Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Ravens dropped a back and forth affair 37-31 to the Laurier Golden Hawks in their last regular season home game of the year. Their second loss in a row sets up a crucial season finale next week on the road against the York Lions.
The opening 25 minutes consisted of opposing field goals that saw Laurier take a 9-3 advantage. A flurry of touchdowns blew things open in the final five minutes of the half however, starting with a touchdown pass from Ravens QB Mike Arruda to WR Quinton Soares in the left side of the end zone to give Carleton their first lead of the game 10-9.
After a quick touchdown by Laurier, Arruda showed off his arm again by bombing a deep pass to WR Phil Iloki who outraced the Hawks’ defenders to the end zone to put the Ravens back on top 17-16. Carleton was unable to hold the lead going into halftime, as Laurier capped off a 45 yard drive with an 8 yard touchdown pass from QB Connor Carusello to Brentyn Hall with just 7 seconds to go. This put the visitors on top 23-17 heading into the break.
The Ravens came storming out in the 3rd quarter, with defensive back Jon Edouard blocking a punt on Laurier’s opening drive to set his team up on the 3 yard line. The next play saw Nathan Carter pound the ball home to swing the game back in Carleton’s favor 24-23. Again the Ravens could not hold the lead, as Laurier marched the ensuing drive 86 yards. It was finished with an 18 yard touchdown pass from Carusello to Ente Eguavoen.
The see-saw game continued into the 4th quarter, when once again Iloki made his mark on the game. The 4th year man from Montreal found himself open down the left side and hauled in the pass from Arruda to once again put Carleton on top, 31-30.
The very next play turned out to be the game winning score, as Carusello found Esson Hamilton on the left side with the pass. Hamilton proceeded to sprint past the Ravens defenders for a 78 yard touchdown.
Ravens head coach Steve Sumarah said this was a game his team let slip away. “I can’t lie, it’s disappointing. When we had chances to make plays near the end we didn’t,” he said after the game. Sumarah knows this sets up a massive tilt against York next Friday. “It’s a playoff game, and you’ll see what kind of team shows up for that.”
With his 373 yards through the air today, Mike Arruda becomes just the 4th Ravens quarterback of all-time to hit the 4,000 passing yards mark.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME
#85 Phil Iloki – Receiver – 4th year
Carleton vs York
Friday, October 12 1pm
Alumni Field – Toronto, ON