Players of the Week
Offense – Saxon Lindsey
Defense – Cam Walker
Special Forces – Daniel Ferraro
With the game on the line Lindsey, and the rest of his offensive mates, stepped up and made big plays. Saxon’s was a 33-yd reception that put Guelph in field goal range with just seconds left in the game. Lindsey caught 6 total passes for 77 yards on the day. In his first game of the season Walker was involved in 8 tackles including 3 sacks and an additional tackle for loss pushing the Lancers back 15 total yards. He also knocked down a pass. Ferraro had an outstanding day kicking and punting. He hit 3 of 4 FG attempts, punting for a 39.6 yd avg and averaged 64.5 yards per KO. Ferraro wasn’t just a team honouree, the OUA announced he was the conference Special Teams Player of the Week. The following day Canadian Interuniversity Sport named Ferraro the National S-T Pl-of-Wk. Congrats Daniel!
Scout Team Players of the Week:
Offense – Evan Murdza
Defense – Riley Baines, Dave Rossetti
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I’m sort of late to the game with these but will share them in case you missed them. Lots of links to stories from the Windsor game.
The Guelph Mercury: Football Gryphons pull out late win over Lancers.
SportsEh’s game story: Comeback kids Gryphons special teams dominate against the Lancers.
From Mike Hogan’s In the Huddle column at oua.ca:
The other game was a tremendously entertaining affair that featured six lead changes. The final swing occurred on the game’s penultimate play as Daniel Ferraro, replacing an injured Julian Tropea, kicked a 17-yard field goal to give No. 7 Guelph a 24-23 win over Windsor. The Lancers had a handful of opportunities to put the game away in the fourth quarter, but the Gryphons defence held. Guelph started the winning drive on its own nine-yard line with 1:01 left on the clock and hit two big plays to get into field goal range. Alex Charette took a screen pass for 45 yards and one play later Jazz Lindsey hit his brother Saxon for 33 more. The Lancers had almost 200 more yards in total offence than the Gryphs with Evan Pszczonak accounting for 172 of those yards on seven catches while also scoring a touchdown. Neither team rushed for 100 yards. Just under 4,000 fans were at Alumni Stadium for the game.
Sportsnet.ca’s new CIS website:
The cardiac kids from Guelph did it again. After letting Laurier hang around for far too long in Week 1, Guelph was outplayed by Windsor for 58 minutes but made plays on both sides of the ball down the stretch to salvage the victory. I’m curious to see if the law of averages runs out and they start losing some of these nail-biters in the near future or if they’ve managed to create a culture of belief that steadies them in tough ball games. Either way they’ll have to stop playing down to their competition to move up in the rankings.
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I said earlier in the week I was going to have more to say about the fine play of Guelph’s defensive and special team’s units. I guess that is going to have to wait until next week. Bye weeks can make a blogger lazy 🙂
And finally some video highlights: