Football Gryphons suffer preseason setback to Laval

QUEBEC CITY – The Guelph Gryphons wanted to play a tough opponent in their Canadian university preseason football match so they could see what areas of their team needed attention.

They found that out Saturday after suffering a 46-3 setback to the Laval Rouge et Or at the Telus Stadium.

Both teams used most of the players they had suited up for the game as a chance to see how players meshed with one another.

The Gryphs scored first when reigning team MVP Gabe Ferraro connected on a 46-yard field goal less than four minutes into the match.

That lead stood for just under a minute and a half before Laval’s Adam Auclair returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown. David Cote booted his first of six converts as he converted every Laval TD in the game.

Jonathan Breton-Robert hauled in an 11-yard pass from Hugo Richard for Laval’s first offensive TD late in the first quarter and the hosts added a team safety with one second to go in the quarter.

Laval’s Vincent Forbes-Mombleau caught a two-yard TD pass from Richard with just over three and a half minutes left in the first half and Laval picked up another safety with nine seconds to go until the break.

The Rouge et Or added three TDs in the third quarter as Alexis Cote (29-yard run), Dante Djan (two-yard pass from Samuel Chenard) and Mathieu Robitaille (18-yard pass from Chenard) found the end zone.

The fourth quarter was a scoreless affair.

The Gryphs had to come out of the game pleased with their running game that generated 109 yards on 27 carries. Laval had 118 yards on 18 carries.

Laval dominated the passing game, getting 244 yards on 25 receptions while the Gryphs gained 40 yards on seven completions. Guelph quarterbacks were intercepted twice and sacked twice while Laval quarterbacks were intercepted once and sacked twice.

Next up for the Gryphs will be their season opener Aug. 26 against the McMaster Marauders at Hamilton’s Ron Joyce Stadium. Game time is 3 p.m.


Rouge et Or 46 Gryphons 3
Guelph        3 0 0 0 – 3
Laval     16 9 21 0 – 46


Individual Stats
Rushing: J.Hooker 7-34; J.Jeffrey 5-29; K.Osei 3-18; J.Cimankinda 3-10; P.Pierre 4-7; D.Palmer-Salmon 2-7; T.Landers 3-4.
Passing: B.Lassenba 5-15-1-38; T.Landers 2-6-1-2.
Receiving: A.J. Chase 1-21; M.O’Shea 1-8; K.Smith 1-6; N.Johns 1-4; K.Belyk 1-3; Z.Fraser 1-minus 1; J.Kelly 1-minus 1.
Interceptions: A.Knowles 1-31.
Fumbles: J.Richards 1-0.
Sacks (UA-A): A.Cimankinda 1-0; C.Taggart 1-0.
Tackles (UA-A): A.J. Allen 6-0; B.Murphy 4-0; A.Knowles 3-0; A.Cimankinda 3-0; G.Brodie 3-0; D.Fascione 3-0; D.Aketepe 2-2; A.Mielczarek 2-1; S.Chaves 2-0; A.Hall 2-0; U.Kalenga 1-2; L.Korol 1-0; J.Reinhart 1-0; C.Wilson 1-0; S.Bergeron 1-0; A.K. Ismail 1-0; B.Lack 1-0; J.Cassista 1-0; E.Walker 1-0; C.Taggart 1-0; J.Richards 1-0; T.Robinson 0-1.
Rushing: A.Cote 3-37; P.Lessard-Vezina 5-26; V.Breton Robert 2-21; S.Chenard 1-12; D.Pelletier 3-11; C.Amoah 5-11.
Passing: H.Richard 17-21-1-169; S.Chenard 7-10-0-70; D.Pelletier 1-3-0-5.
Receiving: B.Gagnon-Brousseau 5-55; C.Dallaire 4-50; V.Forbes-Mombleau 4-41; J.Breton-Robert 3-20; F.Garand-Gauthier 2-18; H.Dupuis 2-16; D.Djan 2-7; M.Robitaille 1-18; C.Amoah 1-13; J.Duprey 1-6.
Interceptions: A.Auclair 1-99; M.Malinda 1-0.
Fumbles: None.
Sacks (UA-A): K.Harelimana 1-0; F.Bamrounsavath 1-0.
Tackles (UA-A): F.Pongo 5-0; F.Bamrounsavath 4-0; A.Auclair 4-0; K.Harelimana 4-0; M.Lavallee 3-2; L.Poirier-Viens 3-1; N.Viens 2-0; C.Gagne 2-0; M-A.Bellefroid 2-0; V.Desjardins 2-0; V.Levesque 1-1; C-A. Beaulieu 1-1; G.Ouellet 1-1; M-A. Varin 1-1; M.Betts 1-0; A.Poirier 1-0; L.Sapart 1-0; H.Richard 1-0; A.Gagnon 1-0; Z.Rouleau 1-0; M.Malinda 1-0; A.Brodeur 1-0; C.Achy 0-1.


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