The Windsor Lancers are having a tough year. The Lancers will come in at 1-5, compared to 4-0 when the two teams met last year. This will almost certainly end the Lancers’ streak of making the playoffs at 4 consecutive years.
Things have looked a little brighter for Windsor the past few weeks. Their lone win came three weeks ago against Laurier. While they barely eked out a 22-18 it was on the road in front of 6,000+ Golden Hawk fans at Laurier’s Homecoming Game. Then two weeks ago the Lancers played McMaster close enough that the Marauders had to leave most of their starters in until the end of the game.
My Take: While I don’t expect the Lancers to roll over and play dead, I don’t see the Lancers presenting a great challenge to the Gryphons tomorrow, even given their improved play of the past few games. But Windsor has played us surprisingly tough on a couple of other recent occasions so you never know. I expect the Gryphons won’t underestimate this, or any other, opponent after the loss at Queen’s.
Offense has been a major issue for the Lancers. They have one of the top QB recruits in the country playing as a freshman and his performance has improved in recent games. After scoring just 7 points in each of their first two games they are now averaging 20 per game. The Lancers defense is ranked 9th in the OUA in points allowed and in yards surrendered but DC Donnovan Carter has always given us a tough time going back to his UofT days.
What I’d like to see: The Gryphons in control early. Hopefully that includes a first series touchdown drive like they had against McMaster and Ottawa. That really seemed to set the tone in those games. I want to see a dominant performance from the Special Forces units. Also on my wish list … lots of snaps for freshman QB Theo Landers. I’d really like to see him at the controls for a full quarter or more, not just the final series or two of the game. I would be happy if OC Galloway used him for a couple of series in the 2nd Q, rather than waiting until the game is locked up. That wouldn’t be unprecedented as Jazz Lindsey saw his first-ever action in just that fashion against UofT in 2011. Oh … I’d also like to see freshman RB Mack Jones get some touches.
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Guelph Mercury: Gryphons anxious to resume their winning ways
After two weeks away from OUA football league play, the Guelph Gryphons are eager to step back on the field to resume their season.
“It’s unfortunate that we went into the two weeks on a bad loss,” Gryphon head coach Stu Lang said after an abbreviated practice Thursday at Alumni Stadium. “That sort of shades everything. We gave them three days off to hopefully flush that from the system. Practice has been good this week. I thought we lost a little bit of our swagger and we needed to get that back. I sense from what I see at practice that happening.”
Recent series History: Guelph is 7-1 against Windsor since 2007. The lone loss was in 2011, a 2-6 season for the Gryphons. The 2013 game was also very close. It took a gut-check final drive, complete with a game-winning FG from Daniel Ferraro, to pull that one out.
2014 – 24-9 Guelph
2013 – 31-21 Guelph [Q-Final playoff game]
2013 – 24-23 Guelph
2012 – 28-9 Guelph
2011 – 41-21 Windsor
2010 – 41-14 Guelph
2009 – did not play
2008 – 34-8 Guelph
2007 – 36-10 Guelph
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