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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.
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QUEEN'S 37, GUELPH 23
No. 5 QUEEN'S DEFEATS No. 4 GUELPH 37-23 FOR SECOND PLACE IN OUA
By Shawn MacDonald, Queen's Sports Information
The No. 5 Queen's Gaels exploded for 30 unanswered points to come from behind and defeat the No. 4 Guelph Gryphons 37-23 as the OUA football regular season concluded on Saturday.
The win catapulted the Gaels into second place in the OUA standings improving to a 7-1 record, earning the playoff tiebreak against the Gryphons who also finish 7-1. Queen's will enjoy a bye next week while Guelph will host Windsor in the opening round of the OUA playoffs.
Billy McPhee (Burlington, Ont.) tossed three touchdowns and 294-yards in the win going 24-35 with an interception.
"Billy was good, he was really good," said head coach Pat Sheahan on his quarterback. "I would go as far as to say that was Billy McPHee's best game here as a Queen's Gael."
"The one contsant throughout the game was Billy, I thought that he played really well and good players make other players around you better and he did that today."
The critical point of the game would come just before halftime with Guelph holding a 16-7 lead. Queen's mounted a 76-yard, seven play drive with McPhee connecting with Aaron Gazendam (Kingston, Ont.) on a 16-yard pass to score with 52 seconds remaining. Fifty-one seconds later, Dillon Wamsley (London, Ont.) hit a 19-yard field goal to take a 17-16 lead into the half.
In the second half, Queen's posted 20 more points to put the game out of reach for the Gryphons. Guelph tried to mount a late comeback, scoring a touchdown with 2:18 left in the game, but an interception with just over a minute to play by Yann Dika-Balotoken (Toronto) would seal the game for the Gaels.
Guelph's Jazz Lindsey was 18 of 34 tossing 280 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Queen's defence terrorized the Guelph quarterback sacking Lindsay three times and picking him off another three in the win. Leading the way on defence for Queen's was Andrew Lue (Markham, Ont.) who had two of the Gaels' three interceptions.
Ryan Granberg (Sherwood Park, Alta.) rushed for 95-yards on 14 attempts for the Gaels while Scott Macdonell was Queen's top receivier with 96 yards and a touchdown on the Gaels' opening drive.
Guelph's Carl Trivieri was the game's top receiver hauling in 136 yards on six receptions with one touchdown in the loss.
NOTES: Home sweet home – Queen's is riding a 13 game winning streak at Richardson Stadium since opening week of the 2011 season… Announced attendance at the second Queen's homecoming game of the season was 9,037.
GAELS LOCK UP BYE TO SEMIS
By Patrick Kennedy, The Whig-Standard
“What’s wrong with revenge? It’s the perfect way to get even.” - Archie Bunker.
Queen’s Golden Gaels’ convincing 37-23 victory over Guelph, Saturday afternoon before a sell-out crowd at Richardson Stadium, helped ease the sting of a pair of stunning defeats suffered last year at the hands of these same Gryphons.
Not entirely, though.
Prudent Pat Sheahan, the Gaels’ head coach, made that point following a win that clinched second spot for his troops and earned Queen’s a bye through next week’s opening round of Ontario University Athletics football playoffs.
“There’s been a lot of talk about the monkey on our back,” Sheahan said. "Well, it’s half off,” he added, hinting at the distinct possibility that these two rivals will hook horns again in two weeks time at the same venue.
“Games like this, however, are confidence builders,” he said.
Last year the Gryphons twice erased large deficits en route to triumphs over the Gaels, including a 22-point comeback in a match that mattered most: a playoff tilt that ended the Tricolour’s campaign.
Except for a mild lapse in the second quarter on Saturday, the Gaels were full marks for the win, much to the delight of 9,000 onlookers who took in Homecoming Part II.
Queen’s dominated statistically: 439 yards of offence, 100 more than Guelph; 37 first downs to 14 for Guelph; 145 rushing yards to a paltry 58 for the Gryphon ground attack.
Quarterback Billy McPhee fired three TD strikes and completed 24 of 37 passes overall for 294 yards. Nothing fancy, no long bombs (his longest completion a modest 24 yards), just a thorough, consistent outing for the bullet-armed Burlington boy.
