While watching the Calgary Stampeders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers game on Friday night I tried to keep my eye on Cam Thorn as much as possible. At the time I tweeted out my first impression …
Thorn’s Friday night start was the first of his CFL career. In fact, it was also the first time in his entire football career he had ever started at the Centre position. His prior game experience was filling in at the position a few of times with the BC Lions.
Thorn didn’t misfire on a single snap that I saw. They were all near perfect. Yet not much was said about Thorn during the game or in the follow-up media coverage. But that’s the norm for O-linemen. In fact, the conventional wisdom says that if an O-lineman’s name isn’t being mentioned, then he is playing well. More than most positions, the O-line is successful as a unit and the Stamps offensive line was named tops in the CFL last week.
The Stampeders O-line helped the Stamps score 36 points, rack up 516 yards, including 207 on the ground, and only gave up a single sack.
BTW, former Gryphon Rob Maver punted four times for a 43.5 yard average, including a near perfect coffin-corner effort …
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Some incoming Gryphon freshmen also played some excellent football this weekend. I watched an entertaining, well-played OVFL game on Saturday night with 2016 recruits on both teams.
Receiver recruits Jordan Terrio [6′ 180 Niagara Falls/St Paul’s] and Jack Gelbart [6’3″ 215 Grimsby/Blessed Trinity] both had outstanding games for the Spears that were among the top 10 performances of the week in the OVFL. Terrio had 6 receptions for 88 yards with 2 TDs. Gelbart reeled in 3 catches for 52 yards.
The Spears ultimately won the game 42-27 but not because OL recruits Ben Petrie [6’4″ 265 Waterloo/SJAM] and Spencer Andrews [6’5″ 270 Kitchener/KCI] didn’t play well. I was really impressed with them and the overall play of the Cambridge O-line. The Lions QB was rarely pressured while throwing 47 passes and accumulating well over 300 yards.
Also, among the Top 10 OVFL performers for Week 7 were Niagara Spears punter/kicker Owen Charnock in multiple kicking categories and Mississauga Warriors Kian Shaffer-Baker was ranked 4th among OVFL receivers with 4 receptions for 88 yards & 2 TDs.
OVFL Top 10 Season stats leaders
The Kingston Grenadiers had a bye this week but running back Harry Robinson remains in the Top 10 in OVFL rushing yards  thru 7 weeks in spite of just playing in 4 games. Robinson is also in the Top 10 as a Kickoff returner – #3 in yardage  and #5 in average return [25.6] for players with 4 or more returns.
York Region Lions linebacker Alex Jafs is tied for 6th in defensive points with 103 in 6 games. Jafs has recorded 17 solo tackles, 47 assists and 3 sacks. He has recovered 2 fumbles, broken up 2 passes, blocked a kick and scored a TD on a 34-yd fumble return.
Jordan Terrio has had multiple Top 10 weekly performances this sesaon. Taken together, they have put him on top of all the league’s receivers in receptions, receiving yards, yards per catch and receiving TDs. If you’ve watched Terrio’s highlights it was quite obvious he was a CIS level athlete even though he played QB n his senior high school season. His play this summer makes it clear he has the tools as a receiver to be a potential impact player as a freshman.
Kian Shaffer-Baker is tied for 2nd in receiving touchdowns with 7.
Owen Charnock is ranked in the top 10 in punting yards [2nd], longest punt [2nd] and punting average for players with more than 10 punts. Likewise he is in the top 10 for KO yardage [2nd], # of KOs [2nd] and average KO yards for player with more than 10 KOs.