Homecoming 2015 victory followup

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Offense –  James Roberts
Defense – John Rush
Special Teams – Gabriel Ferraro

Source: Gryphons.ca – Gryphon Football Players of the Game – Week 4

QB Roberts came up with a clutch performance at Homecoming despite tough conditions, finishing the day 16-of-28 for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Most importantly, Roberts took care of the ball and did not throw a single interception. I loved seeing Roberts take off with the ball and sprint to the corner of the End Zone for a four-yard touchdown run … Rush finished the game with 11.5 tackles (6 solo, 11 assisted) while also forcing a fumble and recording a pass break up. That performance continues a spectacular series of games for the 5th yr LB. Rush was also named the Gryphon Male Athlete of the Week …  Ferraro hit four field goals (27, 23, 37 and 35) despite windy and rainy conditions. The second year man had nine punts for 324 yards, giving him an average of 36.0 net yards per punt. His ability to pin Mac deep in their own end was a key component to the Gryphons success on both sides of the ball. Ferraro had three punts inside the Mac 20-yard line.

SCOUT TEAM PLAYER OF THE WEEK – RB Mason Swift

Mason turned a corner this week embracing his role as one of Mac’s elite players. He rarely came out of the offensive huddle and was asked to do a majority of the major blocking against our stellar defensive line. When he wasn’t taking on defensive ends he was asked to carry the ball and run multiple routes to give our defense the proper look

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The Gryphons retain their #5 national ranking in this week’s Top 10 poll.  I really don’t think there will be a lot of movement in the top half of the Top 10 over the next few weeks unless there are some fairly stunning upsets. Our next foe is the #9 ranked Ottawa U team who come to Alumni Stadium this Saturday.

FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#1)

Rank Team Points (1st Place) Last Week
1. Calgary (3-0) 292 (26) 1
2. Laval (3-0) 264 (2) 2
3. Western (4-0) 244 (2) 3
4. Montreal (2-1) 211 4
5. Guelph (4-0) 187 5
6. UBC (2-1) 123 10
7. McMaster (2-1) 112 6
8. Manitoba (1-2) 75 7
9. Ottawa (2-1) 42
10. Acadia (2-0) 32*

*Acadia edged Sherbrooke for 10th place based on number of higher place votes

Other teams receiving votes: Sherbrooke (32), Carleton (13), Mount Allison (5), Concordia (5), Alberta (4), Queen’s (2), StFX (2).

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The Gryphons and the Marauders swapped spots in the OUA.tv Week 5 FOOTBALL POWER RANKINGS. The Gryphons move up to #2 while the Marauders fall to #3. The Western Ontario Mustangs remain #1 in the Power Rankings.

After piling on the points in their first three outings, it was the defence that dominated in Week 4. DB Tristan Doughlin had two INTs for the Gryphons in the win.

The McMaster offence was completely flat against Guelph.  QB Asher Hastings was under constant pressure all day long while running lanes were nearly non-existent.

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A few other thoughts:

Derek Drouillard #33 Photo: Lou Toppan

Derek Drouillard #33
Photo: Lou Toppan

  • The Gryphons changed things up on defense this week. They used almost exclusively 3-4 personnel. We usually see much more 4-3. The prime beneficiary of that was 3rd year linebacker Derek Drouillard. He saw more action on defense than I ever recall before. As a fourth linebacker on the field most of the game, he lined up primarily on the line of scrimmage. He brought a lot of pressure at times but also made plays in coverage.
  • Thru 4 games the defense has not allowed any team to rush for 100 yards. Net rushing yards given up to date:

Waterloo – 93 yards
Laurier – 69 yards
York – 98 yards
McMaster – 75 yards

  • The Gryphon defense is among the top 1/3 of CIS in every defensive category measured by CIS stats.
  • By reputation James Roberts isn’t a dual threat QB. No one will mistake him for Jazz Lindsey or Justin Dunk. He brings a different skill set to the position. Thus it was nice to see him score on a 7-yd scamper, his third rushing TD of the season. I believe only one was a QB sneak. While he still may not be a major running threat this does give opposing DCs something to think about in the red zone. That is a good thing.
  • Lucas Spagnuolo was back in action after missing a couple of games. He picked up the holding duties that Laval transfer QB Alex Skinner had performed the previous two games. Spags also held for Gabriel Ferraro’s kicks in the Waterloo game. A third player whose identity I have forgotten did the holding in Manitoba. All three of these guys are essentially filling in for Mikey Carney who was lost for the year after injuring himself playing pickup basketball over the summer.

From Mike Hogan’s IN THE HUDDLE column:

There was a real playoff feel to Guelph’s 33-23 win over McMaster. A packed Alumni Stadium also got hit with a downpour, sending the Homecoming crowd scrambling for shelter. Much of the rain-soaked second quarter was played without the scoreboard functioning. Offensively the Gryphons were led by James Roberts, who threw for a pair of touchdowns, and Johnny Augustine, who rushed for 106 yards. The Gryphs’ defence did a great job on McMaster’s Wayne Moore, limiting him to 75 yards on 20 carries. They weren’t as successful slowing down Dan Petermann, who caught a dozen passes for 117 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter majors. Guelph led 32-9 before the pair of Petermann TDs. Guelph’s A’dre Fraser only had four catches, but two of them were for touchdowns.

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Something I missed before the game …

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