Team East came out on top 29-21 in the 13th annual East-West Bowl at McGill University. It was the fifth win in six years for the East but the West continues to lead the series 7-6. You will find stories on the game and links to stats at Gryphons.ca and CFL.ca.
Gryphon linebacker Curtis Newton was named Adidas Defensive Player of the Game for the West squad. His stats included 1 solo tackle, 6 assisted tackles and a knocked-down pass that appeared from some angles to be an interception. Newton also appeared to force a fumble that was credited to someone else in the official stats.
DT Donnie Egerter was part of a 3-man rotation on the inside and recorded a solo tackle. He was also in on several other plays. Tristan Doughlin was the third Gryphon on the West Defense. He played most of the game at the unfamiliar Boundary Half position. Doughlin made several tackles including a big play in front of the East bench.
Offensive tackle Kyle Fraser was the West starter at his familiar Right Tackle position in spite of speculation that CFL teams may have wanted to see him play inside. It still makes sense that his future opportunity in the CFL may be as a guard, or even centre. That is not an uncommon change. Jake Piotrowski made a similar transition from CIS tackle to CFL guard.
For Coach Adam Grandy it was his second opportunity to work with linebackers at the East-West Bowl. It was a first time experience for Coach Devin Kavanagh. Grandy told me he enjoyed the experience though it was a little different working in the new location and in a CFL stadium. This year’s E-W “Week” was also one day shorter than in previous years so the practices had to be more condensed.
One member of Grandy’s LB crew was Manitoba Bison’s MLB DJ Lalama. The Bisons head man, Brian Dobie, served as the West team’s HC. Both Dobie and Lalama made it clear that they are very much looking forward to hosting Guelph on August 22 for a pre-season game. The game will be played at the new Investors Group Field on the University of Manitoba campus. The Bisons share the stadium with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.