“Bill was calm and confident,” Sheahan praised his fourth-year pivot. “I would go as far as to say that this was his best game as a Queen’s Golden Gael.
“He’s taken a lot of criticism in the past,” he added. “(Saturday) was a day to compliment him. He was very good.”
The nationally-televised game between the nation’s fourth- and fifth-ranked clubs started with the latter driving 96 yards on eight plays, culminating on Scott Macdonell’s seven-yard TD reception.
Leading 7-2 early in Quarter 2, the Gaels stumbled somewhat. They surrendered a pair of TDs less than three minutes apart, the second one set up by a high, short onside kick caught in the air by Gryphon Jacob Scarfone, who leapt Lebron-like over a Gael.
That 16-7 lead was as good as it got for Guelph, which gave up the next 30 points en route to its first loss of the season.
Queen’s (7-1) went into the locker room at halftime with momentum after turning a nine-point deficit, with less than a minute remaining in the half, into a one-point lead. First Aaron Gazendam hauled in a 16-yard scoring strike, capping a 76-yard drive highlighted by Daniel Heslop’s 25-yard gallop on a wonderfully-executed draw play.
A two-and-out by the Gryphon offence and a weak punt gave Queen’s a first down at the Guelph 21. With three seconds left, kicker Dillon Wamsley booted a 19-yard field goal to restore a lead the winners would not again relinquish.
Heslop and Peter Hannon also tallied majors for the victors while Wamsley added two more field goals, 29 and 24 yards, respectively.
Jazz Lindsey, Carl Trivien and A’Dre Fraser scored touchdowns for coach Stu Lang’s Gryphons.
“Our running game struggled,” said Lang, the Queen’s hall-of-famer under whose direction the resurgent Gryphons program went from a dismal 2-6 in 2011 to 7-1 last year and again this season. “We faced far too many second-and-long situations instead of second-and five, second-and four, and (Gaels defensive co-ordinator) Pat Tracey threw in a couple of wrinkles that surprised us.
“We thought we’d come out of the first half with the lead,” he added, “but we let them back in.
“We played well, but we were not the best team on the field today.”
The Guelph ground game was stymied time and again by the Gaels’ defensive line and a linebacking corps buttressed by the return of all-star Sam Sabourin.
“Our game plan was to stop the run, shut down the run game and make them more of a one-dimensional team,” said defensive lineman Derek Wiggan, a force in the trenches along with fellow hog Cory Dyer.
McPhee said the chance to avenge the aforementioned two losses to Guelph motivated the host club, as did a chance to knock off the No. 4-ranked team in the nation.
Take-aways also loomed large in the aftermath, he added. Queen’s recovered two Gryphon fumbles and picked off quarterback Lindsey three times.
“We won the turnover battle,” added McPhee, who won over the fans and his teammates with a splendid performance.
One of those turnovers occurred when Queen’s lineman Dyer ran down a Guelph ball-carrier from behind and stripped the ball loose.
“He must’ve been getting tired,” quipped the humble Gananoque product.
The highlight of the afternoon, one that drew plenty of applause from keen observers, went to Gaels second-year man Curtis Carmichael. He sprung punt returner Doug Corby loose on a 36 yard return with a devastating block that wiped out not one but two would-be tacklers.
The game’s hardest hit? That honour went to Queen’s defensive back Justin Baronaitis who stapled Alex Charette into the gridiron in the fourth quarter.
GAELS CLAIM SECOND PLACE WITH 37-23 WIN OVER GUELPH
By Claude Scilley, SportKingston
It may not have been a perfect football game for the Queen’s Golden Gaels Saturday afternoon, but the good things they did so greatly overshadowed the bad that their 37-23 win over the Guelph Gryphons somehow seemed darn close to flawless.
There was very little with which to find fault in a performance where the Gaels:
• Scored in each quarter, getting more points and gaining more yards than any other opponent had done against the league’s premier defence;
• Handed the nation’s No. 4-ranked team its first defeat of the season and in so doing gave Queen’s second place in the conference, a first-round playoff bye and home field in the semifinals;
• Held Rob Farquharson, Guelph’s all-star running back, to 49 yards in 14 carries, 70 yards less than in his next-poorest game this year;
• Answered a 14-point Guelph explosion early in the second quarter by calmly allowing the visitors just 39 more yards in the remainder of the first half;
• Got a splendid performance from quarterback Billy McPhee, who completed almost 70 per cent of his passes, three of them for touchdowns.
