Tonawanda News


October 29, 2012

Falls' Ollison sets Canisius rushing record in win over St. Joe's

Falls' Ollison sets Canisius rushing record in win over St. Joe's

Tonawanda News — The chants grew louder with each moment Qadree Ollison stayed on the field to do interviews and pose for pictures. "We want Q!" belted Canisius' student section, "The Blue Crew," which had formed a tunnel to congratulate the running back.

Ollison, a Niagara Falls resident, had just played the game of his life and led Canisius (9-0, 5-0 Monsignor Martin) to a 28-21 road victory over arch rival St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (7-2, 3-2). He ran 39 times for 335 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior almost single-handedly won the game, as he scored all of Canisius' points and the Crusaders did not accrue a single passing yard.

"I think I'll remember this performance for the rest of my life," Ollison said. "These are the types of games that never go away."

Canisius clinched the Monsignor Martin regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the conference playoffs with the win in rainy, windy conditions at Robert Scott Athletic Complex.

The game lived up to its billing, as Canisius entered as the No. 1-ranked large school in Western New York and St. Joe's entered ranked sixth. The Marauders led 14-7 at the half, but their senior day ended on a sour note as Ollison took over in the second half.

"He's a hell of a back," said St. Joe's head coach Dennis Gilbert.

Ollison amassed 246 of his 335 yards and three of his four touchdowns after the break.

"Some of our kids, I questioned them at halftime," said Canisius head coach Rich Robbins. "I questioned our heart and they responded.

"It's hard to put into words right now. Tough weather, tough day. Both teams had to run. Qadree again was outstanding."

Ollison struggled with cramps all game and had to rest for a few plays twice, but he kept coming back and Canisius kept feeding him. The Crusaders did not attempt a pass in the second half.

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