This was a big win. A loss to the Golden Gaels could have been season changing. With 13 days to prepare, compared to 4 for the Gryphons, I didn’t find it too surprising that the Gaels held an advantage in play in the early going. The Gryphons scored 30 2nd Half points to win comfortably.
Once the Gryphons got their running game in gear in the 2nd Q – they probably averaged 7 or 8 yards per carry on 1st down – I really had no concerns about Guelph winning . My biggest concern from this game going forward is the big plays the defense has given up. They weren’t big plays in the sense of 40-yard long bombs, rather they were short passes and a jet sweep that turned into long-gainers and resulted in the Gaels 3 TDs.
Even with many important and experienced players missing, the Gryphons still find playmakers. Running backs Daniel Palmer-Salmon and Brandon Gordon were outstanding with 125 & 133 yards a piece. New receivers Kian Shaffer-Baker, Thomas Bresciani and Geoff Bezruchko continued to impress.
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Gryphons.ca: Gryphons use big 2nd half, beat Queen’s 38-29
Guelph was without several key players on Saturday as safety Tristan Doughlin and receiver/return specialist Ryan Nieuwesteeg were both late scratches after colliding in practice earlier in the week. The Gryphons also played the game without the services of running backs Johnny Augustine and Mack Jones, as well as starting offensive lineman Arran MacRae. In the opening quarer, the shorthanded Gryphons found themselves trailing as the visiting Gaels built up an early lead.
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After sitting out the loss in Windsor a week earlier and most of the season-opening win over Toronto when he suffered a broken rib early in that match, Drouillard was back on the Alumni Stadium field against the Queen’s Gaels.
“It was huge getting him back on the roster,” interim head coach Kevin MacNeill said. “We really missed him last week. He’s a natural leader and one of the guys that is a big-play guy for us.”
Drouillard had a pair of big plays to spark the Gryphons to a 38-29 victory.
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The Gaels despite holding the lead 11-8 at the half were upended in the final two quarters as the Gryphons scored 30 in the second half.