Thoughts on the York game

Right up front I have to admit that I missed the entire 1st Q and part of the 2nd. The Gryphons led 11-7 before I entered the stadium. I actually came very close to missing the entire game which would have been the first one in five years [last one: @ Windsor in 2008]. I did arrive in time to see one of the game’s turning point plays. Late in the 2nd Q on a short run York QB Myles Gibbon was whacked hard by Cam Thorn and Jaryd Baines. He came back in on the next series for two plays before leaving the game. Gibbon was York’s most effective offensive weapon. The Lions were not the same after he left.

The Positives

  • Guelph won the turnover battle 6-0. Particularly big were a red zone interception by Bryan Dunjko and a scoop & score by Vince Lonsdale of a blocked punt. The Gryphons could have gone down 14-3 in the 1st Q if not for the Dunjko pick. Guelph took the ball after that and went 87 yds in 6 plays for a TD to take the lead.
  • Big game from freshman A’dre Fraser. Fraser had his usual solid effort returning punts and kicks. He topped that off with the biggest offensive output of his young career – 5 catches for 154 yards including a 35-yd TD.
  • Julian Tropea was perfect again hitting 2 FGs, including one from 40 yds, and 4 converts.
  • The defense was solid holding the Lions to 14 points in spite of resting several starters. Most notably Colin MacDonald occupying the Mac LB spot, in place of the CIS’s leading tackler – John Rush, was in on 6 tackles.
  • The offense produced 368 yards and 27 points, a modest yardage total but not too shabby when you consider that several veteran OLs did not dress. Five of the 7 offensive lineman in the lineup were freshmen – redshirt freshman Matt Toppan and true freshmen Cam Wilhelm, Kyle Fraser, Jamie Lalonde and Steve Mburanumwe. The offense did not give up a sack.

The Negatives

  • The passing game left something to be desired. Jazz Lindsey and Luke Nangle did combine for 205 yards passing & 2 TDs but completed just 42%. York knocked down several balls at the line of scrimmage. Our QBs managed the game well enough and didn’t make any critical mistakes but lots of potential yards (& maybe points) were left unrealized.
  • Penalties were once again a problem – 12 for 114 yards – though they didn’t seem as costly as some earlier games. For example, only one penalty gave York a first down.

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Keeping yesterday’s historic 7th regular season win in perspective Gryphon captain Mike Millar told the Guelph Mercury, “that’s awesome, but we still haven’t proved anything yet. We still haven’t put together a full 60 minutes.” The full story here: Football Gryphons grab their seventh win.

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