Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – It’s three wins in a row for the Carleton Ravens, as they delivered a thrilling double overtime win over the Queen’s Gaels in the annual Homecoming game at MNP Park.
Down 7-1 in the 1st quarter, Carleton jumped into the lead after WR Chad Manchulenko scooped up a fumble from teammate RB Nathan Carter and ran it 64 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. The play was the second longest fumble recovery touchdown in Ravens football history.
The Ravens scored again before the quarter expired, as QB Mike Arruda tossed a short pass to WR Phil Iloki that the Montreal native took to the end zone to extend the Carleton lead to 15-7.
After the Gaels’ Del Brocco caught his second touchdown of the day to bring Queen’s within one, Carleton proceeded to run off three unanswered scores to close out the half. Following a Mike Domagala field goal, an interception by LB Cole Hepburn set up Carleton at the opposing one yard line. Arruda would cross the goal line on the next play to make it 25-14 Ravens.
After getting the ball back late in the half at their own 9 yard line, Carleton would execute a perfect two minute drill to score before the break. Nathan Carter gained 37 yards on the drive, capping it off with a 15 yard touchdown reception to put Carleton up 32-14 going into halftime.
The second half saw Del Brocco complete his hat trick of touchdowns late in the 3rd quarter to bring Queen’s within 12. Late in the 4th Queen’s QB Nate Hobbs showed why he leads the OUA in rushing touchdowns, scampering for a 15 yard score to cut the Carleton lead to 36-29.
With 1:45 remaining Queen’s managed to tie the game, as Hobbs connected with Jeremy Pendergast on a 9 yard hookup to make the score 36-36. Queen’s would get a chance to win the game in regulation, but a Nick Liberatore field goal from 42 yards sailed wide as time expired.
After Liberatore connected from the same distance in double overtime, Carleton responded with a deep pass from Arruda down the right which WR Quinton Soares hauled in at the 2 yard line. The next play RB Mathieu Pickens took a handoff wide left and managed to just break the goal line plane for the game winning touchdown.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME
RB Nathan Carter had a big day all around, rushing for 159 yards while adding 20 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. “There were a few holes opening here and there,” said Carter. “I went based off reactions of what I saw. My lineman helped me out, and they’re the ones who created what I did.”
Carleton vs. Toronto
Varsity Centre – Toronto, ON
Saturday, September 22 (1 PM)