Preview of the Queen’s game

On Saturday against the Golden Gaels the Gryphons will be looking to extend their win streak to 6 games. It will also be a battle for second place in the OUA with the winner getting a bye to the semi-finals. As much as I want the Gryphons to win, I’m not sure I really want a bye week. As I’ve said before, this is a young team learning to win. Having to play a quarter-final game then travel to Kingston for a re-match with the Gaels wouldn’t be a terrible thing for the program. Of course, how could anyone complain if we do finish second and host the semi-final. On second thought, I would definitely prefer to meet the Gaels on our new turf field than play on their grass.

This past Saturday Queen’s defeated Windsor 24-7. They used a very strong defensive effort to throttle the Lancers. Plenty of details are contained in this game story from the Kingston Whig-Standard.

Record since 2007: The Gryphons are 1-3 against the Golden Gaels over the past 5 years. During that time Queen’s has won the 2009 Vanier Cup and recorded a perfect 8-0 regular season in 2008. As much as it hurts to remember, the 2009 Labour Day game was one of the best games I have seen in the past five years. Maybe THE best game. In the archives of gryphons.ca you will find this summary of the 2009 game.

2011 – did not meet
2010 –  21-15  Guelph
2009 –  52-49  Queen’s
2008 –  41-30  Queen’s
2007 –  26-14  Queen’s

How the numbers match up: Besides having identical 5-1 records, the two teams are closely ranked in several CIS statistical categories. On offense Queen’s is ranked #11 in total yards per game followed by Guelph at #12. On Defense, in terms of yards allowed per game, Queen’s is again #11 and Guelph #12. While the teams are very close in scoring offense 30.7 (Qu) and 29.8 ppg, Queen’s does have a significant advantage in points differential. The Golden Gaels have scored 79 more points than they have given up. As a result of the game 1 blowout loss and closer margins of victory Guelph has only outscored opponents by 16.

Key Players for the Gaels:

QB Billy McPhee – 118/191  61.8%  1478 yards (10th in CIS)  6 TDs 5 INTs

RB Ryan Granberg – 131 carries 780 yards (2nd in CIS) 130 yds/game

REC J Chapdelaine – 33 catches 499 yards (11th in CIS) 4 TDs
REC G Aprile – 25 catches 397 yards (15th in CIS) 2 TDs

LB Sam Sabourin – 31 solo tackles 13 assists 3 sacks 8 TFLs
DE Derek Wiggan – 21 solo tackles 12 assists 4.5 sacks 5 TFLs

Broadcast:

SSN.ca will provide a live webcast. I assume that gryphons.ca will again provide live stats.

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4 Responses to Preview of the Queen’s game

  1. Bob from Burlington says:

    The 2009 game of Guelph against a team(Gaels) that eventually won the Vanier should have been Guelph’s win. If it wasn’t for Queen’s return man Jimmy Allin’s heroics(3 combined TD’s on punt returns and kickoffs in that 52-49 win by Gaels on a wonderful warm Labour Day afternoon) Guelph would have won with ease.

    The players on Queen’s that you will likely be impressed with besides RB Granberg are their two receivers- Chapdelaine and Aprile. When you over cover them hard, they have a 6’5″ receiver Macdonell(#84) and 6’3′ fella named Isakov(#83) that gave Mac Marauders fits several weeks ago in the second half with 15 to 20 yard pass completions.

    Queen’s have a balanced team and you will be surprised at the general lack of mistakes and execution miscues they bring to the table- compared to Western last week. As impressed as I was with Guelph last week, Gaels are a formidable team and my second rated team presently in the OUA at least as my preference to meet a Canwest team in the Mitchell Bowl or even have a try at Vanier likely against the hated Laval who themselves are a near shoo in to go past the Q and take the Uteck Bowl.

  2. John Q says:

    Western was favoured by 13 last weekend! Guelph is fired up and have home field. Donny Marshall aside, 42 points were put up with both sides of the ball contributing. Defensive pressure forces the play, which in turn leads to rushed plays mistakes. Let’s hope that happens again on Saturday! Keep it up Gryphons!

  3. Dave says:

    Guelph has everything to gain and little to lose as few expect them to win. I’ll be rooting for Guelph on Saturday as I’d love to see Queen’s traveling for the OUA semi final.

  4. John Q says:

    Dave. Like Western, scrambling to get rid of the ball causes all kinds of variables. Hopefully the team keeps the same pressure on the Queens QB and our D and special teams takes advantage of it.

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