I enjoyed this game in spite of the rain. It was close. It was entertaining. But it was still a disappointing result.
This was a very winnable game for the Gryphons but it wasn’t necessarily a game the Gryphons deserved to win. Two unforced fumbles in the backfield were maybe the low-points of the game from my perspective.
On the positive side, the Gryphons converted 3 times on 3rd-and-short and they seemed to do it with ease. That is a complete reversal from the Windsor loss when Guelph was 0 for 3 on 3rd-down gambles.
And with 4 minutes left and the game on the line James Roberts led the the Gryphs on a 2 & 1/2 minute 75-yd drive, 9 play drive with plays like this …
It ended like this …
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James Roberts had a strong second half, completing his day going 25-40 for 225 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. His counterpart, Derek Wendel attempted 10 more passes than Roberts, completing 29-50 for 286 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. This was the second week in a row that Wendel threw 2+ interceptions, while still getting the win. A’dre Fraser was a standout in the receiving core, coming up just 2 yards shy of 100 yards, catching 12 passes for 98 yards. In the ‘Baines Bowl’ battle, Gryphons DB Riley Baines had 4 tackles, while his brother Mitchell, had 11 catches for 120 yards and one touchdown.
GeeGees.ca: Overtime win moves Ottawa to 3-0
“We knew going in that this was going to be a very competitive game,” noted Barresi. “In order for us to take a step forward, we had to play a game like this and understand how to be in a heavyweight fight.
“I can’t say enough about the defence,” added Barresi. “It wasn’t easy today against our defence and they really hung in there. I really respect the resiliency that they showed and everything was contested.”
Ottawa Sun: Gee-Gees remain perfect
“Our defence won it for us, really,” Gee-Gees coach Jamie Barresi said. “Our offence didn’t execute as well as we’ve executed before. We had assignment errors and we dropped the ball. It looked like we were a bit unnerved.”
Ottawa’s MetroNews.ca: Gee-Gees score winning touchdown in 2OT to get past Gryphons
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