Vieira, Parisotto, Ferraro named OUA Football Players of the Week

Vieira, Parisotto, Ferraro named OUA Football Players of the Week

BURLINGTON, Ont. - The following athletes have been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Football Players of the Week for the period ending September 8, 2015.

OFFENCE: Bryce Vieira (Montreal, Que.) – 2nd yr. – Ottawa

There was no slowing down Ottawa Gee-Gees running back Bryce Vieira (Montreal, Que.) on Sunday, as the ‘Garnet and Grey’ opened their season with a big home win against the Queen’s Gaels.

Vieira had 17 rushes for 110 rushing yards as the Gee-Gees handled the Gaels 41-17.

The second-year Theatre student-athlete was just as dangerous catching the ball as he was rushing it, hauling in five receptions for 93 yards.  Vieira finished the day with 210 all-purpose yards in the victory.

Vieira burst onto the scene last season for the Gee-Gees and finished seventh in OUA in rushing with 589 yards.

The Gee-Gees travel to the Steel City on Saturday for a showdown against the defending Yates Cup champions, the McMaster Marauders, at 1:00 p.m.

DEFENCE: Nick Parisotto (Guelph, Ont.) – 2nd yr. – Guelph

Defensive back Nick Parisotto (Guelph, Ont.) recorded two late red zone interceptions to help the Guelph Gryphons preserve a 30-19 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Labour Day. 

With the Golden Hawks driving late in the fourth quarter, Parisotto thwarted back-to-back drives, picking off Laurier quarterback James Fracas to seal the win for the Gryphons.

The second-year Leadership and Organizational Management student-athlete was all over the field on Monday, recording three solo and seven assisted tackles.

Last season as rookie, Parisotto finished tied for second in the conference with four interceptions during the regular season.

On Saturday, the Gryphons head to York Stadium to take on the Lions at 1:00pm.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Gabriel Ferraro (Mississauga, Ont.) – 2nd yr. – Guelph

Kicker/punter Gabe Ferraro (Mississauga, Ont.) helped the Guelph Gryphons improve to 2-0 on the season in a 30-19 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Labour Day.

The second-year student-athlete was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals, connecting from 25, 42, 13, and 27 yards.  He also tacked on two PATs to finish the afternoon with a game-high 14 points.

Ferraro, who also handles the kickoff and punting duties for the Gryphons, averaged 62 yards on kickoffs and 39 yards per punt.

In two games this season, the Mississauga native is tied with Western's Ben Kelly for the conference lead with five field goals.