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Queen's Golden Gaellery by Jeff Chan
Queen's at Toronto 20110930
All photos are by Jeff Chan. Jeff is past Chairman of the Vanier Cup - Canada's University Football Championship and the Premier University Event in Canada, and was a member of the Canadian College Bowl Board and Vanier Cup Organizing Committee from 1978-2000.
All photos are Copyright (c) Jeff Chan 2000-2011, and may be used for personal non-commercial applications including by Queen's University, the CIS and its member conferences, so long as photo credits are shown or the photos are otherwise attributed to Jeff Chan. All other rights, including for all corporate use, are reserved.
QUEEN'S 13 TORONTO 6
VILLAGE KICKS HIS WAY INTO HISTORY IN WIN OVER TORONTO
Adapted from recap by Christopher Lund, Queen's Sports Information
Dan Village kicked two field goals to lead the Queen's Gaels (3-2) over the Toronto Varsity Blues (2-3) while becoming the Gaels' all-time leading field goal kicker in a rain filled affair at Varsity Centre.
Both teams struggled to generate any scoring over the course of four quarters. A torrential downpour in the first half would see three fumbles and 558 punting yards between the two squads. Toronto managed to move the ball well despite the weather, with QB Andrew Gillis throwing for 165 yards, compared to the Gaels’ offence, which struggled with only 16 yards in the air. Toronto was the first to break through when Andrew Lomasney of Toronto kicked an eight yard field goal at the 12 minute mark of the second quarter. The two teams went into the halftime break with the Varsity Blues ahead by a 3-0 score.
Lomasney increased Toronto's lead to six points with a second field goal from 19 yards away at the four minute mark of the third quarter. His 19 yard kick was the last of Toronto's points on the evening.
The Gaels took the lead halfway through the third quarter when Boris Isakov helped the Gaels block a punt and returned it 18 yards for a Gaels touchdown. The ensuing Village extra point was the game winner as the Gaels went ahead 7-6.
Village tied Jamie Galloway's Gaels record of 47 field goals with a 22 yard kick before time expired in the third quarter. His 13 yard field goal in the fourth quarter was enough to surpass Galloway's mark and become the all-time Gaels leader with 48.
The Varsity Blues threatened the lead with less than two minutes left in the game. With third and goal inside the Gaels five yard line, Andrew Gillis of Markham, Ont. was fooled by a bad snap which resulted in a fumble and a Gaels recovery by Sam Sabourin. After Justin Chapdelaine of Abbotsford, B.C. got the Gaels a first down on second and long, Craig Rushon of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. ran the Gaels to a first down and forced a Toronto face mask penalty which gave Queen's the cushion they needed to seal the win.
Gillis was the top offensive player for the Varsity Blues as he recorded 277 yards passing (21 of 45) in a losing effort. Father Raymond's favourite Blue, Wilkerson DeSouza of Mississauga, ON was Toronto's top tackler with eight solo tackles, while Dorian Munroe of Miami, Fla., U.S.A. was a strong performer for Toronto with 79 punt return yards.
Rushon was the Gaels top offensive performer on the night with 109 yards rushing on 16 carries (his first 100-yard effort for Queen's). The Gaels' Ryan Granberg was sidelined with a knee injury sustained in the late stages of the York victory and did not make the trip to Rob Ford's kingdom. Justin Chapdelaine was the top receiving target for the Gaels with 55 yards on three catches. Billy McPhee of Burlington, Ont. struggled against the elements early and couldn't find a rhythm as he threw for 91 yards (7/21)although he was the victim of some untimely penalties and dropped passes.
On defence the Gaels were led by Toronto natives Derek Wiggan (8 tackles) and Anthony Marino (6 tackles). Frank Pankewich of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Sam Sabourin of Stittsville, Ont. were both impact players for the Gaels as they recorded tackles for losses and were disruptive forces in the win. John Miniaci also had a sack before being forced out of the game with a lower body injury and beginning a new relationship with a megaphone-toting Toronto fan. Overall, the Queen's held Toronto to only 8 rushing yards and 2 field goals, had 2 sacks, and recovered 3 fumbles.
U of T honoured OUA quarterback greats, Toronto’s Dan Feraday (1976-78, 1980-81) and Queen’s Tom Denison (2001-03), in a special halftime ceremony as apart of the Hall of Fame game…Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was at the game and performed the coin toss as well as the ceremonial kick-off.
Among the 2,195 in attendance were many Queen's fans,alumni, Bandsies, and football alumni. The latter included from the 2009 Vanier Cup champions - Danny Brannagan, Dan Bederman, Blaise Morrison, Chris Smith, Alex Daprato, Jon Koidis, Vince De Civita, TJ Leeper; 1968 Vanier QB Don Bayne, QFC President Dan Pawliw, John Lynch, Gord Hall, Mike Douglas, Rob Leeper, Mike Navo, Andrew Peppin, Gord McLellan, Joffre Chesser, Alex Williams, Craig Thompson, Adam Ross, Mitch Smith, John Northcote, Wally Mellor, Marc Mitchell - Special Teams Coordinator for the Blues, and many others I missed or who were washed away from my memory by the heavy rain and wind.
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