PLAYER OF THE GAME
Offense – Saxon Lindsey
Defense – Jordan Thompson
Special Teams – Alex Charette
One of the names I mentioned as an offensive standout in my first post-game piece was Saxon Lindsey. His nine catches for 98 yards and two TDs were a factor in his selection but coaches also noted that he “continues to be our best blocking receiver”. I wrote of Lindsey’s tenacious blocking even before he played a game in a Gryphon uniform … DE Thompson recorded four solo tackles and an assist, two of the tackles and the assist were on sacks of Warriors QBs. Thompson put pressure on the UW passers on numerous other occasions … In addition to being a starting receiver who caught 4 passes for 42 yards, Charette returned two punts for 15 yards and a kickoff for 29 yards. Charette had a game changing field goal return for a 125 yard touchdown. When Charette took the ball deep in the endzone I initially worried he wouldn’t even get the ball out to avoid a rouge. But Charette reversed his field, avoided a couple of tacklers and ran the full length of the field for a touchdown with 2 minutes remaining in the first half.
SCOUT TEAM Player of the Week – freshman WR Curtis D’Hollander
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One name I neglected to mention earlier when noting the “important players” who didn’t play Saturday was that of Daniel MacDonald. A long snapper and fullback, MacDonald hasn’t been 100% yet this season and missed his second consecutive game. Cam Thorn handled the long snapping duties until a finger in the eye (?) took him out of the game in the 4th Q. LB Cam Walker took over but didn’t have a lot of success in his first ever attempt at snapping duties.
I’d say more but his mother asked me not to quote her. While it may not have been an auspicious debut I would hope that Walker keeps working at the specialized craft as it could help his CFL draft status in 2015. The London STA product has shown a great ability to grow into different roles thus far in his Gryphon career, so why not this?
Walker wasn’t the only former STA Flame to do new things on Saturday. Freshman Jacob Scarfone who, since the injury to K Juliano Tropea, has dressed as a backup kicker got his first chance to kick in a CIS game. Scarfone handled two second half kick-offs and went into the game late in the 4th Q as punter. A low, bouncing snap gave him the opportunity to prove what I wrote in his recruit profile, namely that he was a CIS calibre athlete in addition to being a very good kicking prospect. Scarfone made the best of a bad situation scooping up a bouncing ball and taking it 38 yards for an apparent touchdown, unfortunately negated by a penalty. But it did give Guelph a first down at the Waterloo 20. While the need to have a backup kicker dressed for games may have originally gotten Scarfone into the lineup he has played extensively on coverage and return teams the past few weeks recording 2.5 tackles.
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Claude Scilley of the Kingston Whig-Standard and the sportkingston blog makes note of the significance of this Guelph win combined with Queen’s loss at Western Ontario –
All at once Saturday, the Queen’s Golden Gaels fell from battling for first place to a fight for third in the Ontario University Athletics football conference.
The Gaels entered their game at London undefeated in four games but they fell to the Western Mustangs, 50-31. At Waterloo, meanwhile, the Guelph Gryphons won for the fifth time without defeat, 41-19 over the Waterloo Warriors.
All things being equal between now and then, those outcomes set the stage for a showdown for second place — and a first-round playoff bye — when the Gryphons visit Kingston on the final day of the regular schedule, Oct. 19.
SportsEh’s quick analysis of the CIS’s week 6 games.