Posted: Sep 02, 2013
Guelph's Daniel Ferraro (Mississauga, Ont.) kicked a 17-yard field goal with only eight seconds left in the contest to hand the Gryphons a one-point victory.
Jazz Lindsey was 15-for-29 on 195 yards for the day. Saxon Lindsey led all receivers with six catches on 77 yards and played a crucial role in the Gryphons charge down the field in their last possession to set up the winning field goal.
John Rush (Niagara, Ont.) led the defence with four unassisted tackles and eight assisted tackles. The Gryphons put consistent pressure on quarterback Austin Kennedy, with Cam Walker as his biggest threat with two and a half sacks, and Jeff Finley close behind with one and a half sacks. Curtis Newton (London, Ont.) and Mackenzie Myers (Guelph, Ont.) both had a sack as well, totaling to five sacks for the Gryphon defence.
It stayed close for the rest of the first half, with both defences holding strong and keeping the opponent's offence at bay making the game a battle for extra points. Daniel Ferraro scored another field goal for the Gryphons and Windsor conceded a safety making it 12-2 for Guelph at the end of the first quarter. The Lancers started the second quarter with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Austin Kennedy (Windsor, Ont.) to Evan Pszczonak (Amherstburg, Ont.), and continued on for two rouge points by kicker Dan Cerino (Stoney Creek, Ont.), with Guelph conceding another safety. The score was 13-12 for the Lancers at the end of the first half.
The Gryphon defense exploded onto the field in the second half of the game, forcing Windsor to start on their own 6-yard line. Guelph pulled ahead after a big 15-yard interception return by Taylor Palmer (Niagara Falls, Ont.), scoring a touchdown in the opening minute of the third quarter. The Gryphons were unable to make the two-point conversion after a sack on quarterback Jazz Lindsey (Brampton, Ont.), making the score 18-13.
The Gryphons continued to put points on the board with a 20-yard field goal from Ferraro, but Windsor cut the lead after a 4-yard pass slipped by the Gryphon defense, making the score a close 21-20 for Guelph.
In the fourth quarter, Windsor pulled ahead after a 32-yard field goal by Dan Cerino, making it 23-21. With a 1:01 left in the game, Guelph began their final drive, starting on their own 9-yard line. After a run up the middle by Johnny Augustine (Welland, Ont.) and a big run by Alex Charette (St. Catherine, Ont.), Guelph made it up to the 52-yard line. After a huge pass to Saxon Lindsey (Markham, Ont.), Guelph was in Windsor's territory, on the 16-yard line. Two consecutive 3-yard runs from Jazz Lindsey and Johnny Augustine brought the Gryphons to the Lancer's 10-yard line. With 3.0 seconds left in the game, Daniel Ferraro scored a field goal that would give the Guelph Gryphons a 24-23 win over the Windsor Lancers.
Source: Guelph Sports Info