Players of the Game
Offense – Rob Farqharson
Defense – Jake Reinhart
Special Teams – Jake Reinhart
Farqharson wins the Offensive award for the second week in a row. Last week I said he had a career day. Then he went out and topped it with 18 carries for 160 yards(8.9 yd avg), two receptions for 26 yards and 2 TDs. No misprint – Reinhart did double-dip, winning both the Defensive and Special Teams awards. He led all tacklers with 8 solo tackles (3 on specials) and 3 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a blocked punt.
Scout Team Player of the week – Zachary Bader-Shamai
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In the lead-up to the home opener Rob Massey of the Merc talked to veteran linebacker and team captain Jake Reinhart. Now in his fifth year, this is Reinhart’s final season as a Gryphon gridiron performer.
“With all the improvements going on in the stadium, it’s a shame that it is (my last home opener),” he said after Wednesday’s practice at Varsity Field. “I wish it could have happened four years earlier.”
Reinhart paid his dues before getting his first chance to be a starter last season. After backing up Adam Dunk at middle linebacker for three years, he started at that position last year and responded by being the leading tackler in the OUA. In all, he was involved in 77 tackles (48 solo).
“You wish you had his motivation, his enthusiasm in every player,” Gryphon head coach Stu Lang said. “There was a classic situation during training camp. He got hurt. I was right there and he sort of struggled off and fell. He looked, honestly, like he’d broken his leg, but the next day he’s up running. The guy is so resilient and he’s so tough.”
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It is a good thing I’m not too worried about where Guelph is ranked in the FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 poll. Our preseason opponents, the Saskatchewan Huskies, have moved back up in the poll. Even the Windsor Lancers who we whipped 28-9 just 10 days ago received more votes (barely). Guelph outplayed both those teams on their home fields and it seems not to matter to the voters. While quality road wins may not have mattered it does sound like some voters lost respect for the Gryphons because we didn’t bury the winless Warriors until the 2nd half.
Perhaps it is a good thing that unlike the NCAA, polls don’t really mean anything in CIS football. The Gryphons do get to face two more top ten teams – Western & Queen’s – in October, both on our home field this time. Ultimately, those games will be more important for the impact they have on our playoff seeding than any effects on rankings.
Week 4 – Pts (1st place) Last week
1. McMaster (3-0) 299 (29) 1
2. Calgary (3-0) 267 (1) 2
3. Montreal (3-0) 231 4
4. Laval (3-0) 220 3
5. Queen’s (3-0) 184 6
6. Western (2-1) 141 5
7. Saskatchewan (2-1) 89 * 9
8. Manitoba (2-1) 89 7
9. Regina (2-1) 70 10
10. Sherbrooke (2-1) 35 NR
* Saskatchewan edges Manitoba for seventh place based on number of higher-placed votes.
Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (19), Windsor (6), Guelph (5), Concordia (1), UBC (1)