Gee-Gees and Ravens clash again with playoff matchups on the line – Ottawa Sun

With the Gee-Gees, Ravens and Toronto Varsity Blues all currently deadlocked for second in the Ontario University Athletics standings with 2-3 records, the tie-breaking scenarios are a tad complicated.

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Ken Warren

Carleton Ravens football coach Steve Sumarah Photo by Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

It has been a devastating year for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees football program, but playoff hope remains.

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In a season that began with the death of defensive lineman Francis Perron, the Gee-Gees are guaranteed a post-season spot as they enter Thursday’s regular-season finale against the Carleton Ravens at TD Place.

Yet with the Gee-Gees, Ravens and Toronto Varsity Blues all currently deadlocked for second in the Ontario University Athletics standings with 2-3 records, the tie-breaking scenarios are a tad complicated.

If the Ravens win, avenging their 19-17 Panda Game loss to the Gee-Gees earlier this season, they’re guaranteed to finish second and will play host to Toronto in the first round of the playoffs. In that case, the Gee-Gees would be up against the 6-0 Queen’s Gaels.

If the Gee-Gees win, however, nothing will be settled until Toronto’s final game Saturday against York, which has been officially eliminated based on its 0-5 record.

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A Toronto win would mean it finishes second and would host uOttawa in the playoffs, while Carleton would travel to Kingston to face Queen’s. A York win, on the other hand, would mean the Gee-Gees and Ravens would meet for a third time this season in the playoffs.

As Ravens coach Steve Sumarah tried to wrap his head around all the combinations Wednesday, he said it was somewhat fitting.

“It has been one of the most bizarre years I’ve ever been involved in,” said Sumarah, whose Ravens haven’t played since losing 45-0 to Queen’s on Oct. 16. “It has been a mental struggle as well as physical.”

The Ravens lost No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks Tanner DeJong and Tristan Lefebvre in the second game of the season. Another laundry list of injuries has followed.

“You make adjustments, but it has been a little bit of a challenge from week to week with what we have been doing and what we can do.”

For all that, the Ravens still have a chance to set themselves up well for the post-season.

“I’ve talked to the guys all week about that,” he said. “Let’s go out Thursday night and play our best game and let the chips fall where they may.”

kwarren@postmedia.com

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