Junior Gryphs U18s top Brantford for openers

Junior Gryphs U18s top Brantford for openers

GUELPH – The Guelph Junior Gryphons opened their Ontario Summer Football League U18 campaign with a 22-16 victory over the Brantford Bisons Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

“Our kids were able to figure out a way and get it done so we’re really happy with the outcome,” Junior Gryphs head coach Stevenson Bone said.


Guelph Junior Gryphons 22 Brantford Bisons 16

A touchdown by Riley O’Brien with 1:48 to go three plays after Brantford turned the ball over on downs on their own five-yard line proved to be the winning score. Ethan Godinho kicked the convert.

The Bisons were left ruing the decision to go for it on third down so deep in their own zone when they scored their final touchdown about a minute later. Emilio Arruda scored that TD while Spencer Cockerill caught a two-yard convert pass.

The win was a little sweeter for the Junior Gryphs as they’re rated as a double-A team while Brantford’s a triple-A squad.

“Anytime a double-A opponent is going to play a triple-A opponent, it’s circled on our calendar,” Bone said. “The nice thing about today was that we were able to get all of our kids playing time. That was the nice thing about the way the OSFL has set up its structure this year. For us, we knew that Brantford is a town much like Guelph, same population size. We just wanted to make sure that we came out … prepped and ready to go. It was tough because even before the game the power was off at the stadium.”

A storm during a previous game at the stadium knocked the power out and lightning also caused an automatic delay for safety reasons.

For the Junior Gryphs, the match was their first in league play since 2019 due to the global pandemic.

While the Junior Gryphs came away with a win and felt great about that, the game did highlight areas the team needs to concentrate on before their next outing.

“We have tons of things to work on,” Bone said. “There were too many penalties, but that’s the nature of not being able to play a full game in two years for some of these kids. Some city centres cancelled football and this was their first game since they played in Grade 9. With different offences and more coaching and things like that, as we progress in the summer I think a lot of those mistakes will end up rectifying themselves.”

The Junior Gryphs had scored all of the first half’s points as they led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter and 8-0 at halftime. The hosts were up 15-8 at the end of the third quarter.

Cameron St. Kitts Park and Nate Snider each scored a touchdown for the locals while Godhino kicked a convert and the team registered a safety in the final minute of the opening half.

Cockerill scored a TD early in the third quarter for Brantford while Connor Plumstead converted it and then added a rouge right at the end of the quarter.

The Junior Gryphs have a stronger tie with the University of Guelph Gryphons than they’ve ever enjoyed before.

“It’s awesome because it allows our players, our current Gryphon players, to get coaching experience which is huge for them,” said Bone who is also the running backs coach and manager of football operations for the university squad. “When I was a player, my first road into the coaching profession was helping out in the summer. For them, they get to see the passion that the kids like to bring and the energy. I think that’s the biggest thing for them and for us as a Gryphon program. It’s helping the community and it’s also helping our kids and how they want to progress as coaches. Canada needs more young coaches and this allows them an opportunity for them to grow and make mistakes and get better.”

It also allows the Junior Gryphons players to get a taste of the university team’s schemes.

“We run the same offence and the same defence,” Bone said. “It’s a very watered down version, but it’s still a good stepping stone to come and learn a university system which is important because I think that’s how you get to translate some of your skills to the next level. For us, the thing that we did is we’re trying to run a wide-open kind of spread passing and running game where we want our athletes to make plays.

“We spread it out and throw the ball around. That’s kind of the mentality of our team and that’s the mentality of the Gryphons. We want to throw it out and around and get guys drafted into the CFL. For us it’s a feeder system into our program and then when the Toronto Argonauts aren’t here, our kids get to experience, the Junior Gryphons, get to experience the Pavilion and we get to do meetings in there as well. It’s good for the community.”

Next up for the Junior Gryphs is a game against the Quinte Skyhawks in Belleville Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

 

Other Junior Gryphon Scores

U10: Hamilton Junior Ticats 34 Guelph Junior Gryphons 30

U12: Hamilton Junior Ticats 27 Guelph Junior Gryphons 12

U12: Niagara Generals 49 Guelph Junior Gryphons 0 (May 13)

U14: Brantford Bisons at Guelph Junior Gryphons

U14: Essex Ravens 47 Guelph Junior Gryphons 8 (May 15)

U16: Brantford Bisons 29 Guelph Junior Gryphons 22

 

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Junior Gryphs U18s top Brantford for openers

GUELPH – The Guelph Junior Gryphons opened their Ontario Summer Football League U18 campaign with a 22-16 victory over the Brantford Bisons Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

“Our kids were able to figure out a way and get it done so we’re really happy with the outcome,” Junior Gryphs head coach Stevenson Bone said.


