Home­com­ing spoiled

Run­ning back Carter has great day, but Ravens fall flat in sec­ond half against Water­loo


The main topic of con­ver­sa­tion fol­low­ing the Car­leton Ravens Home­com­ing game Saturday should have been about the record-set­ting day by run­ning back Nathan Carter and a win­ning ef­fort by the home team.

In­stead it’s about dis­ap­point­ment and missed op­por­tu­ni­ties as the Ravens blew a 30-10 sec­ond­half lead in a 45-43 loss to the Water­loo War­riors.

The War­riors, the same War­riors who were win­less in 16 games over the past two sea­sons, scored touch­downs on their first five pos­ses­sions of the sec­ond half while the Ravens de­fence was able to shut them down on their fi­nal two drives very late in the game.

De­spite all that the Ravens had a chance to tie the game with 12 sec­onds left but quar­ter­back Michael Ar­ruda was hauled down by War­riors’ back Lau­taro Frecha while try­ing to score a two-point con­ver­sion af­ter throw­ing a 20-yard touch­down pass to Wil­son Birch.

Game over, home­com­ing ru­ined.

“In the first half we came re­ally con­fi­dent and we were ready to play. We went into half­time and they had scored a touch­down and we got down on our­selves,” Ravens’ re­ceiver Si­mon Beeksma said.

“They went in and game planned and we came out in the sec­ond half flat. We got com­pla­cent in the fact that we were up by 20.”

Af­ter the War­riors took a 31-30 lead on a 52-yard touch­down run by Dion Pel­lerin, the Ravens re­sponded with a 72-yard touch­down pass from Ar­ruda to Philippe Iloki to re­claim the lead and hope­fully sal­vage a win.

Pel­lerin ran in an­other touch­down from 60-yards a cou­ple of min­utes later and then Lu­cas McCon­nell threw a 23-yard touch­down pass to Lam Di­ing that put the War­riors up 45-37 af­ter the con­ver­sion.

“It’s rough. To know that we lost a game we should have won. There’s not much to say. We need to do bet­ter. Men­tal mis­takes is all it is,” said Carter, who rushed for 274 yards on 22 car­ri­ers break­ing the old sin­gle-game record of 258 set last Sept. 24 by cur­rent team­mate Jayde Rowe.

“I’m proud of my­self. I set out to break a record this sea­son and I did. The of­fence line worked ex­tremely well and I give the credit to them.”

Carter also said he would have gladly traded in some of those yards for points on the score­board as the Ravens are now in a hole at 1-3 with four games left to play. Car­leton Ravens QB Michael Ar­ruda was hauled down while try­ing a two-point con­ver­sion.

They have a bye­week com­ing up be­fore they take on the Univer­sity Of Ottawa Gee-Gees in the an­nual Panda game at TD Place Sept. 30.

“I hope the guys can take this week to re­ally learn from this loss. It’s go­ing to be a grind for the rest of the sea­son to get into the play­offs, so this bye week is go­ing to be cru­cial for us to take that next step.”

McCon­nell had an ex­plo­sive day be­hind cen­tre as he com­pleted 29 of 43 passes for 477 yards and four touch­downs.

His coun­ter­part Ar­ruda had 348 yards com­plet­ing 20 of 39 passes and three touch­downs.

The War­riors had 679 yards of to­tal of­fence while the Ravens had 635 in a very en­ter­tain­ing day of foot­ball.

The War­riors are now 4-0 to start the sea­son and at worst can fin­ish 4-4, which nor­mally is enough for a berth in the OUA post sea­son. The cul­ture has changed with the War­riors un­der coach Chris Ber­toia, now in his third sea­son.

“Car­leton is a fan­tas­tic foot­ball pro­gram and we knew we were go­ing to have to weather a storm, but not 30-10. This team be­lieves right now and the team that I took over two years ago would have lost 70-10. Those times have changed,” ex­plained Ber­toia.

“Over­all the sec­ond half was out­stand­ing. All we talked about was win­ning the sec­ond half. I didn’t even talk about win­ning the game, just the sec­ond half. Things started to go our way and it was nice to pull that out.”

The War­riors will try to go 5-0 when they host the 3-0 Wil­frid Lau­rier Golden Hawks in the bat­tle of Water­loo next Saturday.


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