Junior Gryphons open OPFL varsity season with win
HAMILTON – The Guelph Junior Gryphons began their Ontario Provincial Football League Premier Varsity season with a 53-16 victory over the Durham Dolphins at Ron Joyce Stadium Sunday.
A big second quarter sparked the Junior Gryphs as they extended a 15-7 lead at the end of the first quarter into a 36-10 advantage at halftime. The third quarter was scoreless.
The Junior Gryphs used an aerial attack for the win as they collected 242 yards passing and 62 yards rushing.
Dakota Brown completed threw four touchdowns. Clark Barnes caught two passes for 135 yards and both went for touchdowns. Keontae King also caught a touchdown pass while Tommy Nield caught one pass for 56 yards.
On the ground, Jackson Taylor had six carries for 27 yards while Juwan Jeffrey had four carries for 20 yards and Tanner Nelmes had six carries for 14 yards.
Joojo Paintsil returned three punts for 66 yards while Nield had three punt returns for 54 yards. Andre Gordon had three kick returns for 58 yards.
Eric Stranz kicked a field goal and had seven converts and a rouge.
Al-Ameen Shipeolu returned an interception for a touchdown and Garrison Pyle had a touchdown on a fumble recovery. The other scorer was not reported.
Brendan Perozzo had eight tackles while Brandon Ferigo had six and Tavius Robinson had five tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. Trevon Halstead also had five tackles.
Next game for the Junior Gryphs is set for May 26 against the Hamilton Varsity Tiger-Cats at Ron Joyce Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Junior Gryphons were downed 57-0 by the Durham Dolphins in their season opener Sunday at Hamilton’s Ron Joyce Stadium.
Durham scored 14 points in the first quarter, 35 in the second and eight in the third for the win.
The Junior Gryphs completed seven of 20 pass attempts for 50 yards and had 12 carries for 52 yards rushing.
Durham had 203 yards passing and 278 yards rushing.
Daniel Brown completed six passes for 30 yards for Guelph while Peyton Garvin had a 20-yard completion.
Cory Pryce caught three passes for seven yards while Drake Davis caught two passes for 17 yards. Joel Nixon caught one pass for 20 yards and Hadi El-Miari caught one pass for six yards.
Brown had four rushes for 23 yards while Johnathon Wegman had three carries for 11 yards and Ben Lane had two carries for 18 yards.
El-Miari returned five kickoffs for 25 yards and Davis returned three punts for six yards.
Defensively, Enzo Njo had seven tackles while Luis Alfieri had six and Nathan Dixon had five and a fumble recovery. Anakin Guthrie also had a fumble recovery while Ralph George and Mitchell Price each had one sack.
The Junior Gryphs are to play the Hamilton Junior Varsity Tiger-Cats at Ron Joyce Stadium May 27 at 8 p.m.
The Junior Gryphons dropped their season opener 96-6 to the Durham Dolphins Saturday at Burlington’s Nelson high school.
Durham scored 28 points in the first quarter, 41 in the second and 14 in the third.
Niko Jean-Gaston caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for Guelph’s points.
Durham did most of its damage on the ground as the Dolphins had 510 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns while the Junior Gryphs had two rushing yards. Guelph had 78 yards passing while Durham had 101 and two touchdowns.
Durham scored six touchdowns on defence – four on interception returns and two on fumble returns.
Brendan MacRae completed four passes for 68 yards for the Junior Gryphs while Jean-Gaston completed two for 10 yards.
Jean-Gaston caught two passes for 49 yards while Ty Dokis caught two for 19 yards and Karzaih Mati caught two for 10 yards.
Jean-Gaston also had seven carries for nine yards while Sam Taylor had seven carries for four yards. Three others combined for eight carries for a loss of 11 yards.
Graeme Berry and Keyon Robinson each had four kick returns for 29 yards.
Vincent Landaverde had three tackles while Jack Shoniker, Brandon Reilly and Cameron Snook each had two. Jack Delany had a sack.
The Junior Gryphs are to tangle with the Hamilton Bantam Tiger-Cats at Ron Joyce Stadium May 27.
- Guelph Sports Journal