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This year marks the 75th anniversary of Carleton Ravens Football! To celebrate we will be sharing Ravens Football stories, milestones, stats & facts every day for the next 75 days.

#30) Oct. 7, 1972

 

With only one touchdown in three games, not many gave the Ravens much of a chance in Week 4 as they travelled to Kingston to face the Queen’s Golden Gaels. Queen’s had shut out Carleton 33-0 to open the season.

However, the Ravens offence showed up to play, and Carleton handed the Golden Gaels a 26-23 loss.

The Ravens would score the first touchdown of the game, as Dave Montagano hit Don Gormley for a 21-yard TD. Marc Brule added the extra point to put the Ravens up 7-0, giving them their first lead of the 1972 season.

Carleton struck again with their second touchdown as they caught the Gaels blitzing. Peter Stenerson, lined up as a halfback, took a pitch out to his left. The southpaw fired a 44-yard touchdown pass to Robin Harber to give Carleton a 13-0 lead.

The Ravens went up 19-0 as Montagano fired a 14-yard touchdown pass to rookie end Paul Schubert.

Montagano threw his third touchdown pass of the game in the third quarter, finding Joe Colvey for the score. Brule added the convert to put the Ravens ahead 26-7.

Queen’s mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late, and the Ravens pulled off an upset with a 26-23 win.

“With the way our division is balanced, I was certain we’d win some time,” McCuaig told the Ottawa Citizen. “We’d played well against Toronto and Ottawa and lost but I was certain it was just a matter of time before we put it all together.”

#29) Oct. 1, 1966

Ravens Stadium was jammed for the home opener as Carleton took on a newcomer to the OIFC in the Laurentian Voyageurs. Carleton flexed their offensive dominance on the visitors from Sudbury in a 48-12 win.

Bob Amer tied an OIFC record and set a Carleton record with five touchdown passes before he gave way to Sharp in the third quarter. Amer completed 12 of 17 passes for 195 yards. Dave Dalton ran for 120 yards, including a 72-yard TD. Bruce MacGregor, meanwhile, had a big game as he had 94 yards on the ground and 106 yards receiving. Big end Clem Chappell also had a big game receiving with 106 yards receiving.

Vic Savino of the Carleton offered praise for the Ravens. And how could he not? The Ravens totalled 549 yards of offense, which at that point was the third highest total in a game by Carleton.

#28) Oct. 5, 1968

The 150th game in Carleton football history was also one for the record books as the Laurentian Voyageurs visit Ravens Field.

Throughout the 1960s, Keith Harris’s Ravens had been known for their wide open passing game behind quarterbacks Glen St. John, Bob Amer and Al Morissette. Mike Sharp, however, would have the biggest game of his career, passing for 427 yards and three touchdowns on 20 completions in a 31-7 Ravens win. Sharp set a new Central Canada Intercollegiate Football Conference record for most yards passing in a game. His total of 427 yards stood as the Ravens record for 49 years, until it was broken by Michael Arruda in 2017.

#27) Oct. 3, 1970

The Guelph Gryphons came to town as the eighth rank team in Canada, and possibly the best team in the Central Canada Intercollegiate Football Conference. Making the task more daunting was that quarterback Dave Montagano, nursing a broken jaw, would be out of the line up. Or would he? Montagano, with his jaw wired shut, suited up for coach Kim McCuaig’s Ravens. He threw a touchdown pass to Scott Alexander and a two-point convert pass to Ross Reid, and he ran for an eight-yard touchdown and passed to Alexander for a two-point convert as Carleton led 16-15.

Carleton iced the win in the fourth quarter when Jim Harrison blocked a Gerry Organ punt, picked up the loose ball, and ran 23 yards for the touchdown. Keith Guild added the convert to make the score 23-15.

The Ravens went on to finish with a 4-2 record in league play, but the upset win over Guelph in the rain and mud was their biggest – and gutsiest – effort of the year.

#26) Oct. 3, 2015

How do you follow up the thrilling 2014 Panda Game with the famous 55-yard Hail Mary pass for a touchdown on the last play of the game?

How about a double-overtime win for the Ravens.

A crowd of 17,596 saw Carleton knock off Ottawa 48-45 in double overtime in the highest scoring Panda Game ever played.

Jesse Mills threw two touchdown passes to Kyle Van Wynsberghe and one each to Nate Behar and Wilson Birch. Jahvari Bennett ran for 175 yards, and Christian Battistelli ran for 93 yards and a touchdown in the win for Carleton. Michael Domagala kicked four field goals, including the game winner from 17 yards out for the Ravens.

