Fifth-ranked football Gryphons edged by Windsor
WINDSOR – A week after the Guelph Gryphons surprised the top-ranked team in the country they couldn’t get the ball into the endzone as they were edged 14-12 by the Windsor Lancers in OUA football play Saturday at Windsor’s Alumni Stadium.
The Gryphs, ranked No. 5 in the country after the home win over the Western Mustangs, were limited to 181 yards of total offence and 14 first downs in Saturday’s loss. By comparison, Windsor had 306 yards of total offence and 20 first downs.
Windsor 14 Guelph Gryphons 12
Kicker Eric Stranz accounted for all of the points for the Gryphs as he booted four field goals, hitting from 37, 39, 30 and 41 yards.
Alex Bornais of Windsor scored the game’s lone touchdown as he hauled in a 23-yard pass from quarterback Sam Girard midway through the fourth quarter.
Sam Richardson kicked the convert and also had two 32-yard field goals. The Lancers also had a rouge.
Windsor led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, 7-6 at halftime and 14-6 after three quarters.
Deandre Rose and Ettore Cassati III split the duties at quarterback for the Gryphs with Game 1 QB out with an injury. Rose completed 11 of 14 pass attempts for 97 yards and Cassati completed three of seven pass attempts for 28 yards. Both threw an interception.
Vyshonne Janusas caught four passes for 48 yards while former St. James Lions quarterback Jakob Tomas caught two for 42 yards.
Kaine Stevenson had eight carries for 15 yards and Rose had 10 for 13 yards.
Girard completed 14 of 25 pass attempts for 140 yards for the Lancers.
Callin Bethune caught two passes for 45 yards while Bornais caught five for 41 yards and Jaylen Miller caught four for 30 yards.
Windsor relied more on the ground game than the aerial attack as the Lancers had 39 rush attempts. David Adeniran carried the ball 26 times for 130 yards while Girard had 10 carries for 23 yards.
A.J. Allen had 17 tackles for the Gryphs while Jeremy Kapelanski had nine and Jared Beeksma, Kristian Stewart and Kosi Onyeka had seven apiece.
Malcolm James had five punt returns and two kickoff returns for a total of 88 yards.
The result leaves the Gryphs and Windsor with 1-1 records.
There are no winless or undefeated teams in the West Division following the third week of the regular season. Western and Waterloo Warriors are tied for first at 2-1 while the McMaster Marauders are also at 1-1 and the Laurier Golden Hawks are at 1-2.
Next up for the Gryphs is a Friday night match in Kingston against the Queen’s Gaels. The Gaels lead the East Division and are the league’s only unbeaten team at 3-0. Game time is 6 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal