Thoughts on the York game

It was what I expected it to be. 

The score says it all – 51-2.  We dominated a younger and less talented team.  There’s not much else to say.  The offence put up some decent numbers but didn’t look as sharp as the previous week in London -only 18 first downs against York versus 23 at Western – but I think the weather had something to do with that.  It also appeared the coaches may not have wanted to show too much in advance of the big match-up with Laurier this weekend. has a game story here: Gryphon’s Tame Overmatched Lions.  York U’s website has this story on the game: Guelph defeats York.

While the Guelph Mercury’s story can be found here: Gryphs clobber York to keep playoff hopes alive.

For the second week in a row QB Chris Rossetti was used in a short yardage, goal-line situation.  He tossed a 2 yard 1st Q TD to LB Jake Reinhart who was in as a blocker.  Rossetti was 7-9 for 99 yards & 2 TDs.  Starter Jazz Lindsey went 13-26 for 207 yards and 3 TDs.  Once again Rob Farquarson was the primary ball carrier with 94 yards on 15 carries.  Jedd Gardner led all receivers with 8 catches for 127 yards.  Complete game stats can be found on the CIS website.

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Players of the Game

Offence – Jedd Gardner
Defense – Cam Thorn
Special Forces – Winston Green

Gardner’s 8 catches included an 81 yard TD on a WR screen.  Thorn played well even though sick – 1 solo tackle, 3 assists [1.5 tackles for loss and a sack].  He was a key part of a defense that limited York to only 17 yards of total offense in the first half, and allowed no points and only 104 net yards in the game.  Green did an amazing job on specials that isn’t reflected by stats. “He did one of the hardest skill sets all day – blocking a man in open space – and excelled at it, often putting that man out of bounds or pancaking him. He also did a great job at his contain spot on kickoff.”

Scout Team Player of the Week – Zachary Bader-Shamai  [freshman OL from North Toronto Collegiate]

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The Gryphon defence returned to their more familiar line-up after some LB changes last week.  Kalven Seilis and Sebastian Howard were held out of the game after getting banged up against UWO.  Winston Green got his first start at corner in the absence of Howard while I believe Jeff Finley started for Seilis.  Green is in his second year as a Gryphon after transferring from uOttawa.  He was a high school teammate of Jaryd Baines at Ottawa St Pat’s where he played under HC Tim Baines.  Another transfer player, LB Vince Lonsdale (Barrie via Western), saw his first game action as a Gryphon and recorded four solo tackles in relief.  In fact, every player dressed got into the action.   Redshirt freshman Brett Hamilton saw his first game action at corner and made a big special teams hit.  Freshman DB Iain Hutchison got his second interception of the season in the 4th Q.  Freshman special teamer Keaton Spratt also saw action on D.  He was in on 6 tackles and forced a fumble.  Freshman Nigel Henry was in on a sack.

Tailback Jordan Henderson, a redshirt freshman who has dressed for three weeks and seen some special teams action, got his first carries in OUA action – 6 for 29 yards.  Matt Richardson played RT for the second game in a row with freshman Matt Nesbitt lined up beside him at RG.  Freshman Vlad Vesovic got some snaps at both guard and tackle.  Freshman long snapper Dan MacDonald saw action at the FB/H-back position and caught his first pass for 9 yards.

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