#25) Oct. 1, 1977

The Ravens pulled off one of the biggest upsets in school history as, coming off their first win in nearly three years, they knocked off the fourth ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees.’

Chris Thompson and Torindo Panetta were in quarterback Yves Leclerc’s face throughout the game, forcing rushed passes. Thompson was also strong against the run, as Ottawa’s Dave Behm was held to just 83 yards on the ground. Behm had been averaging close to 140 yards per game.

The big play of the game came from Ed MacMillan. With the Gee Gees trailing 14-9 and threatening to score deep in Carleton territory, MacMillan scooped up a fumble and ran 106 yards for a touchdown.

“At the time I was keying on Behm,” MacMillan told the Charlatan’s Howard Bloom. “They mishandled the ball and it took an Argo bounce… It came up right into my hands. I was an offensive player in high school so I wasn’t thinking of just pouncing on it. The only thing on my mind was getting into the end zone at the other end.”

Tom MacLeod added a punt single, and MacMillan would make an interception late in the game to preserve Carleton’s 21-9 win.

No one was happier than centre Dave Boles, who was happy that the monkey had been lifted off the Ravens’ backs.

“This makes up for any humiliation I’ve suffered in the past four years,” Boles told Bloom after the game. “This is my last year at Carleton, and if we had never beaten Ottawa U. while I was here, I would have been ashamed. Now there will be a lot of fond memories.

#24) Oct. 1, 1955

While the Ravens won their season opener over Loyola 8-5 in Montreal, there was some controversy in Kingston at the RMC-Ottawa U. game. Carleton scout Rod Miller attended the game in Kingston and was approached by several cadets, who objected to him scouting the game. They demanded that he turn over his notes. When he refused, several people held his arms and his notes were taken and his pockets were emptied. Miller was unhurt. Regardless of his shredded notes, his scouting paid off. Carleton would win the first Panda Game the following week, and then the next week they would beat RMC 33-22 for their first ever win against that school. Counting their pre-season win, it was the first time Carleton had ever won five straight games.

#23) Sep. 30, 2017

Michael Arruda ran into the end zone untouched and the Carleton Ravens won their fourth straight Panda Game for the first time in school history, beating Ottawa 33-30.

Nathan Carter ran for 256 yards on the day, just short of the school record of 274 he had two weeks earlier against Waterloo. Arruda lofted a 75-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Phil Iloki with 2:09 left to play to give the Ravens the lead. Ottawa sent the game into OT when Lewis Ward nailed a 45-yard field goal on the last play of the game.

“When I was running down the sideline, I was looking at the scoreboard to see how close the (Gee-Gees) defenders were to me,” Iloki said of his touchdown. “And even though the crowd was loud, I heard my mom yelling. I had to score.”

Quinton Soares scored on an 84-yard punt return. Linebacker Leon Cenerini led a tough Raven defence. Cenerini would graduate at the end of the season as the Ravens all-time tackles leader with 301.5. Dave Harr (220) and Jason Kralt (201.5) are the only other Ravens with more than 200 tackles since the stat started being kept in 1984.

#22) Sep. 30, 1967

In 1967, the Ravens found themselves in the newly formed 12-team Central Canada Intercollegiate Football Conference. The Ravens travelled to Kingston to face longtime rival RMC in their first game. Holding on to a 14-13 lead in the second half, Carleton needed a big play to regain momentum, and it was Bruce MacGregor who would deliver it. After both MacGregor and Gary Lamourie misjudged an RMC kickoff, the ball sailed past them and rolled 15 yards deep into the end zone. The veteran wingback retreated to the end zone to pick up the football. MacGregor eluded the first wave of tacklers, got a couple of key blocks, and ran until he found the end zone.  He easily covered 160 yards on the run, if not more.

“I was winded near the end of the run but I saw they were all white sweaters behind me, so I wasn’t too worried,” MacGregor said in the Carleton.

MacGregor’s 125-yard kick-off touchdown remains the longest kick-off return in Carleton history.

#21) Sep. 28, 1985

The Ravens avenged a playoff loss from the year before with a convincing 24-6 win at Bishop’s.

Jeff Morris set a Ravens record by kicking five field goals in the game. The record stood on its own until 2018, when Michael Domagala tied it with five field goals against Toronto. Morris also averaged 47 yards per punt in the game and surpassed Mario Arnone as the Ravens’ all-time scoring leader, a title that Domagala now holds. Morris was named the CIAU Player of the Week for his efforts in the game.