I decided not to try to make it to Guelph for the CFL-CIS doubleheader today. I’ll be hard-pressed just to make it to Guelph for the start of the Parents-of-Players tailgate at 5:30. I have been trying to watch both the Mac-Ottawa quarter-final [34-7 Mac in the 4th Q] and the Ticats-Alouettes clash [Cats about to win 27-24]. But the real time-consumer of my day has been my tailgate prep. Right now I’ve got the prized dish in the oven. If all goes well I will be in the car in 30 minutes.
It turns out the Ticats did win ensuring that a CFL playoff game will be played in Guelph’s Alumni Stadium. My one other observation from the TV games … I doubt there were more than 500 fans in the stands at Mac’s Ron Joyce Stadium to witness their win over the GeeGees. Surprising and disappointing for OUA football.
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Two stories on today’s game.
The Guelph Mercury focuses on a statistical comparisonin their article – Lancers come into Guelph with a chip on their shoulders:
The Lancers will be led by quarterback Austin Kennedy. He completed 139 of 232 pass attempts for 1,920 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was intercepted five times and sacked 38 times. Jazz Lindsey of the Gryphs completed 136 of 240 pass attempts for 1,805 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was intercepted 10 times and sacked 19 times.
Windsor’s Evan Pszczonak caught 42 passes for 646 yards and six touchdowns. For the Gryphs, Saxon Lindsey caught 44 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns while Alex Charette caught 36 passes for 468 yards and a touchdown.
On the ground, Mitch Dender had 75 carries for 522 yards and five touchdowns while Kennedy carried 80 times for 395 yards and four touchdowns and Gilbert Stewart had 68 carries for 312 yards and a touchdown. In four games, Rob Farquharson had 64 carries for 419 yards and five touchdowns for the Gryphs while Johnny Augustine had 59 carries for 393 yards and a touchdown for the Gryphs.
In the Windsor Star Mary Caton relates an interesting parallel:
It’s a scenario that’s eerily similar to two years ago.
In 2011, the Lancers lost a regular-season game to the Ottawa Gee-Gees 32-30 on a last-second field goal. In the post-season, they travelled to Ottawa and beat the Gee-Gees 50-33.
In 2013, the Lancers let one slip away in a 24-23 loss to the Gryphons on a last-ditch field goal. Now they’ve got another shot at playoff redemption.
“We thought we played a pretty good football game,” D’Amore said of the one-point loss in Guelph in early September. “In those kinds of games when the defence plays well and the offence does well, it stings. “
My opinion: Guelph wins. It is more likely to be lopsided than another 1 point game.