More thoughts on the Queen’s game

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Offense – Carl Trivieri
Defense – Cam Walker
Special Teams – Jacob Scarfone

#52 Cam Walker  Photo: Jeff Chan

#52 Cam Walker
Photo: Jeff Chan

The selection of Trivieri as Offensive P-o-G was a no-brainer. Clearly the bright spot on an offense that had a mediocre day. Trivieri had 136 yards on 6 receptions and scored a TD. His 55 yard catch-and-run set-up another TD … DE Walker accumulated 7 solo tackles including a sack and another tackle for loss. The hard rushing Walker and his D-line mates forced the Queen’s OLs to take multiple holding penalties as they attempted to slow them down … Guelph’s special team’s units had some good and bad moments in Saturday’s game. The highlight was undoubtedly Scarfone’s catch in the air of a 25 yard pooched kick-off. His recovery of that on-side kick set-up Guelph’s second TD of the 2nd Q. Scarfone had a strong day on both the kick-off and punt coverage units.

Scout Team Player of the Week – Keaton Spratt

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What is the impact of this week’s loss on Guelph’s national ranking?

We won’t see the official rankings until tomorrow but one voter has already shared his top 10. Donnovan Bennett, a sportscaster and former CIS player, has revealed his ballot on Sportsnet.ca. His top 3 remain unchanged – Western, Laval, Calgary – and he simply reversed #4 Guelph with #5 Queen’s. SportsEh did exactly the same thing in their Top 27 Power Rankings. I can’t imagine the final poll of the 2013 season looks to much different from that.

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There are lots of links related to the Queen’s game.

First off the quick highlights from Sportsnet: http://www.sportsnet.ca/cis/cis-que-37-gue-23/

The Guelph Mercury: Gryphons disappointed to end regular season at 7-1.

Despite the loss, the Gryphs are the winningest team in the league’s regular season the last two years as they posted their second consecutive 7-1 season, something they did for the very first time last year. Queen’s, McMaster Marauders and Western Mustangs have all won 13 games in the last two regular seasons.

… Against the Gaels, the Gryphon offence sputtered in the second half and failed to get its ground attack going at all in the game. The defence was tough but was on the field too long. While Queen’s had the ball six minutes longer than Guelph, the Gryphs just didn’t put together any long, time-eating drives that would allow the defence to get a good rest. They had 15 possessions where they had the ball for less than a minute and a half.

From the sportkingston blog: http://www.thewhig.com/2013/10/19/gaels-lock-up-bye-to-semis

Guelph coach Stu Lang corrected a reporter who asked why his team wasn’t able to sustain the momentum of the two quick scores.

“I’m not sure we ever had the momentum,” he said. “We scored some points but we never put anything together. Our points were off big plays, special teams, turnovers … but we never really put together a full drive to give our defence some rest and control the ball and score some points.”

The Kingston Whig-Standard: Gaels exorcise Gryphons

“Our running game struggled,” said Lang, the Queen’s hall-of-famer under whose direction the resurgent Gryphons program went from a dismal 2-6 in 2011 to 7-1 last year and again this season. “We faced far too many second-and-long situations instead of second-and five, second-and four, and (Gaels defensive co-ordinator) Pat Tracey threw in a couple of wrinkles that surprised us.

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