Volume 95, Issue 21
Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Blues a Thanksgiving treat
Mustangs have 43 reasons to smile
By Jordan Bell
The Western Mustangs football team is no longer singing the blues.
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues came into TD Waterhouse Stadium Saturday afternoon with a confident swagger, but eventually left with their tails between their legs, after the Mustangs laid a 43-1 beating on the hapless Blues.
Things didn't start so smoothly though the first play from scrimmage, a fumble by running back Drew Soleyn, brought back memories of the last two weekends.
The Mustangs were bullied by the McMaster Marauders 48-10 two weeks ago and then lost an uninspired Homecoming game to the Waterloo Warriors 22-3. But Mustang head coach Larry Haylor said the key to his team's success was their ability to weather the storm.
"We survived the early going," Haylor said. "We came out tight in the first quarter, giving the ball away right off the bat."
The onslaught began when Mustang quarterback Chris Hessel threw a perfectly lobbed spiral to receiver Preston Haynes in the right corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. Haynes made a highlight reel lunge for the ball and notched his first touchdown of the season.
Hessel, who has struggled as of late, had a solid day. The 26-year-old signal caller was reading his receivers routes and crisply passing the ball where it was supposed to be, instead of just blindly launching away like he did in the McMaster and Waterloo games.
He finished 17 for 24, with 253 passing yards, one touchdown and most importantly no interceptions. Haylor was pleased with his leader's performance.
"The balls were thrown very well," Haylor said. "He threw well under pressure and also to the weak side."
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