It’s hard to believe how different the weather was from five days ago. On Monday we were melting at Alumni Stadium. Today we were chilly at wind-blown York Stadium. Fortunately, rain was not a factor in the game.
With the wind at their backs the Gryphons jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the 1st Q. That was probably the high point of the game. Not to say that the Gryphons didn’t make some notable mistakes in the 1st Q but outstanding field position and some equally bad mistakes by York allowed Guelph to jump ahead early.
It was really Gryphon miscues that held Guelph back after that. Among them … 12 penalties for 195 yards … five interceptions … a 115-yard INT return of a missed FG for a York TD. Does anyone even remember the last time Guelph gave up a special teams touchdown? I don’t. There are some bright spots in the Stats and Box Score.
At least two of the five interceptions were not the fault of QB James Roberts. He put the ball on the money and his receiver turned them into INTs. I don’t mean to be a hard-ass but I would have benched the player involved. I just expect more from a starter and if you’re not getting it, I’d be putting one of our younger players into the game.
Given the score and the circumstances of the game I was surprised, and a little disappointed, we didn’t see more of backup QB Alex Skinner. He didn’t enter the game until there were less than 4 minutes remaining. I was expecting him in the game at a point similar to the Waterloo game – i.e. mid 3rd Q. Skinner didn’t let the late start deter him. He tossed a 55-yard TD pass to Jacob Scarfone on his fourth play of the game.
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Gryphons.ca: Gryphons Improve to 3-0 with Road Win Over York
It wasn’t pretty. But the No. 5-ranked Gryphons are now 3-0 on the season. On Saturday at York University, the Gryphons football team won 49-22 over the York Lions (0-3). Running back Johnny Augustine had three touchdowns on 186 total yards (88 rushing, 98 receiving) as the Gryphons used a big first quarter to pick up their second road win of the season.
York Lions Sports Info: NO. 5 GRYPHONS TAKE DOWN LIONS IN HOMECOMING 2015 – includes post-game interview with Lions HC Warren Craney.
Guelph Mercury: Guelph Gryphons clout York but lose focus in victory
“We know what we did wrong,” Gryphon quarterback James Roberts said. “We’re pretty upset with our performance on offence.”
“We’ve got to execute,” receiver A’Dre Fraser said. “There were a lot of mistakes that happened out there on the field and we can’t have that against a good team like McMaster.”
“The score doesn’t reflect what happened in the game and a couple of us are upset about that, but a win’s a win,” linebacker John Rush said. “We’ve just got to get back into the film, correct our mistakes and keep moving forward.”
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Some thoughts regarding the Lions:
- York’s vaunted Alberta recruits of 2015 seem to be everything that was expected. All four – Jakob Butler, Jacob Janke, Colton Hunchak and Brett Hunchak – are already big contributors for the Lions.
- York received solid QB play from Eric Kimmerly and Brett Hunchak. Freshman RB Jesse Amankwaa looks like a stud who has a solid future in the OUA.
- For a Homecoming Game it really didn’t seem like a Homecoming Game. The attendance of 1,726 was probably the largest I’ve seen at a York U game but there didn’t seem to be many alumni coming back. I’m guessing Homecoming is a recent tradition at York.
- Driving by the PanAm Stadium on the way into and out of the York campus I was a little disappointed. Based on what I’d seen during the construction phase and on the look of the stadium with the temporary seating, it looked a lot smaller than I expected after it was stripped of the temporary seating. Still, if it is eventually converted for football use, it will be a major upgrade over what the school currently has.