The streak is finally over. Led by their new starter, Simon Nassar, the Varsity Blues football team, took to Waterloo, where they beat the Warriors 40–26. This marks the Blues’ first victory in their last four games, bringing their season record to 2–3.
Nassar, a second-year English major, took the helm as quarterback in his first career start, replacing former starter Richard Quittenton. The sophomore QB had quite the game in Waterloo himself following a near last-second comeback in his previous appearance in the 31–29 loss against the Guelph Gryphons.
Nassar set career marks for himself with 298 yards passing and two touchdowns, along with 35 yards on the ground on three carries and another score rushing. First-year running back Ashton Nelson also had a career day, carrying the ball 20 times for 122 yards and a touchdown.
UTM’s Stephan Boroniec had another game of multiple roles, finishing with four rushes for seven yards and a touchdown, two catches for 20 yards, and an assisted tackle.
On the defensive end, UTM players swarmed their opponents at all levels. Defensive end Everton Williams gave a sound contribution with four solos and four assisted. Justin Marra did some defensive line work too, offering two assisted tackles with one for a loss, and Abi Olusoga finished with a single tackle for a loss. Defensive back Larry Broni contributed two assisted tackles and one solo.
The Blues will return to Varsity Stadium to take on Ottawa on Saturday, October 6, at 1 p.m.