Gryphons get first OUA football win for head coach

OTTAWA – The Guelph Gryphons collected their first victory of the OUA football season as they toppled the eighth-ranked Carleton Ravens 37-20 Sunday night at Carleton’s MNP Park.

The win was the first of the season for the Gryphons and the first for Ryan Sheahan as a head coach in Canadian university football.

While the Gryphs picked up the win, it was their defence and special teams that did the majority of their scoring.

As was the case in the season opener against the McMaster Marauders a week earlier, Clark Barnes returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. This one went for 106 yards.

The Gryphs also scored touchdowns on two interception returns, one in each half. Jared Beeksma returned one 31 yards late in the first half to give Guelph a 20-17 lead at the intermission. It came nine seconds after Eric Stranz had booted a 26-yard field goal.

A.J. Allen returned another interception 25 yards late in the third quarter to put the Gryphs ahead for good.

Quarterback Theo Landers had Guelph’s other touchdown on a one-yard plunge with 1:49 to go in the game. That was the first TD scored by Guelph’s offence this season.

Stranz had all the other points for the Gryphs as he hit field goals of 34, 26 and 19 yards as well as four converts.

Carleton had two TDs, both on passes. Quarterback Tanner Dejong hit Quinton Soares on a 91-yard scoring play midway through the first quarter and Chad Manchulenko hauled in an eight-yard toss from Dejong for a major late in the second quarter.

Keiran Flannery-Fleck kicked a 40-yard field goal and a convert for the Ravens while Vincent Plouffe also kicked a convert.

The Gryphs got the win although Carleton had five yards more of total offence (283 to 278).

Landers completed 10 passes for 135 yards and neither he nor back-up Dante Djan were intercepted.

Running back Kaine Stevenson, who also completed a pass, had 21 carries for 55 yards while Landers had 41 yards on eight carries.

Jordan Terrio was the favourite target for Landers as Terrio caught five passes for 100 yards.

Despite returning the opening one 106 yards for a TD, Barnes was somehow only credited with 66 yards on three kickoff returns. Kiondre Smith returned eight punts for 47 yards.

The Gryphs didn’t cough the ball up at all in the game while Guelph’s defence had two interceptions, a fumble recovery and five sacks.

Job Reinhart had eight tackles, four for losses, and 2½ sacks while Alain Cimankinda had 1½ sacks and Greg Corfield also had a sack.

Harry Robinson had a fumble recovery on a kickoff.

The result leaves both teams at 1-1-0.

The Gryphs are to host the York Lions (0-1-0) Saturday at Alumni Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m.


Gryphons 37 Ravens 20
Guelph       7-13-7-10–37
Carleton       10-7-3-0–20
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