Game 6 preview: Guelph @ Queen’s

Queen's logoSaturday will be the final game that the Gryphons play on the grass field at this outdated version of Richardson Stadium. I will make the trip to Kingston for the game. I actually liked the quaint, old, weathered wooden, tri-colour seating of the stadium. That’s much preferable to aluminum bleachers IMO. It will be nice to see OUA football add another modern stadium to its portfolio.

This game is one of two Queen’s Homecomings. I’d suggest you go online to buy tickets if you plan on attending. There is always the possibility the game could sell out. We were able to purchase tickets tonight without a problem. Better safe than sorry.

My Take:

I’m not at all surprised that Queen’s is 3-2 and even getting a few votes for the Top 10. This team is in the second year of a rebuild and is on it’s way back up. I’ve said since the preseason that I expected Queen’s to be a playoff team. [In fact, the entire OUA is unfolding pretty much as I expected. With Western and Guelph undefeated, followed by Mac, Ottawa, Queen’s, and with Carleton & Laurier fighting for the remaining playoff spot.]

What I like most about this Queen’s team is their solid O-Line and RB Jesse Andrews. However, I don’t think they are up to seriously challenging the Gryphons. I believe that Kevin MacNeill’s defense is good enough to slow down, if not stop, the Queen’s running game. I also look for the D to limit the Gaels excellent receiver Doug Corby much like they did McMaster’s Danny Vandervoort. The Queen’s D is young and not good enough IMO to pose a serious barrier to the Gryphon offense. I hope to see another 100-yard game for Johnny Augustine and a good game from James Roberts.

This game will be much more competitive than last year’s 66-0 blowout but Guelph could still win by 20 or 30. A 33-point margin of victory would allow the Gryphons to gain back a few points on Western in the OUA tie-breaker race. The Mustangs beat Queen’s by 25.

Game Previews & related links:

Gryphons.ca: No. 5 Gryphons look to remain undefeated in Kingston versus Queen’s

Last week, the Gryphon defence was focused on stopping one of the top quarterbacks in the league … This week, the focus shifts to a star running back in the opposition’s backfield as the Queen’s Gaels are led by 4th year man Jesse Andrews. The 6-0, 204 pound back currently leads the OUA in rushing with 147.6 yards per game on the ground – ranking him second in the country behind only Calgary Dinos Hec Crighton favourite Mercer Timmis. Andrews will be running behind a big Queen’s offensive line that weighs in at an average of over 300 pounds per player

Guelph Mercury: Gryphons’ defence looking to shut down Queen’s

The Gaels are one of two teams in the 11-team league that have amassed 1,000 or more yards in rushing this season … However, the Gryphons’ defence is the best in the league at stopping the run as they’ve limited the opposition to less than 78 yards per game.

GoGaelsGo.ca: Football Hosts No. 5 Guelph Gryphons

Queen’s will be looking to win back to back games for the first time this season when they host the Gryphons.

The Gaels are coming off a 37-18 win last weekend at Toronto against their Old Four Rivals the Varsity Blues (1-3). Nate Hobbs (Mississauga, Ont.) led the way for the Gaels throwing for 401 yards and two touchdown passes while adding 14 yards on the ground and another touchdown

Recent series History: The Gryphons are 4-5 against the Golden Gaels over the past 8 years. During that time Queen’s has won the 2009 Vanier Cup and recorded a perfect 8-0 regular season in 2008. Nothing in this recent history would lead you to expect the 2014 result. It was the worst defeat in more than 100 years of Golden Gaels football.

2014 – 66 – 0  Guelph
2013 –  34-17 Queen’s [Yates Cup semi-final]
2013 –  37-23 Queen’s
2012 – 42 -39 Guelph [Yates Cup semi-final]
2012 – 33-28 Guelph
2011 – did not meet
2010 –  21-15  Guelph
2009 –  52-49  Queen’s
2008 –  41-30  Queen’s
2007 –  26-14  Queen’s

Media Options:

Online Streaming: OUA.tv – click here

Twitter: you never know whether or how much I’ll tweet but you can usually get updates from @GryphonsLair & @guelph_gryphons. Also, check out Kingston sport writer @cscilley and @queensgaels

Play Queens on grass – no problem. Thanks @gryphonswrugby for the field. Great to see @gryphwsoccer working hard too.

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