Guelph won 52-8 over the York Lions. That, combined with Ottawa’s 42-41 OT win at Queen’s and Laurier’s 38-9 win in Windsor, gives the Gryphons the 6th playoff seed. They will face the McMaster Marauders on Saturday in Hamilton in an OUA Quarter-Final game.
The game itself was a good but not great one for the Gryphons. Their 52 points were their highest output of the season and it was the first time in 2016 that they produced more than 600 yards of offense. While some of the same problems still plagued them, like 13 penalties for 126 yards, they had only 1 turnover and a very solid defensive effort.
The offense made frequent use of the twin-RB set that they debuted last week at Laurier and the results were similar to the 2nd Half at WLU. Both Johnny Augustine (133) and Mack Jones (141) had 100+ yard games. Jamal Hooker also had 83 yards and a TD (check out the video clip), freshman Patrick Pierre 35 yards and Brandon Gordon 19 yards.
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For a fourth straight week, the Gryphons were forced to play without the services of All-Canadian returner Ryan Nieuwesteeg who was once again not in the lineup due to a foot injury. With Nieuwesteeg out, the Gryphons called upon rookie receiver Jordan Terrio to help handle punt return duties. Terrio, who attended the same high school as Nieuwesteeg, St. Paul Catholic in Niagara Falls, would do his best Nieuwesteeg impersonation in the opening quarter by ripping off an electric 46-yard punt return all the way down to the York 21-yard line.
Guelph Mercury: Gryphons live to fight another day
The University of Guelph football Gryphons are still alive.
The locals have reached the OUA playoffs after a 52-8 home win … on a cold and windy day at Alumni Stadium.
Guelph, the defending Yates Cup OUA champions, visits McMaster (6-2) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in OUA quarterfinal playoff play.
“When it’s raining and really cold, it comes down to who can run the ball better. That’s why I play this sport and why I play the position I do, because I know there are going to be times that the team relies on me or whoever is in the backfield,” Augustine said.
It was also a penalty-filled game: 36 in all for a combined 310 yards. There were also three players ejected.
I guess I wasn’t paying enough attention as I had no idea anyone was ejected. What no one could miss was the long delay for medical reasons. I hope this young man will be okay. You couldn’t help but know it was potentially very serious. Players from both teams gathered together at centre field to pray for him.
Saturday’s game with York was a dreary affair, made even bleaker by what appeared to be a serious injury to the Lions Rossini Sandjong-Djabome.
The big defensive lineman was placed on a backboard and taken away by ambulance after being injured early in the third quarter. There was no immediate update on his condition.
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