More thoughts on the Q-Final victory

Defensive Player of the Game Curtis Newton Photo: Lou Toppan

Defensive Player of the Game Curtis Newton
Photo: Lou Toppan

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Offense – Rob Farquharson
Defense – Curtis Newton
Special Teams – Daniel Ferraro

Right off the bat, it is worth noting that Newton and Ferraro were also named the OUA Players of the Week in their respective categories. Read the OUA’s press release here. Newton, while just a sophomore, with 8 or 9 OUA starts, is now the most experienced player in the Gryphon linebacking corps. He showed maturity with a solid game, recording 5 solo tackles and an assist. He also made a huge play with an interception that he returned 58 yards for a touchdown to give the Gryphons a 14 – 0 lead in the 1st Q … on special teams, punter/kicker Ferraro had an outstanding game. As a kicker he was perfect on field goal attempts [2/2] and PATs [3/3]. He also delivered a perfect pooch kick recovered by Guelph on the Windsor 43. And his punting was instrumental in winning the Battle of Field Position all game punting 9 times for 340 yards [a 37.8 average] and 4 of those punts were perfectly placed near or on the sideline pinning Windsor on their 20, 16, 12 and 10 yard line … Farquharson earns his 4th Off Pl-o-G selection of the season. Amazingly he has only played in 5 games. He rushed 30 times for 133 yards against a Windsor D that was absolutely determined to stop the run. Farq scored a touchdown, his 5th of the season. He is second in the OUA in rushing yards per game with 104.8 yds/game.

Scout Team Player of the Week:  Jordyn Mittoo

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Here are video highlights from the game:

As I watch the highlights I still have to wonder about Jazz Lindsey’s lone interception [1:02 mark] which went for a pick-6. I can’t help but think a receiver ran a wrong route. I mean, Jazz threw to a specific spot without a huge amount of pressure on him but there was no receiver there. It doesn’t make sense apart from an incorrect route or read.

The Gryphons had a decisive advantage over the Lancers in special teams play. And not just with the punting and kicking of Daniel Ferraro. Gryphon returners – A’dre Fraser and Alex Charette – had a huge advantage over their Windsor counterparts. Fraser and Charette averaged 25 yds on KO returns – Windsor 2.6 yds. Likewise on punt returns Fraser and Charette averaged 10.4 yds and Windsor 3.9. That is credit to our coverage teams as well as our return units.

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Guelph remains ranked #5 in this week’s FRC CIS poll. No surprises here:

1. Western (8-0) 290 (20) 1
2. Laval (8-0) 278 (10) 2
3. Calgary (8-0) 235 3
4. Queen’s (7-1) 216 4
5. Guelph (7-1 / 1-0) 167 5
6. Bishop’s (6-2) 128 7
7. Montréal (5-3) 125 6
8. McMaster (5-3 / 1-0) 103 8
9. Manitoba (5-3) 66 9
10. Saskatchewan (5-3) 29 10

The scoreboard says it all! photo: Lou Toppan

The scoreboard says it all!
photo: Lou Toppan

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One Response to More thoughts on the Q-Final victory

  1. Birddawg says:

    If the Gryphons are going to prevail as Champions this year they will have to be much better than they were against Windsor. Lindsey cannot throw an interception to the opposition linebacker and have it result in a TD: and he can’t fumble on the 1 yard line. It is time for a complete game effort from our QB, and if he hasn’t practiced perfect by now , its “wait until next year”. Lead us to victory Jazz!

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