In the discussion I’ve heard and read since Friday night’s game few people have taken much notice of the fact that Carleton introduced a new starter at QB. They seem to miss the fact that excellent QB play may have played a large part of the Ravens improved offensive output. Certainly it had to help Carleton, at least a little, that the Gryphons spent most of their time preparing to face QB Jesse Mills and not Nick Gorgichuk.
In his Ottawa Sun story – Carleton Ravens make strides in football loss – Tim Baines makes note of the improved quarterback play.
… after Guelph had taken a 10-3 lead, the Ravens fought back … again. Nick Gorgichuk, getting the start at QB and looking very sharp, fired a 49-yard touchdown strike to Dexter Brown.
… Carleton struggled on special teams much of the night, an area of their game that needs plenty of improvement. But the Ravens coaching staff had to be thrilled with Gorgichuk, who was slinging it effectively all night. They probably weren’t so thrilled to see their kicker, Banerjee, get his bell rung on a fake punt midway through the fourth quarter.
Another notable comment from the Sun article …
The Gryphons did what undefeated teams do — capitalize on mistakes and make big plays, including a 66-yard punt return by linebacker Andrew Graham. The Ravens tried to claw back, but were stopped three times after advancing to the Guelph one midway through the third quarter. A bad snap later, the Ravens had a safety.
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The game story from the Carleton Athletic Dept – http://www.goravens.ca/news/2013/10/ravens-rumble-gryphons/
The Guelph Mercury take: Gryphs clout Carleton for 14th consecutive win. Some highlights:
The Guelph Gryphons limited the Carleton Ravens to a safety after the opening minute of the second quarter as they claimed a 48-12 victory in OUA football play Friday night.
… The win was the 14th consecutive victory in league play for the Gryphs.
… Rob Farquharson scored touchdowns on runs of 16 and 23 yards while Andrew Graham (66-yard punt return), Jazz Lindsey (one-yard run), Dillon Dimitroff (32-yard pass from Luke Nangle) and Saxon Lindsey (14-yard pass from Nangle) scored one touchdown apiece. Daniel Ferraro kicked field goals of 24 and 35 yards and also kicked six converts.
And a brief game summary from Sportsnet.ca’s CIS Roundup:
At Ottawa, running back Robert Farquharson ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 4 Guelph (7-0) past Carleton (0-7). Jazz Lindsey, Saxon Lindsey, and Dillon Dimitrov also scored TDs for the Gryphons.
Most of the Sportsnet.ca article focuses on our next opponent, the Queen’s Golden Gaels – http://www.sportsnet.ca/cis/mcphee-leads-queens-in-rout-of-waterloo/
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For what it’s worth I took a look at the stats of both Ravens’ QBs. Jesse Mills started the first six Ravens’ games and accumulated this stat line:
Mills 55% – 1094 yards – 5 TDs – 4 INTs
Nick Gorgichuk saw limited action in the 4 of 6 games before Friday night. Essentially “mop-up action” in blow-out games, probably working primarily with the second string. These were his stats:
Gorgichuk 46.2% – 276 yards – 0 TD – 5 INTs
In his start vs Guelph he had a very different looking line:
Gorgichuk 60.5% – 288 yards – 1 TD – 2 INTs
It will be interesting to see how Gorgichuk plays in the final game vs McMaster. I can’t imagine that Ravens’ coaches won’t give him the start. BTW Gorgichuk was a 73.3% passer in the 2013 OVFL season as he led Myers Riders to the championship. He was named the Wettges Div All Star team QB. [Guelph commit James Roberts was the Adams Div All Star QB]