Football Gryphons trail early in loss to Gee-Gees

OTTAWA – The Guelph Gryphons fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter and couldn’t catch up as they were edged 12-10 by the Ottawa Gee-Gees in OUA football play Saturday at Gee-Gees Field.

The eighth-ranked Gryphs surrendered a touchdown and a field goal in a span of just over two minutes in the opening quarter as they trailed their ninth-ranked hosts 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Ottawa scored on each of its first two possessions. Running back Dawson Odei shoved his way into the Guelph end zone for the opening touchdown on a one-yard run 8:17 into the first quarter to put an end to an 11-play drive that took 4:40 to complete. Cameron Fair booted the convert.

Gryphon returner Ryan Isenor fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Ottawa’s Kyle Roger recovered at Guelph’s 20-yard line. After the Gee-Gees gained a first down on their first play of the drive, the Gryphon defence held tough, leaving the Gee-Gees to settle for a 12-yard field goal.

Guelph quarterback Theo Landers connected on an 85-yard scoring play with receiver Zeph Fraser early in the second quarter and Gabe Ferraro’s convert cut the gap to three points (10-7).

That score remained until the Gryphs conceded a safety less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.

Ferraro’s 45-yard FG with 4:48 to go brought the gap down to two points, but that was to be the final scoring play of the match.

The Gee-Gees had possession of the ball 11 minutes more than the Gryphs and claimed 25 first downs in the match, 12 more than Guelph.

The hosts also had 477 yards of total offence in 73 plays while the Gryphs had 269 yards in 49 plays.

Landers was sacked seven times while the Gryphs sacked Ottawa QB Sawyer Buettner four times.

The flags flew in the game as the Gryphs were penalized 13 times for 124 yards, 11 yards more than they gained rushing. Ottawa was penalized 10 times for 163 yards, 10 yards more than Odei gained in the game as he had 30 carries for 153 yards.

Ferraro missed field goals of 48 and 52 yards and had one of 53 yards blocked with 1:10 to go. It would’ve been the longest successful FG in team history if he’d made it.

Longest drive of the game for the Gryphs in terms of plays was six, something they did three times. They also had seven possessions that were two plays and a kick.

The result leaves the Gryphs at 1-2. They’re tied with the McMaster Marauders and York Lions for seventh while the Gee-Gees join the Waterloo Warriors, Carleton Ravens and Queen’s Gaels with 2-1 records. The Laurier Golden Hawks and Western Mustangs lead at 2-0 while the Toronto Varsity Blues are at 0-2 and the Windsor Lancers are at 0-3.

The Gryphs are to play the Lancers at Windsor Saturday at 1 p.m. before hosting Queen’s Sept. 22.

 