It was a convincing performance for a team that was eager to overcome the stigma of two defeats at Guelph last year where similarly dominant performances for most of each game live only as shadows in the memory of big leads that were blown on the way to defeat.
“People talk about the monkey off our back,” Queen’s coach Pat Sheahan said. “What I would say now is it’s half off.
“We’re likely to play this team again in two weeks and we can ill afford to take them for granted, but this is an emotional victory for our club. Games like these are confidence builders. Our kids were on a mission today and they accomplished their objectives.”
An impressive 96-yard drive to open the game put Queen’s ahead 7-0 and after conceding a safety the Gaels were still in command entering the second quarter, having allowed the visitors just eight yards of offence in the opening 15 minutes.
Then the Gaels took a double body blow. They failed to make first down on a fake punt and turned the ball over at midfield, leading two plays later to a Guelph touchdown. Then, on a spectacular play by Jacob Scarfone, who went high into the air for the football, Guelph recovered the subsequent kickoff.
This time it took five plays for Guelph to score — one of them a dubious pass interference penalty — and suddenly, a game the Gaels had well in hand just three minutes earlier found them trailing 16-7.
The unsuccessful fake punt changed the complexion of the game, Sheahan said.
“What it did was breathe a little life into them,” he said. “All of a sudden it’s a ball game.”
The Gaels maintained their composure, however, and settled the game into a non-descript exchange of possessions until the final two minutes, when Queen’s put together a scoring drive that ended with McPhee throwing to Aaron Gazendam for a 16-yard touchdown.
After the Queen’s defence held, Dillon Wamsley booted a 19-yard field goal. With 10 points in the final 52 seconds of the half, Queen’s went into the intermission with a 17-16 lead.
It was a significant turn of events.
“When there’s a scoring play in the last minute of the half, the other team has to go in and sit on it,” Sheahan said. “They had the lead, had a little bit of emotion, and then they have to sit there (after watching) the lead go away.
“Of course, there’s an equal and opposite reaction from the team that gets it. They come in, they’re jacked up and can’t wait to get back out there.”
Guelph coach Stu Lang corrected a reporter who asked why his team wasn’t able to sustain the momentum of the two quick scores.
“I’m not sure we ever had the momentum,” he said. “We scored some points but we never put anything together. Our points were off big plays, special teams, turnovers … but we never really put together a full drive to give our defence some rest and control the ball and score some points.”
With Farquharson tackled for a loss three of the first four times he carried the ball, Guelph’s offence was in trouble from the start.
“The running sets up everything,” Lang said. “(Queen’s defensive co-ordinator) Pat Tracey always has some special things for us. He was more successful today than we were.”
It was a solid game plan, Gaels defensive lineman Derek Wiggan agreed.
“Farquharson is a great back,” Wiggan said. “By shutting him down we forced them to be more one-dimensional, forced them to pass, which makes easy two-and-outs and gives our offence the ball back quickly.”
Wiggan’s colleague, Cory Dyer, gave credit to the Gaels’ secondary, which intercepted three of Guelph quarterback Jazz Lindsey’s passes.
“Our DBs played great, they were all over the field today,” Dyer said. “We were able to shut down the run, so (Guelph) didn’t get much on first down and that put them in a lot of second-and-long situations, which we were ready for.
“We knew what they were going to throw at us. They had a short field both times (they scored). Those were the only real plays they got on us in the first half so as a defence we knew we could go back out there and dominate them again. That’s what we did, for the most part.”
With the game in the balance in the third quarter, Guelph just 43 yards of offence — 34 of it one one play — and one first down as the Gaels stretched the lead to 11 points.
McPhee said it was important that the Gaels won the turnover battle. Guelph committed four of them and though Queen’s converted just one of them into points, one snuffed a drive deep in Queen’s territory immediately after Guelph blocked a punt and another allowed the Gaels to kill most of the remaining 70 seconds off the clock.
