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Lightning strikes twice for Gryphons

Football Gryphons fall to 0-2 after second-straight overtime loss in game delayed by lightning

LONDON – For the second consecutive week the Guelph Gryphons fell in overtime Monday night.

In a game that started two and a half hours late because of lightning, the Gryphs fell 41-34 to the third-ranked Western Mustangs at TD Stadium.

A pair of Gryphon penalties on Western’s first overtime possession put the ball on Guelph’s one yard line and Mustangs quarterback Stevenson Bone ran it in for the decisive score.

Guelph had its turn in overtime compromised when quarterback James Roberts was injured on the first play.

Guelph had taken a 31-24 lead in the fourth quarter on an 81-yard touchdown run by Johnny Augustine.

After the teams exchanged field goals, Western tied the game with 5:29 left on a short touchdown reception by Malik Besseghieur.

Guelph led 16-6 at the half.

Zeph Fraser had a pair of touchdown receptions amongst his team-best eight catches for the Gryphs and Gabe Ferraro was good on all four field goal attempts.

Roberts completed 20 of 28 pass attempts for 286 yards. He was sacked five times.

Western rolled up 596 yards in total offence, including 218 yards on the ground.

Penalties hurt the Gryphs, with 16 penalties accounting for 147 yards.

The Gryphons host the Windsor Lancers Saturday at 1 p.m.