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.