Records for Ferraro as football Gryphs topple Carleton
OTTAWA – The Guelph Gryphons earned another trip to Ottawa next weekend after defeating the Carleton Ravens 28-23 Saturday at Carleton’s MNP Park in Ottawa.
After the final whistle sounded on the OUA football league’s regular-season play Saturday, the Gryphs were tied with the Ottawa Gee-Gees for fourth place at 5-3. However, the Gee-Gees won the tiebreaker thanks to Ottawa’s season-opening 24-21 win in double overtime over the Gryphs at Alumni Stadium Aug. 27.
The two teams will meet again in the quarter-finals at Gee-Gees Field in Ottawa, likely Saturday at 1 p.m.
Western Mustangs finished first at 8-0 while the Laurier Golden Hawks and McMaster Marauders tied for second at 6-2. Laurier won the tiebreaker by winning Saturday’s match with McMaster 40-15 at University Stadium.
The Queen’s Gaels and Waterloo Warriors tied for sixth at 4-4. Queen’s won the tiebreaker due to 68-17 victory over Waterloo at Kingston Oct. 5. That means Queen’s will play in a quarter-final at McMaster Saturday and the Warriors miss the playoffs.
Also out of the playoffs are the Ravens at 3-5 and a trio of teams at 1-7 – Toronto Varsity Blues, Windsor Lancers and York Lions. Windsor picked up its first win by defeating York 43-27 at Windsor Saturday.
Saturday, the Gryphs rallied from a 22-9 deficit late in the third quarter for the win.
And again it was the foot of kicker Gabe Ferraro that accounted for most of the points for the Gryphs. He tied the OUA single-game record with seven FGs Saturday. That feat was originally done by Lance Chomyc of Toronto in 1982 and equaled by Adam Preocanin of McMaster last year.
The performance gave Ferraro a U Sports-record 33 for the season. He had entered the game tied with his brother Dan who kicked 26 for the Gryphs in 2014. Johnny Mark of Calgary booted 26 last year.
Gabe Ferraro also extended his team record for a career to 69. Rob Maver had kicked 57 in his time with the Gryphs from 2006 to 2009.
Gabe Ferraro’s 22 points also allowed him to set a pair of team records as it improved his seasonal total to 125, surpassing the 114 set by Daniel Ferraro in 2014 and it upped his career total to 306 to pass the 290 set by Maver.
Gabe Ferraro hit field goals of 29 and 49 yards in the final two and a half minutes of the game to turn a single-point deficit into the final five-point advantage.
Carleton had shot ahead on a rouge by Christian Battistelli with 5:09 to go before Gabe Ferraro hit his 29-yarder with 2:29 to play to put Guelph ahead for good.
A 22-yard FG by Gabe Ferraro late in the third quarter, a 48-yarder early in the fourth quarter and a convert of a two-yard TD run by Johnny Augustine midway through the final quarter had pulled the Gryphs even.
Gabe Ferraro had kicked field goals of 25, 45 and 21 yards earlier in the game to account for Guelph’s other points.
Guelph led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter before Carleton surged ahead 12-6 by halftime. The Ravens carried a 22-12 lead into the fourth quarter.
Quinton Soares caught a 13-yard TD pass from Michael Arruda and Nathan Carter scored Carleton’s other TD on a 48-yard run. Michael Domagala kicked FGs of 11 and 47 yards and he also added two converts. Battistelli had his rouge and the Ravens had a safety.
The Gryphs advance to the playoffs. They’ll host a playoff game only if they meet the Queen’s Gaels in the OUA championship Yates Cup game. Any other league playoff games will be on the road.
If they beat Ottawa in the quarter-finals, the Gryphs will play a semifinal match at either Western or McMaster Nov. 4.
The Yates Cup game is to go Nov. 11.
The OUA champion will play in the Uteck Bowl at the home of the Atlantic conference champion Nov. 18 and the national championship Vanier Cup game is to be played at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field Nov. 25.
