Junior Gryphons varsity squad falls to Niagara
GUELPH – The Guelph Junior Gryphons yielded 628 yards of total offence to the Niagara Spears as they suffered a 40-32 loss in Ontario Provincial Football League premier varsity play Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
The Jr. Gryphs managed 286 yards of total offence and nine first downs. Niagara had 26 first downs.
Niagara led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, 23-12 at halftime and 25-18 after the third quarter.
Quarterback Dakota Brown completed 18 of 34 pass attempts, including two for touchdowns, for 264 yards. Clark Barnes grabbed on to five of those passes for 156 yards and one touchdown while Tommy Nield hauled in nine passes for 98 yards and the other touchdown. Jack St. Hilaire, Tanner Nelmes, Jackson Taylor and Juwan Jeffrey each had one catch.
The Jr. Gryphs struggled running the ball as they had 18 carries for 22 yards. Brown had five carries for 23 yards while Nelmes lost two yards on five carries and Taylor lost 11 yards on five carries. Jeffrey gained 12 yards on three carries.
Barnes returned four punts, including one for a touchdown.
Eric Stranz made two field goals, converted two of the touchdowns and had nine punts for an average of 32.9 yards per punt.
Joshua Vanamelsvoort scored the other TD for Guelph on a fumble recovery.
Defensively, Al-Ameen Shipeolu and Antonio Webb each made nine tackles while Andre Gordon and Brendan Perozzo made eight apiece and Vanamelsvoort made seven. Garrison Pyle and Trevon Halstead each had one sack.
The Jr. Gryphs are 1-2-0 while Niagara is 2-1-0.
The locals are to host the Ottawa Sooners (3-0-0) Saturday at 5 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
Premier Junior Varsity
The Junior Gryphons were blanked 42-0 by Niagara Spears at Alumni Stadium Saturday.
Niagara scored seven points in the first quarter, 28 in the second and seven in the fourth.
Quarterback Daniel Brown hit on seven of 14 pass attempts for 72 yards. He also had two carries for three yards.
Hadi El-Miari had two catches for 33 yards and Shaveen Waidyatilake caucht two passes for 20 yards.
On defence, Lucas Alfieri had 18 tackles while Carter Bray had six and Emerson Hopping and Kyle Antonucci had five apiece.
The Jr. Gryphs are 0-3-0 while Niagara is 2-1-0.
The Jr. Gryphs are to play the Ottawa Sooners (2-1-0) Saturday at 3 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
The Junior Gryphons doubled the Clarington Knights 14-7 Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
Details were not available.
The result leaves both teams at 2-1-0.
The Jr. Gryphs are to host the Orangeville Outlaws (1-2-0) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
- Guelph Sports Journal