Joining the Gryphons in their August training camp will be two Guelph high school all stars, one from each side of the ball. While they were named to the All District 10 team at one position they both contributed to their teams in many ways. The pair have also been teammates with the OVFL Guelph Bears.
A two way star for the Centennial Spartans, Mac Myers earned his all star selection as a hard hitting defensive back. But the versatile Myers also ran the show when Centennial was on offense. This excerpt from the Guelph Mercury following a Centennial victory over Bishop MacDonnell seems to typify Myers high school efforts.
Quarterback Mac Myers, who also played linebacker on defence, scored two of the touchdowns as he punched the ball into the end zone on runs of 10 & 5 yards.
“Mac’s a great game manager,” Centennial coach Tyler Wiatr said. “He can beat you with his arm and he’s an all-star running back, so you have to really respect his running ability. That’s definitely a great threat to have at quarterback.”
The 6′ 175lb Myers is likely to be a defensive back or Sam-type linebacker with the Gryphons. Last summer Myers played in a defensive backfield for the Bears that included current Gryphon freshman Mackenzie McLaughlin. Myers recorded 16 solo tackles, five assists, an INT and a PBU. But his most impressive OVFL numbers may have been his return yards. Myers returned five punts for an average of 25.4 yards including a 57yd TD. He averaged 22.3 yards on his kickoff returns.
At 6’3″ 205lbs Guelph CVI’s James Ingram did it all for the Gaels. He was a two way player who also handled the team’s punting duties. In high school Ingram primarily lined up at wingback, a position from which he both caught and ran with the ball. He makes plenty of acrobatic catches. In 2010 Ingram led the Guelph Bears in receptions and receiving yardage. He also threw 11 passes and punted for a 36.2 yard average. With his size and rugged play Ingram will likely be utilized at slotback.
Last year this versatile and physical athlete took up a new high school sport – wrestling. By the end of his first season Ingram was the Division 4/10 champion in the 95kg class.
Update: The Guelph Bears 2011 roster lists James Ingram at 6’4″ 215 lbs making him a potentially even more imposing presence in the slot. Veteran Gryphon slot receiver Dave Honig is coaching the Bears receivers.