Gee-Gees 12 Gryphons 10
SCORING
First Quarter
Ottawa, TB, Odei (1-yd run), Fair convert good 8:17
Ottawa, FG, Fair (12 yds) 10:24
Second Quarter
Guelph, TD, Z.Fraser (85-yd pass from Landers), Ferraro convert good 3:00
Third Quarter
No scoring
Fourth Quarter
Ottawa, safety 1:43
Guelph, FG, Ferraro (45 yds) 10:12
TEAM STATS
First Downs: Guelph 13; Ottawa 25
First Downs Via Passing: Guelph 5; Ottawa 14
First Downs Via Rushing: Guelph 6; Ottawa 8
First Downs Via Penalty: Guelph 2; Ottawa 3
Total Offense: Guelph 269; Ottawa 477
Total Offensive Plays: Guelph 49; Ottawa 73
Average Gain Per Play: Guelph 5.5; Ottawa 6.5
Net Yards Passing: Guelph 156; Ottawa 197
Completions-Attempts: Guelph 9-19; Ottawa 22-32
Net Yards Per Pass Play: Guelph 8.2; Ottawa 6.2
Sacked (no.-yds): Guelph 7-41; Ottawa 4-31
Had Intercepted: Guelph 0; Ottawa 0
Net Yards Rushing: Guelph 113; Ottawa 189
Rushing Attempts: Guelph 23; Ottawa 37
Average Gain Per Rush: Guelph 4.9; Ottawa 5.1
Punts (no.-yds): Guelph 10-391; Ottawa 14-516
Punting Average: Guelph 39.1; Ottawa 36.9
Total Return Yards: Guelph 213; Ottawa 96
Punt Returns (no.-yds): Guelph 10-171; Ottawa 7-48
Kickoff Returns (no.-yds): Guelph 2-42; Ottawa 2-48
Interception Returns (no.-yds): Guelph 0-0; Ottawa 0-0
Penalties (no.-yds): Guelph 13-124; Ottawa 10-163
Fumbles (no.-lost): Guelph 2-1; Ottawa 1-0
Sacks (no.-yds): Guelph 4-31; Ottawa 7-41
Interceptions (no.-yds): Guelph 0-0; Ottawa 0-0
Time Of Possession: Guelph 24:30; Ottawa 35:30
INDIVIDUAL STATS
Rushing (no.-yds): Guelph — Hooker 10-57, Landers 4-40, Jeffrey 7-21, Chaves 1-7, Team 1-minus 12; Ottawa — Odei 30-153, Beaver 4-15, Buettner 1-12, Vieira 1-11, Team 1-minus 2
Passing (rec-att-yds-td-int): Guelph — Landers 9-19-197-1-0; Ottawa — Buettner 22-32-228-0-0
Receiving (no.-yds): Guelph — Z.Fraser 4-103, Schaffer-Baker 2-51, Belyk 2-40, Jeffrey 1-3; Ottawa — Matheson 4-56, Tallyhoe 4-46, Odei 4-36, Vieira 3-35, Beaver 3-30, St. Pierre 4-25
Field Goals (made-att): Guelph — Ferraro 1-4; Ottawa — Fair 1-1
Converts (made-att): Guelph — Ferraro 1-1; Ottawa — Fair 1-1
Rouges: Guelph — Ferraro 0; Ottawa — Fair 0
Punts (no.-yds): Guelph — Ferraro 10-391; Ottawa — Legendre 14-516
Kickoffs (no.-yds): Guelph — Ferraro 2-124; Ottawa — Fair 2-111
Kickoff Returns (no.-yds): Guelph — Isenor 2-42; Ottawa — Beaver 2-48
Punt Returns (no.-yds): Guelph — Isenor 7-131, Belyk 2-31, Smith 1-9; Ottawa — Beaver 6-38, Vieira 1-10
Interception Returns (no.-yds): Guelph — none; Ottawa — none.
Fumbles (no.-lost): Guelph — Isenor 1-1, Team 1-0; Ottawa — Beaver 1-0
Sacks (no.-yds): Guelph — Robinson 1.5-15, Korol 1-6, Kalenga 0.5-4, Corfield 0.5-3, Wilson 0.5-3; Ottawa — Davis 1.5-7, Baranyk 1-10, Carrier 1-9, Griese 1-4, Spooner 1-1, Pezzuto 0.5-4, Stephen 0.5-3, Perron 0.5-3
Tackles (solo-assisted): Guelph — Korol 9-4, Aketepe 6-5, Murphy 7-1, Reinhart 4-3, Corfield 4-3, Brodie 3-2, Kalenga 2-3, Wilson 2-3, Knowles 2-2, Kapelanski 2-0, Team 2-0, Richards 1-1, Jafs 1-1, Allen 1-1, Samuels 1-0, A.Cimankinda 0-2, Walker 1-0, Jelacic 1-0, Robinson 1-0, Z.Fraser 0-1, Lassenba 0-1, Hall 0-1, Beeksma 0-1, Taggart 0-1; Ottawa — Griese 5-1, Hamidi 5-0, Carrier 4-1, Spooner 4-0, Rodger 4-0, Douglas 3-0, Peter 2-0, Cranston 1-1, Davis 1-1, Legendre 1-0, Charbonneau 1-0, Stephen 1-0, Detlor 1-0, Perron 0-2, Team 1-0, Faye 0-1, Baranyk 0-1
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