PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Offense – James Roberts
Defense – John Rush
Special Teams – Gabriel Ferraro
Source article at Gryphons.ca – Roberts, Rush & Ferraro Named Gryphon Football Players of the Game for Week 5
The names should sound familiar. Roberts, Rush and Ferraro are the same three who won these awards last week. This is the first time I remember that happening. And it’s not like they don’t deserve the back-to-back nods. There were others who had strong games, so the coaches had options if these young men hadn’t been deserving. On offense, Augustine, Scarfone and Ingram all had excellent games but Roberts performance was the best of his career. On defense, Curtis Newton, Tristan Doughlin and Royce Metchie had strong games. Ferraro had an excellent day punting in spite of a 34.0 average as he placed 6 of 9 punts inside the GeeGees 20-yd line. He was perfect on 2 FGs & 6 converts.
SCOUT TEAM PLAYER OF THE WEEK – MARCUS VOLPE (DB)
“Marcus had a phenomenal week preparing our offense for the game vs Ottawa. I saw a lot more drive out of him this week compared to others. He was the first player up and down the hill when running our penalty runs and he was making defensive calls for what we consider a very unorthodox defense. Hard work like this from Marcus will continue to make our offense better week to week.” ~ Scout Team Coordinator Alex Derma
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Ottawa game highlights:
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FRC-CIS Top 10 – September 29, 2015
Rank – School – Record – Pts (1st place) – Last week
1. Calgary (4-0) 295 (28) 1
2. Laval (4-0) 260 (1) 2
3. Western (5-0) 244 (1) 3
4. Montreal (3-1) 208 4
5. Guelph (5-0) 190 5
6. Manitoba (2-2) 114 8
7. McMaster (3-1) 113 7
8. Saskatchewan (2-2) 82 NR
9. Sherbrooke (2-2) 69 NR
10. UBC (2-2) 46 6
Other teams receiving votes: Ottawa (17), Acadia (8), Queen’s (5), Concordia (1).
The top 5 all remained the same. The #5 Gryphons narrowed the gap between themselves and #4 Montreal. They are separated by 18 points this week. It was 24 points last week. Some of that has to be due to the convincing way they handled previously #9 ranked Ottawa. That certainly had an impact on voter Donnovan Bennett …
5. Guelph (LW: 5)
The most impressive win of the weekend was Guelph demolishing previously top-10 ranked Ottawa so badly that I’ve removed the Gee-Gees from my ballot. Scoring on their first three possessions, the Gryphons were able to put it in cruise control on the way to a 22-point victory. Guelph has now navigated the toughest part of their schedule and shouldn’t be tested again until the post-season.
You can find Bennett’s ballot and rationale here.
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Some final thoughts on the win over Ottawa:
- We saw the Gryphons defense in a 3-4 the vast majority of the time. With just 3 DLs on the field at once, you can keep your troops fresher. I remember thinking Guelph had used eight D-Linemen but I can only remember 7 names – Horta, Egerter, Mallough, Halfday, Drouillard, Thompson, McNeely. Drouillard lined up as a stand-up D-End throughout the game and not as a LB. The Gryphon linebacking corps for most of the game was Rush, Newton, Graham and Royce Metchie.
- The youngest two O-Linemen dressed – Andrew Pickett & Jaylen Guthrie – took a lot of snaps. Pickett saw action at LG, RG and on short-yardage defense. Guthrie took lots of snaps at RT and LT.
- With the 48-26 win Saturday the Gryphons extend their OUA regular season win streak to 12. The all-time Guelph record is 14 games, set over the 2012 & 2013 seasons. If they take care of business, the Gryphons could break that record against Carleton on Oct 25 in Ottawa.
- Saturday’s victory also extended the Gryphons home winning streak to 18 games. That is the longest current streak in the CIS.
- I published my game preview without verifying one of the scores in the Series History. I meant to do it but, well … it slipped my mind. I’ve replaced score? with 42-37 Ottawa for the 2008 playoff game. I recall that game very well. It was the Davie Mason Show that day. A lightly used but athletic 240-pound RB, Mason had a career game for the Gee-Gees. With 327 yards rushing & 3 TDs on 31 carries, he was the difference in a 5-point game. The GeeGees went on to upset an 8-0 Queen’s team in the semi-final the following week.
- I’ve re-watched most of the game via OUA.tv’s On Demand feature. I’m really impressed how much the Guelph broadcast’s have improved from Year 1. Colour man Shawn Moynihan told me at the pre-game tailgate that a lot of money was spent to upgrade the quality of the camera’s, and it shows. It’s great that GryphVision is also making the games available on local Rogers Cable Channel 20. Now if only Stretch Internet could find a way to stop the online feed from freezing we’d be all good.
- I talked with Steve & Susan Stewart at the pre-game tailgate and ran into them again after the game. They had made the trip from London to watch the Gryphons play for a second consecutive week. Stewart was the 1969 Ted Wildman Trophy Winner. A running back, he was a member of the 1970 Gryphon team that came up a few points short [23-21?] of beating Ottawa and earning a berth in the Vanier Cup semi-final. Many members of that Dick Brown-coached team had turned out at the Homecoming Alumni Dinner that honoured Coach Brown the week before. Memories of letting a 19-point lead slip away still haunt them, even though they were a big-time underdog in the game. Stewart appreciated seeing the Gryphons beat the Gee-Gees as much as anyone.
- Not too far away from the POP tailgate was a group of alumni enjoying some tailgating of their own. I happily joined them for 20-30 minutes after the POP group wrapped up their event. For the fifth year in a row Dan Crabbe had organized a Chili Cookoff. I only managed to sample two of the entries. Having to leave several other chilis un-tasted only reinforced for me the fact I really shouldn’t eat breakfast the day of a Gryphon tailgate. So much food, so little time. [a slobbering Homer Simpson pic belongs here lol]