No such thing as a moral victory?

Guelph lost to Concordia today 23-21.  But in so many ways it felt like a win. 

Some preliminary notes (more details tomorrow):

I think Concordia coach Gerry McGrath’s simple post game comment is very telling: Your team is bigger and faster than last year.

Players-of-the-game: Offense – QB Jazz Lindsey; Defense – DB – Keaton Spratt; Special Forces – Alex Charette; Biggest Hit – Mike Ullerick.  Each one of them a true freshmen not even a week into their college careers.

Luke Nangle had an impressive performance, undoubtedly the best of his Gryphon career.  He led the O on several nice drives in the 2nd quarter.

The afternoon began with the two teams facing off in two overtime series – alternating possessions from the 35 yard line.  In spite of bouncing a 41 yd FG attempt off the crossbar in their first series, Guelph outscored the visitors 14-0.  Cory Davidson scored off-tackle from the 5.  Alex Charette returned a missed FG attempt 110 yards.

Guelph competed with Concordia even with a bunch of veteran  starters held out of the game – Savoie, Baines, Durigon, Millar & Piotrowski.  More than 3o freshmen played.  Many players deep down the depth chart played extensively and played well.  Great effort Gryphons!

Update: Dept of Athletics press release here.

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