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PREVIEW: OUA Semifinal Saturday

Photo: Greg Mason. Gee-Gees Football.
Photo: Greg Mason. Gee-Gees Football.

The Gee-Gees host an OUA conference semifinal this Saturday, hosting the Guelph Gryphons at 1 p.m. Ottawa will be fresh from a bye week earned as the no. 2 seed during the regular season, while the Gryphons won their way into the semifinal with a 45-34 win in quarterfinal play.

 

Tickets are available online at tickets.geegees.ca and the game will be webcast live on OUA.tv

 

Both teams enter Saturday in the national Top Ten, with Ottawa staying steady for the fifth straight week at no. 5, while Guelph has risen back up to no. 6 after its playoff win.

 

The no. Gee-Gees bested the Gryphons in week three at Gee-Gees Field with a 12-10 score. It was the lowest score of the season for Guelph, whose non-combatants in the regular season were no. 1 ranked Western and no. 8 ranked Carleton.

 

A key to success for Ottawa in that first matchup was limiting the Guelph ground game, as the Gryphons totaled just 125 rushing yards as a team – another season low. On the flip side, Dawson Odei had one of his best games of the season racking up a season-high 153 yards on 30 carries and scoring the game's opening touchdown. Odei ranked as the second leading rusher in the OUA this season with an average of 114.8 yards per game.

 

A difference-maker for the Gryphons late in the season, Jean-Paul Cimankinda, has three straight games with 100 or more rushing yards but he did not have a carry against Ottawa in September.

 

The Gee-Gees defence also spent most of the teams' previous meeting directly in the face of Guelph quarterback Theo Landers, bringing him down in the backfield seven times. The Gee-Gees finished the season with 23 sacks as a team, led by four apiece from Reshaan Davis and Cody Baranyk.

 

Jamie Harry led the OUA with six interceptions, with Luke Griese in third with four. The Sept. 8 meeting between the teams was the only game this season in which the Garnet and Grey did not record an interception. Guelph's most dangerous cover man is Dotun Aketepe who picked three passes at safety in the regular season.

 

The winners of the OUA semifinals will advance to the Yates Cup championship, to be held Saturday, November 10 at the highest remaining seed.