“It was important in terms of maintaining possession, in terms of maintaining field position, and making it easy on our offence,” McPhee said.
For McPhee and most of his teammates, Saturday’s victory was their first ever over Guelph, and the memory of three straight defeats was present.
“We thought of it,” he said. “If you’re not thinking about it, what’s your motivation? Our motivation was also a playoff bye, our motivation was what happened in the past and I think another great motivating factor was they’re ranked fourth in the country. Any time you play a Top 5 opponent you need to get up and be ready for the game.”
Overall, Sheahan said it was a “pretty good” performance.
“I think the better team won today,” he said. “We played really well (in the first half). We had 270 yards offence, more than twice as many first downs as they did, time of possession heavily favoured us. I thought the defence had done a good job.
“We unravelled for a couple of minutes and that’s where they got their points (but I knew) if we just stay calm and go back out there … and re-establish things, we would be fine.”
For Lang’s team, the loss ended a 14-game regular-season winning streak.
“I told the guys it’s been a long time since we had one of these games,” he said. “These guys have won more games in the last two years than any OUA team but sometimes it takes a loss to learn from.
“The plan is to get back here (in the semifinals) and correct the faults.”
Notebook — One of the best plays of the day does not appear in the statistical summary. It was a block by backup Gaels receiver Curtis Carmichael on Guelph’s first punt of the second half. With Doug Corby trying to get outside the Gryphons downfield coverage, Carmichael met a would-be Guelph tackler at the corner, timed his hit so it wouldn’t be from behind, and not only bowled that man over, he knocked him into the next Guelph player with a shot at tackling Corby. With those two players on the ground, Corby was sprung for a 36-yard return that ultimately set the Gaels up for a field goal. “In the bowels of a big win there’s always those big role type plays that you need and he delivered on that one,” Sheahan said. “I told Curtis they’re going to talk about that play for 20 years.” … A fourth-quarter touchdown by rookie receiver Peter Hannon was the first of his intercollegiate career. McPhee delivered a bullet into the end zone for the eight-yard score. “How about that,” Sheahan said. “I think it hit his hands before he saw it.” … Linebacker Sam Sabourin returned to the Queen’s lineup after a two-game absence, as did receiver Justin Chapdelaine. DB Brendan Morgan and guard Blake Sirio also came off the injured list. All-star receiver Giovanni Aprile, hurt last Friday night at Waterloo, spent the game on the sideline, his right arm in a sling. … The Gaels will have next week off as they await their semifinal opponent. Guelph, 7-1, finishes third and will host Windsor next week. The Lancers were beaten in Ottawa Saturday 45-15 to finish the season 4-4. Fourth-place McMaster will host Ottawa in the other quarter-final. McMaster edged Carleton 45-3 Saturday as both the Marauders and Gee-Gees finished the schedule 5-3. Queen’s will play the highest-ranking survivor, while the other quarter-final winner will play top-seeded Western in the other semifinal match.
BILLY MCPHEE PLAYS "BEST GAME AT QUEEN'S"
By Claude Scilley, SportKingston
If there was a play that embodied the performance of Billy McPhee Saturday afternoon, it would not be any of the three touchdown passes he threw against the Guelph Gryphons.
It may not be the splendid sideline pass the Queen’s Golden Gaels quarterback completed to Doug Corby that ultimately led to a touchdown in the third quarter, or either of the two fine runs he made after scrambling out of trouble in the middle part of his team’s 37-23 victory.
Perhaps the play that epitomized McPhee’s day was actually one that ended with him on his back.
It came early in the fourth quarter. Queen’s was leading 27-16 and the Gaels were facing second down at the Guelph six-yard line. There was a botched assignment, McPhee was in trouble and he went down, ultimately for a 16-yard loss.
Dillon Wamsley came onto the field and kicked a field goal that made the Gaels’ lead an even two touchdowns.
Despite its outcome, that play typified McPhee’s calm outward demeanor throughout the game.
“There were times, perhaps, when he would have made an impetuous throw but he did the poised quarterback thing, which was (go down), take the three points and get out of there,” Queen’s coach Pat Sheahan said.
