildcats  July 4th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kingston Grenadiers are proving to be a pretty resilient bunch. They ignored a trick play that led to a touchdown on their opponent’s first possession Saturday, scoring the next time they had the ball. They shook off the effects of a turnover that led the Metro... [Read More]
Grenadiers face key encounter  July 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY With two games left in the regular year, the stakes of tomorrow’s Ontario Varsity Football League game are pretty clear for the Kingston Grenadiers. Without another victory, four wins probably gets them into the playoffs, but may not. Five wins pretty much... [Read More]
Turnovers, injuries doom Grenadiers against Ottawa  June 28th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY No one is likely to dispute it: for the Kingston Grenadiers to defeat the best team in the Ontario Varsity Football League, they’d have to play a near perfect football game. In the first half of their game Saturday, the Grenadiers did just that, and they trailed the... [Read More]
Nine ex-Gaels open the season in the CFL; Regi grad Cory Greenwood is with the Argos  June 27th, 2015
Three former members of the Queen’s Golden Gaels will be on the field Saturday night when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the opening game of the Canadian Football League season for both teams. Receiver Rob Bagg and defensive back Matt Webster will be... [Read More]
Grenadiers brace for most challenging game of the year  June 26th, 2015
Two teams at the top of the conference will put four-game winning streaks on the line Saturday, when the Kingston Grenadiers face the Ottawa Myers Riders in an Ontario Varsity Football League game at the Beckwith Township field near Carleton Place. Game time is 6 p.m. Myers, the two-time... [Read More]
Riley Avery scores five touchdowns as Grenadiers beat Markham  June 21st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It wasn’t exactly what the Kingston Grenadiers had planned for their football game Saturday night, but if the guy who started the year as the team's No. 3 running back is going to rush for more than 200 yards, well, fine. They’ll take it. With Calvin deFayette... [Read More]
Wait was worth it for Queen's football recruit Brodie Latimer  June 20th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There were some anxious moments in the Latimer household this spring. His heart set on coming to Queen’s and playing football for the Golden Gaels, Brodie Latimer waited to hear whether the university had anything similar in mind for him. As his Sydenham High School... [Read More]
Masters neuroscience student can play a little, too  June 20th, 2015
 By CLAUDE SCILLEY Allen Champagne might be the answer to a football coach’s prayer, but make no mistake about it. “I’m an academic guy,” Champagne says. “I’m here for school.” Specifically, that’s to pursue graduate studies in... [Read More]
Young linebackers facing test in Markham  June 19th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Front and centre, undoubtedly in the crosshairs of their opponent when the Kingston Grenadiers travel to Markham to face the winless Raiders Saturday, will be two young, largely untested linebackers. Grenadiers coach Mark Magee makes no bones about the... [Read More]
Grenadiers overcome rash of penalties to beat York-Simcoe  June 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They spent the first part of their football game Saturday afternoon putting themselves in position to win it. In the second half, the Kingston Grenadiers did their darndest to give it away. Amid a staggering spate of penalties, the Grenadiers still managed to prevail over... [Read More]
Grenadiers return home for Saturday match  June 12th, 2015
Kingston Grenadiers will be seeking their first home win of the Ontario Varsity Football League season Saturday afternoon when they host the York-Simcoe Bucs at Loyalist Collegiate. Game time is 4 o’clock. The Grenadiers suffered a last-minute 28-27 defeat in their season opener, but... [Read More]
Football Gaels name new offensive co-ordinator  June 8th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels have named Alex Vertuello as the football team's new offensive co-ordinator. Vertuello replaces Ryan Sheahan, who took the job of offensive co-ordinator of the Calgary Dinosaurs in April. A graduate of Bishop’s University, Vertuello coached for two years in... [Read More]
Two TDs by Calvin deFayette spark Grenadiers past Cornwall  June 7th, 2015
Kingston Grenadiers, behind a 130-yard rushing performance by Calvin deFayette, moved one game above .500 Saturday with a 31-13 Ontario Varsity Football League victory over the Cornwall Wildcats. The win was the second in a row on the road for the Grenadiers, after a season-opening loss at... [Read More]
Sketchy numbers don't define Grenadiers' victory  May 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY So let’s get this straight. You go on the road, it’s pouring rain, and you’re playing a team that won its last game 49-0. You throw five interceptions, and your collective rushing game goes one yard backwards. And you won? Unlikely as it might be in... [Read More]
Gaels announce preseason football game at Concordia  May 25th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels will play the Concordia Stingers in an exhibition football game Sunday, Aug. 23, in Montreal, the Queen’s Athletics Department announced Monday. The game is a rematch of last year’s preseason contest in Kingston, where the Stingers won 25-18. Concordia... [Read More]

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