Game 3 preview: Guelph @ York Lions

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From the Guelph Mercury – Gryphons prepare for York by focusing on themselves.

“We just have to learn to play to our abilities, not who we’re playing,” Gryphons’ head coach Stu Lang said Thursday night following the team’s practice at Alumni Stadium. “That’s a lesson we need to learn as the mature team we are.”

“Teams in their growth progress through different phases. In the beginning, we were a team learning how to win and to win the close ones. Now we’re a team that theoretically (can) win all the games that we play, but we can’t be overconfident. We have to continue to play each game to the best of our abilities and that’s a lesson we need to learn.

“Sometimes we’re not as focused or not as committed as we should be and maybe giving less than 100 per cent. Football is a game where anything can happen and you have to give 100 per cent for four quarters,” Lang said.

My Take: I look for the Gryphons “to play to their abilities” against the Lions. That could mean a game very much like the season opener in Waterloo though I think the weather may mitigate that unless the rain stops and the sun comes out to dry the field. The 0-2 Lions were hammered in London by Western last week. They are a young and re-building team that doesn’t have the depth or experience to really challenge the Gryphons.

What I’d like to see is a full game effort where the Gryphons don’t take their foot off the pedal or lose momentum when they begin substituting. Even if it is still raining that should mean 50+ points scored with two or fewer scores given up. This would be a great opportunity for the offense to work on the running game.

I recall A’dre Fraser had a breakout game at York his freshman season. Let’s hope he tops that today.

The series since 2007: Rather one-sided to say the least. The teams did not meet in 2014.

2013 – 33 – 7  Guelph
2012 – 39 – 18  Guelph
2011 –  51 – 2  Guelph
2010 –  26 – 2  Guelph
2009 –  66 – 8  Guelph
2008 –  48-2  Guelph
2007 –  47-7  Guelph

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Iain Hutchison takes away York's last hope Photo: Rashaad Bamshee

Iain Hutchison takes away York’s last hope
Photo: Rashaad Bamshee

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