Wow! Another loss. It doesn’t feel good but for me it doesn’t hurt like the Mac and UofT losses. There were some definite positives, and negatives, in last night’s game. I’m a glass-half-full type of guy. I find a lot more reasons for hope in the positive elements of the game than I have worries about the negatives.
We lost 41-21. We are 1-4 and now have to win out to have any shot at the playoffs. That’s a long shot.
We took 17 penalties for 173 yards. At least five of these penalties were for Unnecessary Roughness and four of them were of the “touch foul” variety.
Examples: A player puts his hand on a pileup to keep from falling on the pile – 15 yards. A player tries to punch the ball loose from a runner before the whistle is blown – 15 yards. A pass rusher lets up after the Windsor QB gets rid of the ball and barely touches him but the QB “flops” – 15 yards. An OL lying on his back shoves at a Lancer player who was taking a long time to get off him -15 yards. At worst this last incident was unsportsmanlike conduct. Roughing penalties should be for rough play. The kind of incident where a player could get hurt, not incidental or “impolite” contact. The offside and procedure penalties are of more concern to me than the cheap Roughing penalties assessed by the refs.
The game stats are seriously screwed up. All Cdn DB James Savoie was not in the lineup yet the statistician credits him with a punt of 18 yards. [Should have been Michael Fortino] Even worse the rushing stats show Safety Jordan Duncan as a ball carrier who ran backwards for a 19 yard loss. That play never happened and screws up the rushing stats. The individual stats show 4 sacks by Guelph but don’t record the yardage. The Stats Summary shows 0 sacks for 0 yards.
Daniel Ferraro is still struggling as a punter. He did launch a couple of beauties with the wind but most of his punts were knuckleballs in the 20-30 yard range. That hurt. His work as a kicker was solid. On an onside kickoff attempt he lofted a short, high kick that we nearly got to.
Our offensive and defensive lines looked better against the Lancers than any team other than Waterloo. A good job was done of pressuring and containing slippery QB Austin Kennedy. If we had limited a few more of the Lancer rushes you could have said our front 7 had an excellent game. The OL provided better pass protection and opened up holes for the running game. Keep in mind that some of the nicest running plays were negated by penalties. Still TB Rob Farquarson averaged 6.6 yards on 14 carries for 92 yards. Summary: we were far from dominant but we held our own on the line of scrimmage.
Freshman QB Jazz Lindsey brought a new dynamic to the game. Windsor seemed to respect his mobility right from the outset of the game. It gave our offence a little more freedom in which to operate. Lindsey was only 11 of 32 for 202 yards (if you can trust the stats) and could have been better if not for several drops. He was off target several times on short passes he should have completed. He generally overthrew on the intermediate passes he missed. Teams will have to respect his arm strength as he throws long passes with ease. A drop by Dave Honig on a deep post would have gone for a 60-70 yd TD if he had been able to hold on.
By the second half, for the first time other than the Waterloo game, I felt like this offence could potentially score any time they came on the field. It wasn’t painful to watch like the Ottawa & UofT games or the second half vs Mac, games where our offence couldn’t get in a rythym. As we entered the 4th quarter and got the wind at our back I didn’t feel like we were out of the game. It’s quite a different feeling to think that we may be able to score two or three touchdowns in a quarter. We managed one TD but another nice drive (and our hopes) ended with an interception that Jazz threw at the 1 yd line.
On defence, DT Cam Thorn and Will LB Colin MacDonald had their most productive games of the season. Each recorded a sack and brought pressure several other times. They were credited with 4 and 5 solo tackles respectively. Also looking more at home on defence was freshman LB John Rush. Rush recorded a sack among his four tackles. He’s not yet an every down LB but he comes into the game when Guelph shifts into their 3-man front.
Other than punting, our special teams were again strong. Charette and Trivieri averaged 22.7 yards per punt return and Trivieri averaged 22.8 on four kickoff returns. We held Windsor to an average of less than 8 yards on punt returns and zero on KOs.
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For what it’s worth the Boxscore, Scoring Summary & Game Stats
are on the CIS website. Keep in mind that they contains some serious “flaws”.
Guelph Mercury game story is really just a rehash of some of the CIS stats.
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Some notes on the roster and who played. Veteran Zach Androschuck took James Savoie’s spot on the field while Mackenzie McLaughlin (2nd yr guy) was the extra DB dressed. Freshman Matt Nesbitt dressed for his second game but this time he was playing on the O-Line rather than DT. Freshman Nigel Henry saw his first action and made a tackle. He dressed versus UofT but didn’t see the field IIRC. Freshman NT Hunter Bowman dressed for the second consecutive game, third overall, and had 2 tackles. TB Jordan Henderson (2nd yr guy) also dressed. Veteran Curtis Rukavina dressed for the second time after missing the first three games and most of training camp with a shoulder problem. Freshmen Cam Walker, Keaton Spratt and Iain Hutchison continue to play extensively on special teams along with Long Snapper Daniel MacDonald and P/K Ferraro.