No. 6 Guelph edges No. 9 McMaster 24-22 in Homecoming thriller

No. 6 Guelph edges No. 9 McMaster 24-22 in Homecoming thriller
Guelph, Ont. – Taylor Palmer had two key interceptions as the CIS No. 6 Guelph Gryphons defeated the No. 9 McMaster Marauders 24-22 in raining weather at Alumni Stadium in front of 12,000 fans during the Gryphons Homecoming Game.
 
The Gryphons remain undefeated with a 4-0 record and snapped their seven game losing streak against McMaster dating back to 2005. The Marauders drop to 2-3 on the season.
 
Rob Farquharson  had an impressive game, leading the Gryphons offence in rushing yards with a total of 119 net yards and averaging 6.6 yards per run. Homecoming was Farquharson's first performance of the 2013 season after sustaining a hamstring injury that had him sidelined for the beginning of the season.

Jazz Lindsey  also had an impressive game finishing 17-for-27 for 173 yards with no interceptions. Lindsey also had one rushing touchdown and a long run for 23 yards. Alex Charette led the offense with 69 yards receiving, with Saxon Lindsey close behind with 41 yards.
 
Jeff Finley  led the Gryphon defence in sacks with a total of two unassisted sacks. John Rush had six unassisted and one assisted tackles, with Colin Mandich close behind with five unassisted tackles and two assisted tackles.
 
The spark in the Gryphons game came in the third quarter when defensive back Taylor Palmer  intercepted a McMaster pass to set up Guelph on McMaster's 9-yard line for a first and goal. The Gryphons would score and Palmer would finish with another key interception in the game and a total of five tackles.
 
The game was slow to start; both offences were finding it difficult to get started against the opposing defences. McMaster put points on the board first with a 27-yard field goal by Tyler Crapigna (Nepean, Ont.), making it 3-0 early on in the first half. The Gryphons answered with a huge run by Rob Farquharson and Jazz Lindsey making it into field goal range. Daniel Ferraro (Mississauga, Ont.) scored a 19-yard field goal to tie it up at the end of the first quarter.
 
McMaster started out the second quarter inside of Guelph's 10-yard line. The Gryphons defence was able to keep them out of the end zone but could not stop the Marauders from putting up another field goal. Halfway through the second quarter, the Gryphons scored the first touchdown of the game after a 27-yard pass from Jazz Lindsey to Alex Charette (St. Catherines, Ont.) bringing the score to 10-6 for the Gryphons. The Marauders were able to score a touchdown in the last minute of the first half to take back the lead with a score of 13-10.

The Gryphon defence exploded onto the field at the start of the second half, making it very difficult for McMaster to gain any traction with their run-game, forcing numerous two-and-outs. A big interception by Taylor Palmer in the third quarter put Guelph on McMaster's 9-yard line for a first and goal. After a 5 yard gain, Jazz Lindsey ran it in himself to put another touchdown on the board for the Gryphons, making it 17-13. McMaster started again on their own 18 yard line, but another interception by Taylor Palmer brought the Gryphon offence back out on the field to start at the 47-yard line. After a big run by Rob Farquharson and two passes to Alex Charette, Guelph was in prime position for yet another touchdown. An illegal contact penalty and a pass interference call against the Marauders put the Gryphons on McMaster's 1-yard line. Farquharson was able to run it into the end zone to put the Gryphons up to 24-13.
 
McMaster fought back with Tyler Crapigna scoring a 43-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, getting back on the board with a score of 24-16. Both defences were successfully forcing the opposing offences to punt, until the Marauders scored a touchdown in the last 17 seconds of play to bring the score to a close 24-22. The Marauders attempted a two-point conversion but failed, resulting in a final score of 24-22.
 
The Guelph Gryphons hit the field next against the Waterloo Warriors in Waterloo with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m.

Source: Guelph Sports Info 



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