The most impressive part of the victory was the GHR’s domination of the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Six Gryphon recruits were key parts of that domination – OC Jamie Lalonde, LT Kyle Fraser, RT Steve Mburanumwe, RT Tyler Case, DT Zack Mallough and DE Ben Osmow. The GHR O-Line was coached by Guelph’s Mike MacDonald. His starting OL unit featured three future Gryphons and their effective blocking made it possible for the GHR to score 20 points in the 1st quarter.
The only one of the linemen recruits I hadn’t seen play before was London’s Mallough. He was a disruptive force in the middle all game long, generating push on every play and demanding double teams. He broke through several times to make plays in the backfield. He would have been my choice for defensive MVP. Ben Osmow played like the stud everyone knows him to be in spite of being limited by an injury. Brandon Hunter was impressive at defensive back making several plays and tackles.
For the GTA Travis Jennings ran well when given the opportunity but the GTA squad was never able to open holes with any consistency. Jennings nicest run of the day was negated by a holding call downfield. Safety Tristan Doughlin lived up to his reputation as a hard hitting, physical player.
Receiver Andrew Wilhelm didn’t dress for the GHR because of injury. GTA DB Jordyn Mittoo was off to a strong start in the game before he was sidelined with an injury. Guelph Recruiting Coordinator Bill Brown was the GHR’s Defensive Coordinator and Gryphon Recruiter Mark Antonelli helped coach the linebackers.