More on the win at Carleton

Week 9 PoG

Week 9 Players of the Game – Roberts, Rush & Ferraro // Photo: Kyle Rodriguez/


OFFENSE – James Roberts
DEFENSE – John Rush
SPECIAL FORCES – Gabriel Ferraro article – Roberts, Rush & Ferraro Named Gryphon Football Players of the Game for Week 9

Sophomore QB Roberts had another excellent game. His first half in particular was outstanding – 9 of 14 for 206 yards. His total of 327 yards made this his 5th game of the season passing for 300+ yards. It was also his second game with four passing TDs and his 4th game without an interception. A very nice season for a first year starter … Senior LB Rush continues to be a tackling machine for the Gryphons. His 4 solo tackles and 5 assists keep him ranked #1 among all CIS tacklers – Rush also recorded an interception in the 2nd Q to end a Ravens drive into Guelph territory … As I mentioned Sunday, Ferraro has had a solid season kicking FGs and he closed it out in fine fashion hitting from 15, 27 & 39 yards. He has hit on 15 of 18 for the season – 83.3% of his attempts. He also had 10 punts for an average of 36 yards.


“We needed a defensive member to step up this week and Greg did just that. Captain and centre Matt Nesbitt asked for a bigger body in the middle to help him and the O-line prepare for Carleton this week and Greg fit the bill. He was tenacious and a load to move which gave us the look we needed inside. Greg played both ways this week as he was also asked to play some TE for the Offensive Scout team. Carleton uses bigger bodies on the line to help them run the ball and Greg was always willing to get involved.” ~ Scout Team Coordinator Alex Derma

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The Gryphons jump up two positions after their 44-12 win over Carleton, leapfrogging McMaster who lost 46-24 to Western. The other big mover of the week … Sherbrooke Vert & Or down 2 spots. Interesting that Carleton held on to their #10 position in spite of the loss.


Pts (1st place) Last week
1. Calgary (7-0) 285 (24) 1
2. Western (8-0) 261 (4) 2
3. Laval (6-1) 220 (1) 4
4. Montreal (5-2) 218 3
5. Guelph (7-1) 153 7
6. McMaster (6-2) 120 6
7. Sherbrooke (4-3) 108 5
8. Manitoba (5-2) 101 8
9. UBC (5-2) 95 9
10. Carleton (5-3) 12 10

Other teams receiving votes: Mount Allison (11), Concordia (6), Laurier (5).

Find Donnovan Bennett’s Top 10 here. As for his comments w.r.t. Guelph (below), I have no problems with anything but his use of the word demoralizing. Forget the fact he is bringing up something from 3+ weeks ago, I have seen no signs of any demoralizing effects. That game result was surprising, shocking, unexpected but it hasn’t been demoralizing in the least in my opinion.

After a demoralizing loss to the Gaels, the Gryphons had a bounce-back performance this week securing a home playoff game and first-round bye in the OUA playoffs. Many are down on Guelph because of lacklustre performances over the last month of the season. But despite their struggles, their defence has remained constantly strong and given them a chance to win. Five times this year they’ve held their opponents scoreless in the first quarter.

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MNP logoSaturday’s game was my first visit to Carleton University. I enjoyed the visit and not just because of the result of the game. While the Carleton stadium, recently re-named MNP Park, may not be top notch it still has a nice feel. It feels like a football environment and it is a friendly place. It is also very well situated right at the front entrance to the campus from Bronson Avenue. If things go well for the program it would be a beautiful spot to build a more permanent stadium.

The facilities themselves are very much like York’s but without the new turf and any indoor washrooms. The bleachers apparently accommodate 3,400 fans, though they weren’t close to full Saturday. Obviously, I didn’t see the Ravens dressing room or training facilities but I’ve heard they are top notch. They are located in another building several hundred yards from the field. Speaking of the turf, it appears old and ready to be replaced. Sort of like Laurier in that regard, but keep in mind I didn’t ask any of the players what they thought of it. The MNP turf is unique, in that, football is played between the yellow lines. The white lines are the soccer boundaries.

I hadn’t thought about the friendly part of it until one of the Guelph parents mentioned it. The staff there were friendly including the security people. There was none of the vulgar behaviour towards visitors that you find in many stadiums.  The stadium announcer made it clear before the game that abusive behaviour would not be tolerated and encouraged people to report it.

For fan enjoyment there was a nice selection of food trucks and, unlike York, the lineups weren’t too bad though the prices were a little steep. More reasonably priced than many places was the beer and it was available in the stands if you had pre-purchased tickets and a wristband. I think other OUA scjools could take note of the fact there did not appear to be any problem with drunken spectators or students.

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Check out this week’s episode of Known Countdown U, Canada’s source for college football. The OUA highlights and discussion are in the first 9 minutes.

John Rush stops Carleton ball carrier Photo: Lou Toppan

John Rush stops Carleton ball carrier
Photo: Lou Toppan

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