Game 5 preview: Waterloo Warriors

Warrior Field logoThe Waterloo Warriors are in their third year back after the program was suspended for a season. You can find their 2013 CIS profile here. The Warriors are 1-3 so far in 2013 after going 2-6 in 2012. They have scored 100 points while giving up 171 points. UW’s lone victory came in a 47-8 win over the fledgling Carleton Ravens, though they played a very competitive game with the other team from the nation’s capital, a 44-32 loss to the uO GeeGees.  One thing not to ignore is that the Warriors are coming of a bye week giving them two weeks to prepare for this game. UofT’s incredible upset of uOttawa in 2010 came under those same circumstances.

Their offense features several key players who are former Gryphons. Their top two QBs are both former scout team players at Guelph – Brian Chris and Jamie Cook. Cook has completed 64 of 121 passes for 721 yards. Chris is 16 of 32 for 205 yards. Waterloo’s top receiving target is former Gryphon Nick Anapolsky. He has 32 receptions for 312 yards. Analpolsky was an OUA All Star in 2012.

Previous five meetings: Guelph is 5-0 versus the Warriors since 2007. Not many of the games were even close. [I’m not certain when UW last defeated Guelph but I’m guessing perhaps one of Tuffy Knight’s teams of the late 1990s.]

2012 – 47-17 Guelph
2011 – 65-13 Guelph
2010 – Did not play
2009 – 34-24 Guelph
2008 – 37 -22 Guelph
2007 – 41-8 Guelph

My Thoughts: Last year these teams met in the first game on the new turf at Alumni Stadium. This year the game be at Waterloo’s Warrior Field which, by the way, probably has the second best playing surface in the OUA. Like last season this should be an opportunity for the Gryphons to play their full roster and for youngsters to gain some experience.

I am looking for the Gryphons to have a good day. I don’t think the game will be close or particularly competitive. I hope that we’ll see the offense make more progress, led in particular by the offensive line. The O-Line has been pretty good the past two weeks after some real struggles against Laurier and Windsor. I look for the Gryphons to rush for 200+ yards for just the second time this season. [218 vs WLU is the high. I hope to see 250 tomorrow] I’d be happy if Farquharson could pick up 100 yards early in the game and get rested after that. That would allow freshmen TBs Dobush and Augustine to get more valuable reps. They are quite capable of carrying the load against the Warriors.

I have no particular worries about the defense in this game. If the starters give up even 10 points I’ll be shocked. Hopefully some younger players will get lots of reps and no one will be injured. If anything on special teams, I’d like to see our coverage teams not give up any big plays.

Other media coverage: Everyone is picking the Gryphons. See SportsEh’s CIS Pick Ems – Week 6. The Merc has two recent articles – Unbeaten Gryphs ramble into Waterloo and Gryph’s Thompson comes flying off the bench. If you are just going to read one of the articles the second one on DE Jordan Thompson is the more informative one IMO.

Broadcast: A webcast is available from UW Athletics via stretchinternet.com#. Live stats are available here.

Footnote: Guelph has two coaches who once wore the black & gold of UW. OL Coach Mike MacDonald was a team captain for the Warriors “back in the day”. Scout Team & Tight Ends Coach Alex Derma was a Warrior wide receiver.

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