Some day people might look back at this as a watershed game for McPhee, so contrasted as it is to the Gaels’ playoff game last year at Guelph, where the Queen’s quarterback threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter as the Gryphons rallied from a 22-point deficit, eventually to win in overtime.
Indeed, the collective composure displayed by the Gaels in the face of strikingly similar circumstances Saturday — when a blocked punt and a recovered kickoff led to 14 points in a span of just three minutes — was doubtless the essence of the Queen’s victory.
At the centre of it was McPhee.
“Oh, boy, was he calm,” Sheahan said. “He was confident. He knew he would play well. When you go out there and you perform well you know it and he felt that he was in command.
“Billy was good. He was really good … the one constant throughout the game. I would go so far as to say that was Billy McPhee’s best game here at Queen’s.”
Execution-wise, McPhee was never better than on that sideline pass to Corby, a perfectly thrown football that the receiver caught one step in bounds in double coverage.
“The high player was coming over, there was a guy in chase mode. (The ball) had to be there,” Sheahan said. “It was well done.”
McPhee completed 24 of 35 passes yesterday, his second-straight terrific game. In the last three games, McPhee has completed 44 of his last 60 passes, dating to the fourth quarter of the Laurier game. That’s a .733 completion percentage.
It’s a statistic that has helped to right a year-to-date performance that had listed more than 100 points from a year ago, when only three other quarterbacks in the land had a better completion percentage than McPhee’s .625.
In his last three games, McPhee has thrown one interception. He finished the regular year with just four, less than half the number he threw a year ago and tied for the fewest in Canada this year among quarterbacks with more than 200 pass attempts.
“Good players make other players around you better and he did that today,” Sheahan said. “Good on Bill. He’s taken lots of criticism from a lot of corners over the years. Today’s the day to compliment him for the game he played for Queen’s, because I thought it was great.”
Qns — TD, Macdonell 7 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 4:05
Gph — Safety, Chapdelaine concedes 8:36
Gph — TD, J. Lindsey 6 run (Ferraro convert) 1:03
Gph — TD, Trivieri 8 pass from J. Lindsey (Ferraro convert) 3:59
Qns — TD, Gazendam 16 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 14:08
Qns — FG, Wamsley 19 14:57
Qns — FG, Wamsley 29 4:23
Qns — TD, Heslop 24 (Wamsley convert) 14:35
Qns — FG, Wamsley 24 1:16
Qns — TD, Hannon 8 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 11:18
Gph — TD, Fraser 5 pass from J. Lindsey (Ferraro convert) 12:42
Guelph 2 14 0 7 — 23
Queen’s 7 10 10 10 — 37
Attendance — 7,000.
First downs 14 22
Yards rushing 69 185
Yards passing 280 294
Total offence 338 439
Passes made-tried 18-34 24-35
Interceptions by 1 3
Fumbles-fumbles lost 2-2 2-1
Punts-average yards 11-35 8-37
Penalties-total yards 5-55 8-69
Guelph — Farquharson 14 carries for 55 yards, J. Lindsey 6-15, Charette 1-5.
Queen’s — Granberg 14-95, Heslop 12-69, McPhee 4-21.
Guelph — J. Lindsey completed 18 of 34 for 280 yards, 2 TDs, 3 interceptions.
Queen’s — McPhee 24-35, 294 yards, 3 TDs, 1 interception.
Guelph — Trivieri 6 catches for 136 yards, 1 TD; Charette 6-84, S.Lindsey 3-40, Fraser 2-16, 1 TD; Walker 1-4.
Queen’s — Macdonell 7-96, 1 TD; Carroll 6-68, Gazendam 4-43, 1 TD; Corby 4-43, Hannon 2-21, 1 TD; Chapdelaine 1-23.
Guelph — Ferraro 11 for 381 yards, avg. 34.6, longest 48.
Queen’s — Wamsley 8-299, avg. 37.4, longest 42.
By Guelph — Palmer.
By Queen’s — Lue 2 (2), Dika-Balotoken (5).
By Guelph — Newton (3), Walker (6), Thompson (5.5), Lonsdale (1).
By Queen’s — Leroux (3.5), Dyer (6), Flude (1.5).
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