The Guelph Gryphons Junior Varsity and Varsity footballs teams took on their Brantford Bisons counterparts Saturday June 21 in Ontario Football Conference league action at Alumni Stadium.
Neither offence scored in the first two quarters, which saw Brantford up 7-3 headed into halftime. Guelph’s points came off a missed field goal kicked behind the end zone and a Brantford safety. Brantford’s seven points came off an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The half ended in a bizarre way when, with seconds left, a Guelph field goal attempt was tipped at the line of scrimmage, sending the ball bobbling along the ground into the end zone where it was picked up by a Brantford player who was immediately tackled. The referees charged Guelph with a “no yards” penalty on the play, and Brantford got one last play from just outside their end zone with no time left on the clock. They took a knee.
Though Guelph scored a touchdown run in the second half, the story of the game was turnovers, as Guelph committed 10 over the course of the game, with key interceptions thrown with 3 minutes and again with 30 seconds left in the game (the second was returned for a touchdown).
“We need to do us a lot better,” Guelph head coach Matt Nesbitt commented. “We had ten turnovers and other than that last play we would have lost by 3 points […] So I’m not saying that Brantford didn’t play a winnable game, but we definitely gave them that game. There’s a lot for us to work on and I guarantee you we’ll be much better going forward.”
Final score 19-10 for Brantford.
Jr. Varsity photo slideshow:
The Varsity Gryphons didn’t fare any better than their Junior counterparts. Guelph hoped to bounce back from their tightly contested 24-21 defeat at the hands of the Hamilton Hurricanes last week, but the Brantford Bisons proved too much to handle. The Gryphon offense was out of sync throughout most of the game and their defense couldn’t find a way to stop Bisons’ running back David Adeniran Jr.
The Gryphons offense gained some momentum in the final quarter when they capitalized on multiple Bisons’ penalties with both a running and passing touchdown, but their hopes were dashed after conceding an interception with 1:30 left in the game. The loss puts the Gryphons at a 3-2 record.
Final score 25-15 for Brantford.
Varsity photo slideshow: