The Guelph Mercury’s game story – Gryphons win streak reaches 13 –
Under the lights Friday night in their final regular season home game, the Gryphs clinched a home game in the playoffs with their 13th consecutive league win as they controlled the York Lions 33-7.
… The win lifts the Gryphs to 6-0 and guarantees them a finish in the top four, which means a home game in either the quarter-finals or the semifinals.
And the Mercury article also let the OUA football world know why super Mac LB John Rush hadn’t played the past two games …
That [goal-line] stand will likely never be forgotten by Andrew Graham who made his first start at middle linebacker in place of the injured John Rush who was hurt last week during practice and is to miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
… While Graham has a hard-hitting style like Rush, he doesn’t consider himself Rush’s replacement.
“Very few people in this country can play the position the way John does,” he said. “When someone like that goes down, it’s definitely tough. Somebody has to step up and whoever does step up, they’re not going to be John Rush. They’re going to have to play their own game because not many can play like John does. You just have to go in, do your thing and come together as a unit.”
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The game story from Yorkulions.ca website – LIONS FALL TO NO. 4 GRYPHONS
The Gryphons took control of the game early, kicking a field goal on their opening drive and adding a touchdown pass, to Saxon Lindsey (Markham, Ont.), to make the score 10-0 less than eight minutes into the contest. The Lions defence started to push back after that and, other than a rouge scored after a missed field goal, held the Gryphons off the scoreboard until there was just 2:59 left in the first half, when Luke Nangle (London, Ont.) punched it into the end zone from one yard out.
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Gryphons.ca game story – Gryphons remain undefeated with 33-7 win over York under the lights of Alumni Stadium. [There are a couple of notable errors in the article – crediting Dillon Dimitroff’s 92-yd catch-and-run to Carl Trivieri & crediting DB Ryan Nieuwesteeg with a catch made by James Ingram.]
The defensive players made an impact on the game successfully stopping the Lions on six consecutive touchdown attempts inside of the 5-yard line. Mackenzie Myers led the defense with six unassisted tackles and two assisted tackles. Ian Marouf and Taylor Palmer were close behind with five unassisted and two assisted tackles each.
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From the sportkingston blog – Western, Guelph stay undefeated in OUA football play/
Friday night at Guelph, the Gryphons led 20-0 before the Lions finally scored in the game’s 47th minute. York was held to the solitary score despite gaining 383 total yards.
Rob Farquharson carried 20 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns for Guelph. Gryphons quarterback Jazz Lindsey was 17-for-30 for 296 yards, including a 92-yard pass to Dillon Dimitroff that didn’t end up in the end zone.
Guelph’s offensive line allowed neither a sack nor a tackle for loss, while the Gryphons made nine plays in the York backfield, two sacks and seven tackles for loss.