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Guelph native Reinhart plays a varied and valued role with Gryphons (8 photos)

Gryphons score team-record 82 points in big win over Windsor Lancers
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Job Reinhart has no problem being a Jack of all trades for the Gryphon football team.

The Guelph CVI and Guelph Minor Football grad has turned into quite a multi-dimensional player for the Gryphs, who set an all-time team record for points scored on Saturday with an 82-10 dismantling of the Windsor Lancers at Alumni Stadium.

Reinhart is the team's long-snapper, plays linebacker, special teams and also occasionally steps in as a blocking back on short-yardage situations. When the opposing team is in a short-yardage situation, he can line up as a lineman.

"Any way I can get on the field, I'm more than happy," said the six-foot, 230-pound Reinhart after Saturday's big win.

"They're all different. They're all fun in different ways. But as long as I'm playing football, that's the main thing."

It might be the role of long snapper that is most important going forward.

His brother Jake, a former Gryphon, has forged out quite a career as a long snapper with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, where he is currently in his fourth season.

"We work out all summer together. A lot of long snapping practice and he teaches me a lot of little tricks," the younger Reinhart said.

Reinhart, a third-year Gryphon who was a quarterback in his high school and minor football days, says that doesn't mean he has any sympathy for the opposing quarterbacks he's trying to crush.

"I don't think so," he said with a laugh. I'm happy being on the defence now. I like to be physical."

Head coach Kevin MacNeill

"Job's such a physical specimen. He's so strong and so athletic that he's fast enough to play linebacker and strong enough to play defensive line plus he's one of the best long snappers in the league.

"Definitely the sky is the limit for the kid. He's got a bright future."

Saturday's victory over the hapless Lancers (0-3), was a much-needed decision for the Gryphons (1-2), who lost their first two games in overtime.

They put 16 points on the board in the first five minutes of the game and never looked back, rolling up 580 yards in total offence in the win.

They scored five touchdowns on the ground, four in the air and another on a 125-yard return of a missed field goal by Ryan Isenor.

On the defensive side of the ball they were led by Luke Korol, who had five solo tackles and five assisted tackles.

Alain Cimankinda had two sacks and helped out on another. He leads the league with six sacks so far this season.

"It feels good," MacNeill said of the win. "We've been knocking on the door the past two weeks. We've been playing a lot of good football, it's just nice to get results."

The Gryphons weren't trying to run up the score, putting in their reserves much of the second half.

"We play the game. We could have taken more shots and tried to run it up more than what it was ... you play the game until the ref tells you to stop and sometimes that's the way it goes," MacNeill said.

The Gryphons travel to Toronto on Saturday. Next home game is Homecoming on Sept. 23.

 



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