Gryphons win 41-27 over Windsor

Ryan Nieuwesteeg crosses the goal-line with punt return TD Photo: Lou Toppan

Ryan Nieuwesteeg crosses the goal-line with punt return TD
Photo: Lou Toppan

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Offense – Jacob Scarfone
Defense – Donnie Egerter
Special Teams – Ryan Nieuwesteeg

The Gryphons.ca source story: Nieuwesteeg, Scarfone & Egerter Named Gryphon Football Players of the Game

Scarfone made 10 catches for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns on Saturday versus the Lancers. Both of his touchdowns came in the opening quarter, as he hauled in TD receptions of 2-yards and 47-yards. The London, Ontario native has enjoyed a breakout season in 2015, and currently ranks 2nd in the CIS with 8 touchdown receptions on the season. His 116.4 receiving yards per game is also good of 4th in the country while his 52 catches on the season are the second highest total in school history. Scarfone would need to make 8 more catches on Saturday (Oct. 24) in the regular season finale against Carleton to tie the school record for receptions in a single-season (held by Frank Marouf who made 60 back in 1991). Scarfone currently sits 2nd on that list, after surpassing former teammate and now Montreal Alouette Alex Charette who made 49 grabs a season ago … From his defensive tackle position Egerter racked up a pair of sacks and helped provide pressure on the Windsor quarterbacks, who were held to just 58 total yards passing in the game. The Niagara Falls native also recorded a forced fumble in the game and finished the day with 4 tackles … All Canadian returner Nieuwesteeg racked up 242 yards on 12 punt returns, highlighted by a 63-yard touchdown. It was his 2nd punt return for a touchdown this season. On the season, Nieuwesteeg now has 721 punt return yards, the most in the CIS (250 yards more than the next closest player). Nieuwesteeg also had 1 kickoff return for 44 yards to finish the day with 286 total return yards in the game. Not to mention 100+ return yards negated by penalties.

SCOUT TEAM PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Dean Yaromich (LB)

“Dean has worked incredibly hard this year and is one of the most coachable players on the scout team. He refuses to take a practice off and this week played through a knee injury just so he could hold his spot on the specials scout team. He is always in tune with what is going on and wants to know what the next play is as soon as possible. I see him being a great leader in the future as a Gryphon.” ~ Scout Team Coordinator Alex Derma

Game stories, recaps & other links:

Gryphons.ca: Gryphons Improve to 6-1 with 41-27 Win Over Windsor

Defensively, the Gryphons have been spectacular against the run this season. Coming into this game, they were ranked 2nd in the CIS, limiting opponents to just 88.3 yards per game on the ground. Windsor surpassed that total on their very first play from scrimmage. Lancers running back Tarrence Crawford took the first handoff of the game and rumbled 91-yards all the way down to the Gryphons 1-yard line. Two plays later, Crawford would punch it in as Windsor jumped out to a 7-0 lead right out of the gates. That lead wouldn’t last long.

GoLancers.ca: Gryphons halt Windsor comeback

Guelph Mercury: Same old story in Gryphon football victory

New script please.

Once again the Guelph Gryphons built a sizeable lead in the first half of an OUA football game, only to see their opponents close the gap in the second half.

The Gryphs led the Windsor Lancers by 27 points midway through the second quarter, but needed a Johnny Augustine touchdown with 63 seconds to go to score a win by 14 points.

… “It’s not so much the other team catching up as we’re allowing them to get back into the game,” Gryphon head coach Stu Lang said.

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The Gryphons remain ranked #7 in this week’s CIS Top 10 poll. Interesting to see that our next opponent, the Carleton Ravens, have made their first apppearance in the Top 10 since 1996. This will be the third time this season that the Gryphons will face another a Top 10 opponent.

FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#8)

Pts (1st place) Last week
1. Calgary (6-0) 296 (27) 1
2. Western (7-0) 267 (3) 3
3. Montreal (4-2) 231 4
4. Laval (5-1) 214 2
5. Sherbrooke (4-2) 160 5
6. McMaster (6-1) 145 6
7. Guelph (6-1) 119 7
8. Manitoba (4-2) 89 8
9. UBC (4-2) 88 9
10. Carleton (5-2) 22 NR

Other teams receiving votes: Queen’s (13), Concordia (3), Saskatchewan (1).

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