Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Valerie Wutti
LONDON, Ontario – Traveling to London to play the Western Mustangs on their own turf is no easy task for any OUA Football team. The Ravens’ date with the 32-time Yates Cup Champions on Saturday night ended in a 40-23 win for the home side.
A solid start by the Carleton defence forced a Mustang three-and-out on their first drive, and a solid punt return put the Ravens offence in excellent field position as they looked to bounce back from last week’s loss to the Guelph Gryphons. However, first year quarterback Tanner DeJong threw an interception at the goal line, which resulted in points for Western as they marched down the field for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
The Ravens made things difficult on themselves with unnecessary penalties, as late hits and blocks in the back gave the Mustangs favourable field position several times in the first half. In total, the Ravens took 12 penalties for 155 yards. The Mustangs capitalized on the Carleton miscues, forcing the Ravens to take a safety in order to try and get control of the field position battle and finished the ensuing drive with a field goal to make the score 12-0.
RAVENS – 16
MUSTANGS – 33 pic.twitter.com/URcaOkrcso
— Carleton Ravens Football (@CURavensFB) September 15, 2019
The Ravens hung around on the scoreboard, scoring their first points of the game on a beautiful throw by DeJong and an equally impressive catch by fifth year WR Quinton Soares for a 35 yard gain. The Mustang offence was methodical, chipping away at the strong Carleton defence and the Ravens were unable to get off the field on second and third downs for much of the second half, prolonging Mustang drives and leading to more points for the home side.
Dropped passes and fumbles also haunted the Ravens throughout the game. Although they recovered each of their fumbles, the inability to hang on to the ball frequently stopped any momentum the offence was able to build. Each Carleton score in the second half was immediately responded to by the Mustangs, and both teams played out the string en route to a 40-23 Mustangs victory. The Ravens will look to get back to .500 on the year next week against the Waterloo Warriors.