A win is a win. It wasn’t a masterpiece for the Gryphons but it does keep them undefeated at 4-0. It also extended their OUA regular season winning streak to 11 and their home winning streak to 8. McMaster is a quality opponent but the result still left me with the same feeling I had after the Laurier and Windsor games – this shouldn’t have been so close.
I really thought that once Guelph grabbed the lead in the 3rd Q and seemed to be in control that they would win by two scores. I think I felt that way because Guelph had taken control of the line of scrimmage and was running the ball with increasing success. But Mac quickly countered that by putting 7 or 8 players in the box. Once they did that we needed to do a better job of exploiting what they were giving us. In that way it sort of reminded minded me of the 2nd half at Laurier last year, except the weather issues today raised a few more risks.
A few more quick thoughts:
- For a guy just back from injury, who has missed over a month of action and wasn’t in 100% game condition, Rob Farquharson had a nice debut for the season. He was named Porter Airlines Player of the Game [2 free tickets anywhere Porter flies] by Sportsnet 360. Farquharson rushed for 119 yards on 18 carries and a TD. He added 20 yards on 3 receptions.
- If I had to speculate on who may have been the team’s defensive player of the game the names of Jeff Finley and Taylor Palmer are the first to come to mind. As usual you can also throw John Rush‘s name into the discussion. Finley was a force up front. Sportsnet announcers were very impressed as he grew stronger as the game wore on. He recorded both of the Gryphon sacks among his 5 tackles & 1 assist. Palmer had two interceptions, 5 solo tackles & 1 assist. Rush led all Gryphon tacklers with 6 solo tackles & 3 assists. If I were to add a fourth name to consideration it would be Tristan Doughlin. He had the other INT, 4 tackles, 2 assists and made the pass breakup on Mac 2-pt convert attempt at the end.
- There are lots of options for a Special Forces Pl-o-G also. Certainly Cam Thorn deserves a shout out for stepping in at the last minute and handling all the long snapping duties. He was nearly flawless filling in for Daniel MacDonald. Once again Andrew Graham was a stud on coverage teams. Plenty of others – Cam Walker, James Ingram, etc.
- The O-Line looked good again. The same line-up that was used last week – LT Piotrowski, LG Thorn, C Nesbitt, RG Wilhelm & RT Fraser – went most of the way again today. Mac brought a lot of blitzers and the OLs did a solid job of picking it up. With help from the TB, FB and H-back of course. Matt Toppan was used in some situations as a blocking TE.
- Our young DBs were solid again. None of the starters today had started more than one game before this season. Marshall Ferguson is a good passer and we held him to his 2nd lowest passing yardage of the season . He had 322 in Mac’s loss to UWO, 375 against Ottawa and 461 vs Queen’s.
- Guelph has pretty much assured themselves of a home playoff game. Western’s struggles at Laurier today give me some renewed hope that Queen’s may be able to knock them off. If that were to happen then hosting the Yates Cup would remain within Guelph’s reach.
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The game story is up at gryphons.ca – Gryphons continue winning streak at Homecoming against Marauders. Highlights:
The Gryphon defence exploded onto the field at the start of the second half, making it very difficult for McMaster to gain any traction with their run-game, forcing numerous two-and-outs. A big interception by Taylor Palmer in the third quarter put Guelph on McMaster’s 9-yard line for a first and goal. After a 5 yard gain, Jazz Lindsey ran it in himself to put another touchdown on the board for the Gryphons, making it 17-13.
SportsEh!’s CIS Week 5 Analysis. Highlights:
Neither the weather nor the play of the Marauders could ruin Guelph’s homecoming celebration. In front of a raucous crowd at Alumni Stadium the Gryphons held on to win 24-22 against the defending Yates Cup champion Marauders by stopping a 2-point conversion with 17 seconds left in the game. It was a close game all day as Mac took a 13-10 lead into halftime. However, in the second half the Gryphons defense and run game took control. Ferguson threw 3 second half interceptions including 2 in the third quarter …
Complete game stats, box score, etc. on the CIS website.