McMaster Marauder head coach Stefan Ptaszek told his offensive players what their first play would be against the visiting Waterloo Warriors.
“It helps them to visualize and get mentally focused for the game,” Ptaszek said, “and we tell them that the second play should be a convert.”
He wasn’t that far off. Quarterback Adam Archibald hooked up with slot back Jon Behie for a 79-yard completion on the very first play of the game putting the Marauders on Waterloo’s six-yard line. Two plays later, Mac running back Andre Sadeghian catches a 10-yd pass for the first of his four touchdowns on the day as the Marauders racked up 400 yards of total offence in the first half, on the way to a 60-9 victory Ontario University Athletics route. It was Mac’s second win against no losses.
Arachibald, who missed the season opener in York, completed 11 of 16 passes for 233 yards and two TDs in just over one half of football. Behie finished the day with five catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.
“It felt good to be back out there contributing to a win,” Archibald said.
Mac’s running attack was in high gear, collecting 352 yards. Sadeghian rushed 15 times for 119 yards, and caught two passes for another 48 yards. Jordan Kozina rushed six times, yet still managed 111 yards and a touchdown, good for a 18.5 yard average.
Waterloo QB Jon Morbey completed 15 of 26 passes for 140 yards. Travis Gellatly rushed nine times for 34 yards, while Sean Cowie led the team with seven catches for 67 yards.
The Waterloo offence generated 20 first downs, yet could not score a touchdown as drives were stopped by inopportune penalties and four fumbles.
Mac defence was in top form. Linebacker Nick Burns forced his third fumble of the season and also picked up a sack along with six tackles. Defensive lineman James Edwards had two sacks. Rookie defensive tackle Justin Glover had two fumble recoveries, while Jason Arakgi led the team with 6.5 tackles.
“Our defence has been flying around the field for eight quarters now,” Ptaszek said.
Marauders travel to Ottawa (2-0) next weekend to play the Gee Gees in what will be the premier matchup in the CIS. Ottawa defeated Laurier 29-19 this weekend, and Western 17-3 two weeks ago.
NOTABLE: Mac led 17-1 after the 1st quarter, and 41-4 at the half… Most of MAC’s offensive starters went to the bench three minutes into the 3rd quarter, with MAC leading 48-4… The Marauder defence has forced 11 turnovers in the first two games of the year. Rookie QB Ryan Fantham completed 5 of 6 passes in relief of Archibald… K/P Pauolo Faiazza averaged 39 yards per punt, and has now converted 7 of 8 FG attempts this season… MAC outgained Waterloo 644-242 in net offence