One thing for sure … it is nice to have a competitive game to look forward to for a second straight week. The 2-1 GeeGees are the #9 ranked team in the CIS. Guelph is #5. It could be a good one. For the third time in five weeks Guelph is playing in the OUA.tv Marquee Matchup of the Week.
Mind you, heading into last year’s match Ottawa was ranked #8 and Guelph #7, and we didn’t get a competitive game. In fact, on a rainy Saturday in Ottawa the Gryphons embarrassed the GeeGees 42-7. It was probably the worst performance of the season for the GeeGees.
I’m not sure what to expect in terms of a final score. I do think/hope that the Guelph defense will be able to put the GeeGees off their game. They have been averaging 45 points per game with their QB Derek Wendel #3 in the country in terms of passing yards per game. Wendel has a very impressive 11:1 TD to Interception ratio. But, as was the case with McMaster, those stats were accumulated against defenses much less stellar than Guelph’s. I don’t think I want to see this game turn into a shootout.
If there is one thing I’d really like to see from the Gryphons tomorrow it would be fewer penalties. That, and more consistent execution from the offense, would make the Gryphons a much better team.
A couple of interesting sidenotes: Former Gryphon Jed Tommy’s son, Mack Tommy, has been switched from RB to Sam LB and is having a good season at his new position. He has 5 tackles, a sack and fumble recovery to his credit. Another GeeGee name of note is that of Mitchell Baines. Yes, he is the brother of Gryphons Jarryd and Riley. He is also the second most productive receiver for the GeeGees this season. It will be nice to see parents Tim & Kelly-Anne Baines at their first Gryphon tailgate of 2015.
Game Previews & related links:
Gryphons.ca: Gryphons Host Gee-Gees in Top 10 Matchup
Despite the fact that two of the most prolific offences in Canada will faceoff, Gee-Gees head coach Jamie Barresi says it’s hard to predict what type of match fans can expect. “There’s all sorts of factors to a game. Sometimes the score gets out of hand for different reasons.” However, he does not expect this week’s game to be another shootout due to Guelph’s defensive prowess. “Their defence is just stellar. They’re really good,” said Barresi.
When these two squads met last season, the Gryphons mauled the Gee-Gees 42-7 on their way to a 7-1 regular season and a Yates Cup appearance.
Guelph, led by quarterback Jazz Lindsey (Markham, Ont.), ran over most of the league that season … Lindsey threw for 117 yards and three touchdowns against Ottawa, while adding 57 yards on the ground and another touchdown.
Guelph Mercury: Receiver Ingram enjoying final campaign with Gryphons
The series since 2007: It was rather one-sided to say the least from 2007 to 2011. The teams did not meet in 2012 or 2013.
2014 – 42 – 7 Guelph
2011 – 35 – 8 Ottawa
2010 – 54 – 11 Ottawa
2009 – 50 – 26 Ottawa
2008 – OUA quarter-final – 42 – 37 Ottawa
2007 – 31 – 23 Ottawa
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