Ottawa game review – part 2

The Gryphons move up one spot in this week’s CIS TOP 10 poll to #6. The Ottawa GeeGees who were ranked #8 prior to this past week’s game dropped out. It’s hard to see the Gryphons moving much higher in the next few weeks even if we continue to win. Not that it matters but in my opinion it will take a surprising loss by one of Mac or Montreal for Guelph to move up. Read the full CIS release here.

FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#3)

Pts (1st place) Last week
1. Laval (2-0)   300 (30)  1
2. Calgary (2-0)  267  2
3. Western (2-0) 243   3
4. McMaster (3-0)  194  4
5. Montreal (1-1)  172  5
6. Guelph (2-1)   128  7
7. Saskatchewan (2-0) 127  6
8. Mt. Allison (2-0) 74  10
9. Manitoba (1-1)  61  NR
10. Concordia (2-0) 14  NR *

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Offense – Rob Farquharson
Defense – Nick Parisotto
Special Forces – Ryan Nieuwesteeg

Rob Farquharson escaping GeeGee tackler Photo: Lou Toppan

Rob Farquharson escaping GeeGee tackler
Photo: Lou Toppan

Parisotto had an impressive game in Ottawa on Saturday. Even more impressive when you consider he was a true freshman playing in his just his third OUA game – his second start. His solid play which included 2 INTs returned for 66 yards, 3 pass break ups and 4 solo tackles was enough to also earn the honour of being named OUA Defensive Player of the Week. Farquharson had another one of his solid, but almost routine, performances with 129 yards on 22 carries and 1 reception for 10 yards & a touchdown. Nieuwesteeg proved that his Week 2 performance was no fluke with another 202 return yards. A penalty denied him an additional 125 yards and a TD on a missed FG return. Read the gryphons.ca announcement here.

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Links for stories on the game:

University of Ottawa Sports Info – Gryphons Race Past Gee-Gees 42-7 in Top Ten Battle
Ottawa Sun – Ottawa Gee-Gees thumped at home
Guelph Mercury – Guelph Gryphons build on lead to clobber Ottawa

Links for stories on all of the OUA games:

sportkingston blog – Decisive wins define league’s great divide
Mike Hogan’s In the Huddle column – OUA In The Huddle – Week 4

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A big shout out to Christine Couture of the UofG’s Alumni Affairs office for organizing a pre-game breakfast for alumni and fans at the restaurant/pub in the Univ. of Ottawa’s Athletics Center. It’s always great to meet more UofG alumni. I had a chance to sit with Rachel DeCoste ’00 and Christopher Dufault ’82 at the breakfast. The location was a great choice as parking was easy to find and shuttle buses to the game were available right outside the door. Unfortunately, not as many as had purchased tickets showed up, no doubt due to the steady rain which started two hours before the game.

Some alumni and fans at the pre-game breakfast

Some alumni and fans at the pre-game breakfast

My apologies for this long overdue post. Expect to see some changes in the game review posts next week. To keep things simple I’ve been following a similar pattern the past couple of seasons in order to suit “other people”, from this point forward I will be posting my game reviews in a manner that suits my schedule. Hopefully that will make my posts more consistent.

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