Feedback and links for the Windsor game

Dillon Dimitroff after TD catch
Photo: Rob Massey/Guelph Mercury

Lots of media links to share today. Gryphon fans lost a good sports writer when the Guelph Mercury took Greg Layson off the University sports beat. But Rob Massey is coming into his own. For the second week in a row I would recommend you read his story if you’ve only got time for one. From the Guelph Mercury story – Gryphons knock down seventh-ranked Windsor:

Now that’s redemption.

Five days after their disappointing OUA football season-opening loss, the Guelph Gryphons bounced back in a big way Saturday night. The Gryphs didn’t allow a touchdown by the seventh-ranked Windsor Lancers while getting their own offence in gear for a 28-9 victory at Windsor’s Alumni Field.

“We came here to make a statement,” Guelph running back Rob Farquharson said. “We needed this game. Going 0-2 going home is not a situation we wanted to be in. It was a must win for us.”

“As I said to the players before the game, we have to find out whether we’re Saskatchewan or McMaster” Guelph head coach Stu Lang said.

Later in the story Lang is quoted as saying,

“We outphysicalled them, which I know isn’t a proper sentence, but I think that sums it up. We’re still a young team and we’re building so these are all building blocks. Tonight was a big block in the wall. I think the guys are starting to get the confidence to know that they can now compete against a lot of the other teams in the OUA.”

The Windsor Star provides the Lancers view on the game – Lancers take lumps. It seems to me that Windsor players aren’t giving Guelph much credit. It’s more about how poorly they played and the mistakes they made, rather than anything Guelph did.  The Star writer, Bob Duff, does give the Gryphons their due saying, Guelph didn’t do anything fancy or extravagant, simply lined up and smashed  Windsor on both sides of the ball.

Duff’s take is not too far off my own – Guelph was “solid but not spectacular”, we played more physically than they did and we won the battles along the line of scrimmage.

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This week’s Rouge Radio broadcast includes a lengthy review of the weekend’s CIS games. University Rush’s DJ Bennett offers most of the comments including a positive view of the Gryphons [begins at the 11:40 mark]. He likes QB Jazz Lindsey and sees very good things ahead as Jazz grows into the position. Of the Gryphons he says, “they are going to be a scary team and a team I wouldn’t want to face down the stretch”.

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On theScores.ca’s University Rush blog, Chris Lund offers some commentary and tries to answer the question Guelph & Windsor: What did we learn?.  He quotes this Gryphons Football Blog in his post.

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4 Responses to Feedback and links for the Windsor game

  1. mike shoemaker says:

    FYI – Rob Massey covered Gryphon Football when us old guys were playing the mid to late 80s. A good supporter with good knowledge of the game.

    Mike Shoemaker

    Vice President
    Umbro Canada

  2. Dave says:

    Duff also states that there is a lot of time to recover from that loss, indicating to me he didn’t understand the significance of that game. It’s very likely they’re not playing a playoff game at home again.

  3. Mark Lancer says:

    No kidding Mike. (BTW, I remember you from Windsor Massey, right?)
    That game was crucial to the final standings. Even if we upset Queens at home, UG has the tiebreaker on us. So, not only do we have to beat Queens, we have to go into London and win.
    We both know what the odds of that happening are. Anyway, the Windsor coach did acknowledge that his team has to be more two dimensional from now on. Perhaps the UG loss (and how we lost) is a wake up call. If we struggle to beat UT, I will be even more concerned about our progress.

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