The game is underway. I’m watching via this Youtube.com link
Former Gryphon QB Justin Dunk doing the play-by-play on the broadcast.
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All 3 Gryphons are playing for the West team [red unis].
#68 Eric Starczala is the starting RT.
#56 Job Reinhart is the starting long snapper and should also play some at LB.
#17 Theo Landers is playing QB. Michael O’Connor of UBC started the game for the West.
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East out to an early 12-0 lead. West has made plays but hurt itself with penalties. The big play for the East was a QB sack and strip that was returned for a TD.
The 1st Q comes to an end with an incomplete pass in the EZ.
The West gets on the board on the second play of the 2nd Q with a FG. Perfect snap by Job Reinhart.
Reinhart makes his first tackle on the next series bringing down the QB on a keeper.
Theo Landers is into the game for the West on the first series of the 2nd Q with his team backed up on their 3-yd line.
Landers is 0-3 on passes on his first two series. They haven’t let him run the ball yet.
The run game is working since Landers has come in. I’m still hoping we’ll see him carry it soon.
West has the ball at center field after a back-to-back runs produce a 1st down. Landers hits on a 6-yd pass for his first completion. On a Greg Marshall 3rd down gamble Landers scrambles for 5 and a 1st down. Another Landers run on 1st for a gain of 4. A high and bobbled snap on another 3rd down gamble ends the West drive inside the East 40.
After an East series where they hurt themselves with penalties, followed by a nice return by Kurleigh Gittens Jr. West/Landers takes possession at the 55-yd line. Two-minute drill. Landers completes 3 passes, has a long ball go of the the finger tips of a receiver, then runs for 9 yards. As the clock winds down Landers puts the ball into the hands of York receiver Colton Hunchak in the end zone. Hunchak can’t hang on to it, partly because of contact from a DB.
Score at Halftime – 14-3 for the East.
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My quick thoughts on the 1st Half …
• This is an excellent broadcast. I’ve experienced ZERO issues with buffering, sound and the other things that seem to plague U Sports games streamed online. Maybe OUA.tv should consider using Youtube.com instead of whoever their provider is these days.
• This game broadcast feels like it is going very fast. I think it is because it doesn’t commercials. I actually be in favour of U Sports adding a few commercials if they could make some money off of them.
• I think all three Gryphon players have played very well. OL Starczala has looked excellent including several times when he was matched up against Laval’s superstar D-End Mathieu Betts. Reinhart has been close to perfect with his long snapping duties and made some plays on defense. Landers has a little high on his first couple passes but was gaining momentum with each series. At this point his passing stats may not been great but he is a dropped pass away from being a 1st half MVP candidate.
• The 1st Half stats overall are not particularly impressive. I’m surprised how little offensive production there was. For example, First downs – West 8, East 3. It seemed more exciting than that to me.
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Landers back in at QB for Team West to start the 3rd Q. Landers moves West from their own 4 out to the 47 with a few 1st downs including a scramble and pass completion.
Next series – West is backed up to their 6-yd line but not for long as Landers completes a long pass to a Regina receiver that brings the ball out to their 41. West keeps picking up 1st downs. Some nice runs, a couple more pass completions, a big QB scramble and West gets into the Red Zone. The 9-play, 90+ yard drive ends with a FG to make the game 14-8.
Through 3 quarters West leads East in total offense – 250 yards to 93 yards.
According to the broadcast Landers passing stats for his 2 quarters of play – 9 of 15 for 100 yards. In the 4th Q Michael O’Connor is now back in the game at QB.
An East penalty negates a big passing play, followed by a big sack and East is punting from deep in their own end. Another East penalty on the punt and West will start their drive at the East 47. Score still 14-8.
West turns it over on downs at the East 40. East goes 2-and-out. West is penalized on the punt return. A holding penalty negates a nice Jamal Lyles run. This is an all star game after all.
Justin Dunk says attendance is 5-6,000. I’m looking forward to being in Stade TELUS to watch Guelph play Laval in a pre-season game on August 19. We finally had official confirmation of the game just this week.
Eric Starczala is still in the game at right tackle for the West.
West has moved down to the 17-yd line with 2:20 left in the game. Manitoba RB Jamal Lyles makes people miss and takes it to the EZ to give the West a 15-14 lead.
East is backed up deep in their own end with just seconds left and trailing by 1 point.
It’s over. West wins 15-14.
I think all three Gryphons have to be happy with the way they played today. I also think Theo Landers proved some things to any who doubted him. His final passing stats 10-18 for 119 yards plus some important rushing yards. Landers was actually the game’s leading rusher with 9 carries for 56 yards.
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Check the game’s Box Score here
After an East safety midway through the third quarter, the West again cut the lead at the end of the frame, thanks to the excellent work of Guelph quarterback Theodore Landers. In a series of 12 plays and 94 yards, Landers got several first downs through the air and on the ground, and Brian Hope added the finishing touch as time expired with a 19-yard field goal. At the start of the fourth quarter, the East’s lead was only 14-8.
Don’t forget about the contributions of a couple of Gryphon coaches …