PLAYERS OF THE GAME
OFFENSE – Jazz Lindsey – QB – Villanova College. Markham ON
DEFENSE – Cam Walker – DE – St Thomas Aquinas, London ON
SPECIALS – Daniel Ferraro – P/K – St Marcellinus, Mississauga ON
This same trio who were named Gryphon Football Players of the Week have also swept OUA Football Players of the Week honours. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Jazz also wins the CIS Offensive Player of the Week honours. Laval’s freshman QB also had a great game with similar stats but he did it in a 61-point blowout, not a top 10 battle.
Lindsey had a career day breaking Justin Dunk’s single game passing record with 514 yards and the record for passing attempts with 53. He showed a ton of poise throughout the game. He marched the team into FG position with only seconds left on the clock at the end of both halves. He had no time-outs to work with on the game-winning drive. Walker, the lone returning starter on the d-line was a stud – 8 solo tackles including 1 for a loss. Western threw everything at him blocking-wise and he still consistently held the edge preventing the UWO run game from getting outside. Ferraro is flat out having a great season. I doubt there was a Guelph fan watching who doubted he would hit the winner.
Scout Team Player of the Week – Quincy Reid – SB – Waterdown DHS, Waterdown ON
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♦ The win extends Guelph’s home unbeaten streak to 14 games. The Gryphons have not lost at Alumni Stadium since the new turf was installed in 2012. That is three undefeated regular seasons and two playoff wins. It now includes five wins over top OUA teams – Western (x2), Queen’s (x2) and McMaster.
♦ A special shout out to Mikey Carney – 9 of 10 times when the spotter has to jump to his feet to catch a high snap that kick is not going to make it through the uprights. On the game winning FG attempt Carney was incredibly smooth getting that ball down and in place, and Ferraro put it through from 41 yards away without even being able to put his full leg into it.
♦ The Gryphons were using two freshmen long snappers in the game. Redshirt freshman Alan Florez, a FB/LB out of St Francis in St Kitts, snapped on punts and true freshman OL Andrew Pickett of Kitchener Resurrection handled the field goals and converts. Both were solid other than one miscue apiece in the 4th Q. In a worst case scenario, either of those miscues could have cost us the game and only illustrate how valuable the reliable long snapping of Daniel MacDonald is to the team. It is nice to never have to worry about those snaps. MacDonald will play in the playoffs and maybe even the Laurier game this week.
♦ RB Johnny Augustine missed Saturday’s game [hurt ankle vs Carleton] but was very close to being ready. I’m sure he will be 100% for WLU. In his place Rob Carnegie was back in the lineup. I would guess coaches wanted to have him available against an opponent like Western because he knows his assignments well and is very capable as a blocker.
♦ OL Steve Mburanumwe saw the most action of his career in the game. I believe he played from beginning to end at the left tackle position. The regular starter at LT, Matt Toppan lined up at TE and flipped from side to side much as he did in 2013. I see that as an adjustment made by coaches to cope with Western’s outstanding defensive front and not something we’ll see regularly. I warned most of the people I was watching the game with to look for Toppan to catch a pass but was still caught by surprise when it happened right in front of me with 1:16 left in the game.
♦ On the defensive side of the ball Sam LB Mac Myers and DL Blake McNeely didn’t dress for injury reasons. I never heard what Myers’ issue was but McNeely hurt his foot against Carleton. Andrew Graham picked up most of the additional snaps at linebacker even though he plays a different role than Myers. Graham is a bigger and more physical LB who added size to the defensive front while offering a little less in pass coverage. Mike Halfday dressed as a back-up DT and got into the game after Donnie Egerter went down. Halfday, a London native, went all out in what I think was only his second opportunity. Egerter appeared to suffer a knee injury but judging by the way he walked when he returned to the bench in street clothes it didn’t look like it would be of the serious variety. I imagine he’ll be rested for the Laurier game.
♦ Speaking of injuries, I ran into injured DE Ben Osmow at Saturday’s game. Osmow, you may recall, is out for the season with a knee injury. He had surgery in September and has recently begun the rehab process with Gryphon Football’s new Athletic Therapist Theresa Hussey-Budwal.
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The Gryphons win over Western has boosted their stock in the FRC-CIS Top 10. Guelph jumps two positions to #4 where they are now tied with the UdeMontreal.
Pts (1st place) Last week
1. Laval (6-0) 300 (30) 1
2. Calgary (5-1) 267 2
3. McMaster (7-0) 242 3
T4. Montreal (5-1) 193 5
T4. Guelph (6-1) 193 6
6. Western (5-2) 135 4
7. Mt. Allison (7-0) 126 7
8. Concordia (4-2) 78 9
9. Manitoba (3-3) 48 NR
10. Saskatchewan (4-2 34 8
Other teams receiving votes: Sherbrooke (33), Windsor (4).
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From the OUA.ca – OUA Announces 2014 Football Playoff Scenarios
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