- Gryphons.ca was quick to post a game story – Gryphons defeat Lancers by a Field Goal in the Final Seconds. Some statistical highlights … Jazz Lindsey was 15-for-29 on 195 yards for the day. Saxon Lindsey led all receivers with six catches on 77 yards and played a crucial role in the Gryphons charge down the field in their last possession to set up the winning field goal. John Rush (Niagara, Ont.) led the defence with four unassisted tackles and eight assisted tackles. The Gryphons put consistent pressure on quarterback Austin Kennedy, with Cam Walker as his biggest threat with two and a half sacks, and Jeff Finley close behind with one and a half sacks. Curtis Newton (London, Ont.) and Mackenzie Myers (Guelph, Ont.) both had a sack as well, totaling to five sacks for the Gryphon defence.
- Mind you the actual game stats credit Guelph with ten sacks on the day. [Check out the CIS website for complete game stats, box score, drive summary etc.] But nobody is perfect as the CIS stats credit DB Kevin Griffith with .5 of a sack and he wasn’t even in the lineup. I believe that .5 of a sack actually belonged to Ian Marouf. Marouf, Curtis Newton, Mac Myers and Jordan Thompson were each credited with 1 sack. Cam Walker had 3 and Jeff Finley 2.5.
- You will see in the photos at gryphons.ca that the team was sporting new helmets. Very unique design – red & black hounds-tooth check. The G on the side of the helmet is very reminiscent of that sported by the Georgia Bulldogs or the Green Bay Packers. It was actually worn by the Gryphons back in the late 1960s.
- There were four new players in the game today that I saw. Freshmen Mason Swift, Derek Drouillard and Jadon Johnson each saw their first game action on special teams units. Another rookie who played a significant role on offense in his first regular season OUA game was 3rd year WR Jordan Boutilier. Boutilier redshirted in 2011 and sat out 2012 after undergoing shoulder surgery. He caught two passes for 29 yards.
- I wrote about the D-Line depth after the Laurier game only to see the coaches use a little shorter rotation this week. In part, that was due to the return to the lineup of DE Cam Walker. Ian Marouf had another standout game. He worked more inside this week and less at DE. But the fact that he was able to step in and perform at such a high level is great news for a DL unit that lost 3 key veterans from last year. A couple of the younger guys dressed – Blake McNeely & Donnie Egerter – saw some time on some special teams units. It was McNeely who got an arm up to make the crucial FG block late in the game.
- When I originally looked at the 2013 schedule I wasn’t too impressed with our bye week falling in Week 3 before UofT. The week before the Homecoming Game or before the trip to Kingston would have been more beneficial. But now it seems it might be perfect timing. We’ve got two weeks to work on some things and get some people ready to play. And it comes before players are fully engaged in classes, assignments, etc. which is beneficial. It could almost be an extra week of training camp.
- There were four other OUA games today. SportsEh has quick recaps of the afternoon games here. Night game results: UofT 27-20 over Laurier and Western Ontario 71-4 over Carleton.
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