Guelph Junior Gryphons 22
Brantford Bisons 16

A touchdown by Riley O’Brien with 1:48 to go three plays after Brantford turned the ball over on downs on their own five-yard line proved to be the winning score. Ethan Godinho kicked the convert.

The Bisons were left ruing the decision to go for it on third down so deep in their own zone when they scored their final touchdown about a minute later. Emilio Arruda scored that TD while Spencer Cockerill caught a two-yard convert pass.

The win was a little sweeter for the Junior Gryphs as they’re rated as a double-A team while Brantford’s a triple-A squad.

“Anytime a double-A opponent is going to play a triple-A opponent, it’s circled on our calendar,” Bone said. “The nice thing about today was that we were able to get all of our kids playing time. That was the nice thing about the way the OSFL has set up its structure this year. For us, we knew that Brantford is a town much like Guelph, same population size. We just wanted to make sure that we came out … prepped and ready to go. It was tough because even before the game the power was off at the stadium.”

A storm during a previous game at the stadium knocked the power out and lightning also caused an automatic delay for safety reasons.

For the Junior Gryphs, the match was their first in league play since 2019 due to the global pandemic.

While the Junior Gryphs came away with a win and felt great about that, the game did highlight areas the team needs to concentrate on before their next outing.

“We have tons of things to work on,” Bone said. “There were too many penalties, but that’s the nature of not being able to play a full game in two years for some of these kids. Some city centres cancelled football and this was their first game since they played in Grade 9. With different offences and more coaching and things like that, as we progress in the summer I think a lot of those mistakes will end up rectifying themselves.”

The Junior Gryphs had scored all of the first half’s points as they led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter and 8-0 at halftime. The hosts were up 15-8 at the end of the third quarter.

Cameron St. Kitts Park and Nate Snider each scored a touchdown for the locals while Godhino kicked a convert and the team registered a safety in the final minute of the opening half.

Cockerill scored a TD early in the third quarter for Brantford while Connor Plumstead converted it and then added a rouge right at the end of the quarter.

The Junior Gryphs have a stronger tie with the University of Guelph Gryphons than they’ve ever enjoyed before.

“It’s awesome because it allows our players, our current Gryphon players, to get coaching experience which is huge for them,” said Bone who is also the running backs coach and manager of football operations for the university squad. “When I was a player, my first road into the coaching profession was helping out in the summer. For them, they get to see the passion that the kids like to bring and the energy. I think that’s the biggest thing for them and for us as a Gryphon program. It’s helping the community and it’s also helping our kids and how they want to progress as coaches. Canada needs more young coaches and this allows them an opportunity for them to grow and make mistakes and get better.”

It also allows the Junior Gryphons players to get a taste of the university team’s schemes.

“We run the same offence and the same defence,” Bone said. “It’s a very watered down version, but it’s still a good stepping stone to come and learn a university system which is important because I think that’s how you get to translate some of your skills to the next level. For us, the thing that we did is we’re trying to run a wide-open kind of spread passing and running game where we want our athletes to make plays.

“We spread it out and throw the ball around. That’s kind of the mentality of our team and that’s the mentality of the Gryphons. We want to throw it out and around and get guys drafted into the CFL. For us it’s a feeder system into our program and then when the Toronto Argonauts aren’t here, our kids get to experience, the Junior Gryphons, get to experience the Pavilion and we get to do meetings in there as well. It’s good for the community.”

Next up for the Junior Gryphs is a game against the Quinte Skyhawks in Belleville Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

 

Other Junior Gryphon Scores

U10: Hamilton Junior Ticats 34 Guelph Junior Gryphons 30

U12: Hamilton Junior Ticats 27 Guelph Junior Gryphons 12

U12: Niagara Generals 49 Guelph Junior Gryphons 0 (May 13)

U14: Brantford Bisons at Guelph Junior Gryphons

U14: Essex Ravens 47 Guelph Junior Gryphons 8 (May 15)

U16: Brantford Bisons 29 Guelph Junior Gryphons 22

 

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