Gryphons 28 Ravens 23
Scoring by Quarter
Guelph, FG Ferraro 25 yd 4:14
Guelph, FG Ferraro 45 yd 8:36
Carleton, FG Domagala 11 yd 0:32
Carleton, Safety 10:23
Carleton, TD Soares 13 yd pass from Arruda (Domagala kick good) 12:12
Carleton, TD Carter 48 yd run (Domagala kick good) 2:34
Guelph, FG Ferraro 21 yd 6:44
Carleton, FG Domagala 47 yd 9:23
Guelph, FG Ferraro 22 yd 12:46
Guelph, FG Ferraro 48 yd 1:41
Guelph, TD Augustine 2 yd run (Ferraro kick good) 7:37
Carleton, Rouge Battistelli rouge 9:51
Guelph, FG Ferraro 29 yd 12:31
Guelph, FG Ferraro 49 yd 13:55
First Downs: Guelph 28 (12 pass, 14 rush, 2 penalty); Carleton 21 (18 pass, 2 rush, 1 penalty)
Total Offense (plays-yds): Guelph 75-392; Carleton 65-424
Passing (com-att-yds): Guelph 19-29-173; Carleton 32-47-313
Sacked (no.-yds): Guelph 3-17; Carleton 0-0
Had Intercepted: Guelph 0; Carleton 1
Rushing (no.-yds): Guelph 43-239; Carleton 18-111
Punts (no.-yds): Guelph 6-229; Carleton 8-351
Total Return Yards: Guelph 47; Carleton 143
Punt Returns (no.-yds): Guelph 4-7; Carleton 5-18
Kickoff Returns (no.-yds): Guelph 2-40; Carleton 5-125
Interception Returns (no.-yds): Guelph 1-0; Carleton 0-0
Penalties (no.-yds): Guelph 5-45; Carleton 9-85
Fumbles (no.-lost): Guelph 1-0; Carleton 1-0
Sacks (no.-yds): Guelph 0-0; Carleton 3-17
Time of Possession: Guelph 32:23; Carleton 27:37
Passing (com-att-yds-TD-int): Landers 19-29-173-0-0.
Rushing (no.-yds): Augustine 27-137, Landers 14-96, Carney 1-5, Gordon 1-1.
Receiving (no.-yds): Schaffer-Baker 5-52, Z.Fraser 4-35, Terrio 4-20, Belyk 3-38, Chase 1-15, Scarfone 1-12, Augustine 1-1.
Field Goals (made-att): Ferraro 7-7.
Converts (made-att): Ferraro 1-1.
Punts (no.-yds): Ferraro 6-229.
Kickoffs (no-yds): Ferraro 5-267.
Kickoff Returns (no.-yds): Scarfone 1-21, Isenor 1-19.
Punt Returns (no.-yds): Scarfone 4-7.
Interception Returns (no.-yds): Aketepe 1-0.
Fumbles (no.-lost): Landers 1-0.
Tackles (solo-assist): Aketepe 12-0, Korol 7-2, Drouillard 5-2, Carney 4-0, Metchie 3-0, Cimankinda 3-0, Onyeka 3-0, Parisotto 3-0, Baines 2-1, Mod 2-0, Thiele 1-1, Ferraro 1-0, Corfield 1-0, Margaritis 0-1, Yaromich 0-1.
Sacks (no.-yds): none.
Tackles for Losses (no.-yds lost): Drouillard 1-4, Aketepe 1-2, Korol 1-1.
Forced Fumbles: Onyeka 1.
Fumble Returns (no.-yds): None.
Passing (com-att-yds-TD-int): Arruda 32-47-313-1-1.
Rushing (no.-yds): Carter 16-82, Brown 1-24, Arruda 1-5.
Receiving (no.-yds): VanWynsberghe 9-91, Birch 7-68, Brown 6-48, Iloki 5-45, Soares 2-31, Carter 2-17, Manchulenko 1-13.
Field Goals (made-att): Domagala 2-3.
Converts (made-att): Domagala 2-2.
Punts (no.-yds): Domagala 8-351.
Kickoffs (no-yds): Domagala 2-140.
Kickoff Returns (no.-yds): Manchulenko 2-99, Soares 2-23, Brault 1-3.
Punt Returns (no.-yds): Soares 5-18.
Interception Returns (no.-yds): none.
Fumbles (no.-lost): Soares 1-0.
Tackles (solo-assist): Cassar 8-6, Howell 6-3, Onyeka 5-2, Dearborn 3-5, Kinga 4-3, Cenerini 2-5, Kocins 4-0, Bowen 3-1, McCallum 2-0, Hoyte 2-0, Knapp 1-1, Robitaille 1-1, Arruda 1-0, Brault 1-0, McWhirter 1-0, Thompson 1-0, Rioux 1-0, Charles-Brown 1-0, Domagala 0-1, Caron 0-1, Watson 0-1.
Sacks (no.-yds): Onyeka 2.5-14, Cassar 0.5-3.
Tackles for Losses (no.-yds lost): Onyeka 3.5-16, Bowen 1-3, Cassar 0.5-3.
Forced Fumbles: Onyeka 1.
Fumble Returns (no.-yds): None.
Breakups: Dearborn 1, Watson 1, Barrett 1.
- Guelph Sports Journal