Football Gryphs looking for Homecoming redemption

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons will be looking for a little redemption for their Homecoming loss to the Western Mustangs when they travel to London for a Labour Day OUA football match.

“That wasn’t a very good game by any means so we definitely have to improve on that,” Gryphon linebacker and long-snapper Job Reinhart said.

The Gryphs suffered a 50-16 setback to the Mustangs last year, their most lopsided loss of the 3-5 campaign.

This year the Gryphs began their season with a 24-21 double overtime loss at home to the Ottawa Gee-Gees last weekend in the OUA conference’s marquee match. This week’s game for the Gryphs has the same designation.

“We have a great team this year, we’ve just got to fix up our mistakes and get better every week,” Reinhart said. “We’ve definitely got to fix penalties and we’ve just got to fix our assignments and make sure we adjust to the offence correctly.”

Against Ottawa, Reinhart had a pretty solid outing with five solo and three assisted tackles, two and a half sacks for a loss of 15 yards and three tackles for a loss of 21 yards.

“I felt I played all right, but there’s always stuff to fix so I’ve just got to get in film and make sure I’m doing everything right.”

And individual performances aren’t all that meaningful when it’s a loss.

“Definitely not, it’s all about the win.”

This season Reinhart has seen time at linebacker and on the defensive line to go along with his long-snapping chores. A quarterback in high school and in rep football, he could also see some time on offence.

“I’ve been bouncing around quite a bit, but it’s all fun,” he said.

Moving around between various positions means Reinhart has a lot of different plays to remember.

“It’s not too bad if I just try to remember the whole idea of the play and the whole system because then I can make sense of what each position is supposed to do,” he said. “The different positions make me remember the whole scheme of how everything fits together.”

Reinhart got ready for the season in his usual way.

“I came to as many summer workouts as possible and I just worked really hard to try to get in good condition.”

Now in his third year with the Gryphons, Reinhart felt this year’s training camp was similar to his previous two.

“They take their toll on the body and you’ve just got to get in your playbook.”

He remembers what it was like his first season with the team and wants to help make things easier for this year’s large rookie class.

“The rookies definitely come in and their heads are all scrambled, but every year it gets easier as you remember the playbook and you remember the system more,” he said. “I’m open to any rookie who has questions. I’m here to help them out.”

While the Gryphs lost their opener 24-21 in double overtime to Ottawa last weekend, the Mustangs ran over the York Lions 66-3 in their opener.

Monday’s game will be Western’s home opener. Game time at TD Stadium is 7 p.m.