An Afternoon To Remember: Carleton returns to gridiron after 15 years, fall to Waterloo 47-8

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by Mike Beasle

Sept. 7, 2013, Ottawa, ON – Ravens Field was rocking on Saturday afternoon with the long awaited return of the Carleton football program. But unfortunately the result of the game could not be scripted in Carleton’s favour as Waterloo spoiled the day and defeated the Ravens 47-8.

After 15 pigskin starved years, football was back, the new stands were full and the sold out crowd was geared up for a great game.

The day had been years in the planning and what a great job the organizers did.

As the clock moved closer to 1:00PM, the Ravens Old Crows, Carleton student body and the Ottawa sports community came together to watch CIS football once again.

And like a great movie plot, the crowd rose as one as the ball was kicked off to start a new era in Ravens football.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere out there today (Saturday) it was electric,” said Steve Sumarah, Ravens head coach.

“Playing in front of a home crowd like that with so much noise and emotion was a definitely a first for most our guys.”

Waterloo (2-1) lead 16-0 at halftime but Carleton regrouped during the break and came back for the final 15 minutes with more composure and confidence.

In the third quarter the Ravens outscored the Warriors 8-7 highlighted by a 22 yard touchdown pass from QB Jesse Mills (Halifax, NS) to R Kyle Van Wynsberghe (Delhi, ON) at 7:02.

“The play and the catch happened so fast, I can’t remember all the details,” said Van Wynsberghe.

“But I do recall beating my guy, looking up at the ball and waiting for it to come down. It felt like it took forever to land in my hands but Jesse (Mills) put the ball right on the money and I was in the end zone.”

From there the Ravens (0-2) had trouble with their consistency and landed in penalty trouble.

“I really liked out third quarter, we (Carleton) moved the ball on offence and let our defence rest,” said Sumarah.

“But we took several undisciplined penalties after that and started feeling sorry for ourselves. The guys have to remember that things don’t happen quickly, it’s a process that takes time.”

The Ravens travel to Windsor on Saturday, September 14 to tackle the Windsor Lancers. Game time at Alumni Field is 1:00PM.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.