Mid-week thoughts – Oct 31/13

LB Curtis Newton #15 vs Windsor

LB Curtis Newton #15 vs Windsor

Congratulations to sophomore Curtis Newton on his selection as the CIS national Defensive Player of the Week. Newton joins Daniel Ferraro as the second Gryphon to win such an honour this season. Ferraro was the CIS Special Teams Pl-of-Wk back in Week #2.

From the CIS press release:

Newton, a second-year arts major from London, Ont., took home the weekly honour on defence after he helped the No. 5 Gryphons to a 31-21 OUA quarter-final victory over visiting Windsor, on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore, who finished the contest with 5.5 tackles, returned an interception on 58 yards for a touchdown seven minutes into the game to give his troops an early 14-0 advantage they would not relinquish.

Newton was primarily a special teams player as a freshman. This season he has been the starting Will LB. In eight regular season games Newton recorded 32 solo tackles and 20 assists, plus 3 sacks for 18 yards, a fumble recovery and an interception.

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Kitchener’s CTV sports reporter Darren Stevenson [@DarrenStevenson] shares some good news for Gryphon fans via twitter:

Gryphons wide receiver Dillon Dimitroff has recovered from hamstring injury and he will play this weekend in semi final vs Queens.

Speaking of twitter, are you following @GryphonsLair? Former Gryphon, and current Guelph police officer, Doug Pflug keeps fans informed through the @GryphonsLair twitter account and the University of Guelph – Gryphon Football Facebook page. And it’s nice to know that even 25 years after he wrote about and photographed Gryphon Football for The Ontarion, David Akin is watching and tweeting about Univ. of Guelph football. Akin is better known these days as the National Bureau Chief for Sun News and appears regularly both in print and on television. Check out his twitter account @davidakin on game day for updates.

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At Sportnet.ca Justin Dunk looks at the remaining teams in the CIS playoffs and answers the question …  is there a team left in the field that has a magic run in them? And he looks at what each team needs to do in order to reach the pinnacle of Canadian university football and claim the [Vanier] Cup. Dunk, a former Gryphon QB, places the onus on the current Gryphon QB:

All season long people questioned whether Guelph’s record was legitimate, pointing to an easy schedule. The Gryphons’ path to a Vanier would be anything but soft, but the team has the talent on the defensive side of the ball to make it happen. It’s QB Jazz Lindsey—and the rest of the Guelph offence, for that matter—who needs to show the star power that we’ve seen just glimpses of in his three-year career.

Read the full story here.

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Mike HoganIn his In the Huddle column, Mike Hogan looks at both of the OUA semi-final matchups –  And then there were four. Among his thoughts on the Guelph-Queen’s game:

It will be impossible to watch this game without thinking about last year’s incredible Guelph comeback win over the Gaels, one of the most dramatic finishes in CIS history. Queen’s had a 36-14 lead with under 11 minutes left. All they needed to do was control the ball, control the clock, and not give up any big plays and they’d be off to the 105th Yates Cup.

It didn’t quite work out that way.

Jake Reinhart recovered a blocked punt and returned it 14 yards for a TD, 36-21. Jazz Lindsey ran 80 yards for a TD, 36-28. With less than a minute left, Luke Nangle hit Saxon Lindsey for a TD and Guelph tied it when Carl Trivieri caught a pass for a two-point conversion, 36-36.

After Dillon Wamsley hit a FG in the first round of the shootout, Jazz Lindsey hit Michael Fortino for a 35-yard TD and the Gryphons had completed the incredible comeback.

Try getting that game out of your head.

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One Response to Mid-week thoughts – Oct 31/13

  1. Bob from Burlington says:

    Gryphons fortunate to be playing this upcoming semi-final as they nearly laid an egg against Windsor last Saturday. Windsor allowed to “hang on” and blocked FG by Guelph, unsportsmanlike conduct against Windsor after a second down incomplete by Guelph helped in this regard. Guelph did come up big stopping Windsor from deep in their zone to help seal the 10 point victory in the last few minutes and kudos to Guelph D for stepping up. If you limit another team to less than 25 points in OUA playoffs you have a decent chance to win. Peter you were quite correct in stating that Gryphons did not quite play a “complete game” against Windsor. They should be much better against Queen’s!

    If Gaels flat or turnovers helpful to Guelph- this game will be close to the last 5 minutes at Richardson tomorrow. I doubt Gryphons will play like they did against Windsor(Guelph had isolated parts of game that were brilliant) or this game is done by second quarter- in favour of Queen’s. I do expect Guelph offense to play better than last time against Queen’s and I do expect points scored by Gryphons more spread across 4 quarters.

    My guess is that Gryphons play well, Gaels play just average, turnovers equal, and we have a dandy game that is not terribly high scoring. If Guelph keeps Queen’s to less than 25 points- Gryphons take this game- above 25 points for Queen’s and I take Gaels to win.

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