Marauders improve to 5-0 after taking lustre off gridiron Golden Gaels

There was virtually no stopping the McMaster Marauders on Sunday afternoon. The No. 3 ranked Marauders bettered their unbeaten record to 5-0 by turning aside visiting Queen’s Golden Gaels 37-5 in Ontario University Athletics football play at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

In handing the Golden Gaels their third loss – against two wins – Mac compiled 593 net yards while stonewalling their guests to 143 net yards. For the Marauders it was their sixth consecutive regular season win over the Kingston school, and ninth straight win when exhibition and playoffs are included.

Andre Sadeghian (Beamsville), playing his first season for the Marauders after transferring from the University of British Columbia, was the offensive sparkplug for McMaster. The six-foot, 220 pound tailback powered his way to 190 rushing yards that produced three touchdowns from the 25 times he was handed the ball.

Kingston-native and Marauder quarterback Adam Archibald completed 14 of his 30 passes for 307 yards and one a touchdown. A number of receivers were in the crosshairs of Archibald: Jordan Charter (Brantford) snared three catches for 86 yards; Rob Mitchell (Lucan, Ont.) had three more catches for 69 yards; Mike Bradwell (Toronto) grabbed a trio for 48 yards and Jon Behie (Burlington) hauled in two catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.

On defence, McMaster linebacker Simon Binder (Almonte, ON) had 6.5 tackles and defensive back Frank Longo (London) had four tackles, one interception and a breakup for the Marauders.

McMaster limited Queen’s quarterback Danny Brannagan (Burlington) to 109 yards from the 10 completions of the 27 passes he attempted.and he was intercepted twice Robb Bagg (Kingston, ON) had six catches for 80 yards for the Gaels.

Defensively, Queen’s top performers were Kirby Calvert (Welland) and Chris Smith (Toronto) with 5.5 tackles each.

Mac’s next game is against the defending Vanier Cup champion Laurier Golden Hawks (4-1) next Saturday (Oct. 7) at 2 p.m. at Ivor Wynne Stadium.