Final thoughts on the Western game

Players of the Game

Offence – Jazz Lindsey
Defence – Jake Reinhart/Jordan Thompson (tied)
Special Forces – Alexander Charette

The selection of the freshman QB Lindsey comes as no surprise.  In just his second start he was 24 of 38 passing for 330 yards and 2 TDs.  He rushed 6 times for 27 yards and got us within 12 yards of beating the #2 team in Canada.  In many other games Jedd Gardner‘s 100+ yard receiving performance would have merited the honour.

Both Reinhart and Thompson would seem to be worthy so having them share the honour makes sense.  Reinhart recorded this stats line – 5 solo tackles, 8 assists – in his first game at the Sam LB position.  The freshman Thompson recorded 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 blocked pass, a sack for -10yds and another sack that forced a fumble from the UWO QB. [For some reason the CIS doesn’t record this second sack as a sack but rather as a forced fumble.  The same thing happened to Thompson when he flattened and forced a fumble from Waterloo QB Evan Martin. It doesn’t count as a tackle either in his stats.]

Freshman Alexander Charette won the special teams honour with another stellar day of returning – 6 KO returns for 128 yards & 4 punt returns for 43 yards.  This must be Charette’s 2nd or 3rd time winning.  Freshman P/K Daniel Ferraro also had an outstanding afternoon.

Scout Team Player of the Week – Blake McNeely [Freshman from Waterloo St David’s.  The 6’5″ DE played for the OFC Varsity Champion Twin City Predators]

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I was working in Kingston today and couldn’t make it to the QB Club Luncheon in Guelph at noon.  My father, a big Gryphon fan (even though he is graduate of both McMaster & UofT), made some excellent notes.  And there is plenty of information worth sharing.  I will make it the subject of another post in the next 24 hrs.

Anyways, my Dad tells me that today’s attendance was the highest he has ever seen, with nearly ever seat in the room full.  Coach Lang spoke, then Chris Decker made the feature video presentation that focused on Special Teams.  Veteran players Jake Reinhart and Kevin Campbell also spoke and answered audience questions.  DL Coach Brian Cluff organizes these excellent events and another one is set for Wednesday Oct. 19 at the Cutten Club.  Contact Madelaine Norwell at for info or to get on the email list.

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Mike Hogan’s notes on Guelph-Western from his blog on :

Guelph gave Western more than they could handle and actually led 29-24 with seven and a half minutes left…With his brother Donnie out of the lineup, Brian Marshall caught a pass from Ben Rossong and went 73 yards for the game-winning TD just 22 seconds after Guelph took that lead…Rossong had a nice starting-debut going 15/27 for 258 yards, two TDs and no INTs…His counterpart Jazz Lindsey threw for 330 yards and a pair of majors, but threw two INTs…Another day, another 100-yard game for super freshman Tyler Varga. The Western RB had 109 yards on 26 carries and scored another TD, he’s averaged 128 yards per game and has 14 rushing TDs, eight more than anyone else in the country…Jedd Gardner finally looked like Jedd Gardner Saturday. He had five catches for 101 yards. The Argo draft pick had only 18 catches for 169 yards in the first five games combined…

I discovered another new blog today that covers OUA football.  Dan Polischuk of the Streaming Sports Network [SSN] writes Core Football.   For those who can’t get enough of OUA football, Dan “provides the stories, insight and analysis that’s bound to get you fired up for Saturday afternoons!

Finally, speaking of blogs, just take another look at the predictions:

CISblog – 5 of 6 writers went with Western to cover a 35.5 point spread (Mike Radoslav, Evan Daum, Neate Sager, Perry King & Jack Grobe).  Only Jared Book from Concordia had Guelph within 35.

University Rush – Justin Dunk had Western by 26 points – 43-17.

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