PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Offense – Johnny Augustine
Defense – John Rush
Special Teams – Ryan Nieuwesteeg / Gabriel Ferraro
Gryphons.ca – Gryphon Football Players of the Week
I think the choice of Augustine was a no-brainer. He had an absolutely incredible game. I recall the fan of another OUA team criticizing him earlier in the season for not being a “powerback”, implying he went down to easy on contact. I had to laugh to myself as I heard CHCH announcer Mark Lee repeatedly describe him as a powerback. On one play he literally had a 300+ pound DT on his back and two other Ravens defenders holding on to him and he carried them a further 5 yards before they could bring him down … IMO Rush is having a All Canadian-type season and his performance Saturday added emphasis to that. Curtis Newton, Iain Hutchison and others had great games as well, but Rush made more really big plays … Nieuwesteeg is who we thought he was – i.e. the best returner in the CIS. Ferraro was perfect again on four field goal attempts.
The OUA named Augustine the Offensive Player of the Week and Nieuwesteeg the Special Teams Player of the Week – OUA Football Players of the Week.
SCOUT TEAM PLAYER OF THE WEEK – WR Colton Jones [Port Colborne ON]
“Colton has been a borderline dresser each week and sometimes has to do double duty with the starters as well as the scout. He works extremely hard and rarely takes a break … I am excited to see continued growth in Colton’s game and can not wait to see him putting it to work in a Gryphon jersey on game day.” ~ Scout Team Coordinator Alex Derma
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More game stories & related links:
Claude Scilley’s sportkingston blog – Status doubtful for Western QB Will Finch to play in Yates Cup game
Tim Baines’ Ottawa Sun story – Carleton Ravens season comes to a close
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- The 33-21 win extends the Gryphons home winning streak to 20 games, the longest current streak in the CIS and, more importantly, it puts them in the 108th Yates Cup. It is Guelph’s third appearance in 4 years. A win next Saturday in London would bring them back to Guelph to host the Mitchell Bowl on Saturday, November 21. They would face off against the Quebec Champion, likely the mighty Laval Rouge et Or. Those same Laval R&O are the holders of the CIS’s all time longest home winning streak, something like 70 or 71 games.
- One under-the-radar story from the game revolves around a little known DT – Jelani Pascoe. As I understand it, Pascoe is in his 4th year at Guelph. His first two years he was in a diploma program and not eligible to play OUA football. After two years of successful studies he transferred to a degree program which made him eligible for OUA play. He petitioned Gryphon coaches for the opportunity to walk-on to the team. He then spent two years on the scout team and did not dress for single regular season game. He made his first ever appearance in the OUA Semi-final Saturday replacing an injured Zack Mallough. The 6′ 270-pounder made the most of it – pressuring the QB, making an assisted tackle for loss and generally being a solid part of the DT rotation.
- While I bemoaned the fact that the Gryphons had to settle for four FGs in the first half yesterday there was a bright side – Gabriel Ferraro was a perfect 4 for 4. That brings him to 19 of 22 in 2015. That’s 86.36% of his attempts. His three misses were early in the season before issues with the players spotting the ball for him were resolved.
- Resolved? Sort of. Gabriel Ferraro has worked with three (or maybe four) different holders so far this year on field goals and converts. Regardless, he had another new holder on Saturday – A’dre Fraser. I believe Fraser was filling in for Lucas Spagnuolo who didn’t play Saturday.
- There was a good chance that Ferraro could have been a perfect 5 for 5 except for a fumble at the CU 25-yd line with 15 seconds left in the 1st Half. Guelph had just kicked a FG 45 seconds earlier to take a 12-9 lead. They had the chance to come right back and add another because Royce Metchie had stripped the ball from a Carlton receiver, Tristan Doughlin scooped it up and brought it out to the UG 50-yd line. A 15-yard penalty on CU and 19-yd James Ingram reception brought the Gryphons to the CU 25.
- According to CHCH, at Half Time Guelph led Carlton in passing yards [179 to 130], in rushing yards [141 to 50] and total yards [320 to 180]. I always find it worrisome when a team can be dominant on the field but not translate that dominance into a sizable advantage on the scoreboard. The Ravens were very much still in the game heading into the 3rd Q because of Guelph’s problems in the Red Zone.
- I do agree with the CHCH guys that Carleton putting in their backup QB was a strategic “wrinkle”, rather than an issue with the play of Jesse Mills. It was a smart move by CU even if the 34-yd first play gain was a short-lived advantage. It certainly brought out the best in the Guelph D, as on consecutive plays they dropped the RB for a loss, sacked the QB, then partially blocked the punt.
- The most important thing about this win is it puts the Gryphons in the 108th Yates Cup. But beyond that, it is the fourth consecutive year that the Gryphons have won a playoff game, in addition to being the fourth consecutive year with a 7-1 regular season record. Guelph now has more OUA wins [regular season & playoff] than any of it’s OUA competitors. Guelph’s consistency is great but it still needs a Yates Cup win to cap it off.