McMaster Marauders had their unbeaten streak this season snapped at five games by the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, 31-11.
The results created a three-way tie for first place in the Ontario Universities Athletics football race with Ottawa Gee Gees, McMaster and Laurier all with 5-1 records and 10 points after six games. That picture will change this coming weekend. Mac travels to London to play the 4-2 University of Western Ontario Mustangs while Ottawa is host to the 2-4 Waterloo Knights and Laurier will entertain the 0-6 University of Toronto Blues.
The Mac-Western game will be the first time former Marauder head coach Greg Marshall will go against his former charges as the Mustangs offensive coordinator. The popular Marshall was let go by the Canadian Football League Hamilton Tiger-Cats as their head coach this season.
Playing at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Saturday, things started going downhill for Mac almost from the opening kickoff. Early in the first quarter McMaster took a roughing the passer penalty and four plays later, Laurier was on the scoreboard when receiver Will Northcote (Barrie) hauled in a 22-yard reception.
When the half ended, Mac was trailing 28-0, quarterback Adam Archibald (Kingston) had thrown four interceptions, and completed only six of 17 passes for 94 yards. When the second half started, Archibald was out with an injury along with fifth year receiver Jon Behie (Burlington), who had made only two passes for 23 yards in the first half.
The Golden Hawk’s passer, Jamie Partington (Stoney Creek), completed 18-29 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Six Laurier receivers caught passes with Josh Bishop (Mississauga) snaring four for 70 yards and fullback Peter Quinney and receiver Dante Luciani each finished the game with four catches for 66 yards.
Offensively, McMaster was led by Andre Sadeghian (Beamsville) who rushed 21 times for 154 yards. He has rushed for 727 yards this season and is on pace to become the fifth player in McMaster history to run for 1,000 yards.
Fullback, Jordan Kozina (Brantford) had 10 carries for 66 yards to go along with his three receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. First year quarterback Ryan Fanthom, (London), in relief of the injured Archibald, impressed completing 11 of 14 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.
Fourth year receiver Rob Serviss (Kitchener), had five catches for 99 yards.
Leading the defensive corps for Laurier were Jesse Alexander (Kitchener) with 10 solo tackles, three assisted stops, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery, and linebacker Luke Pinder (Kitchener) with eight solo tackles, one assisted tackle and a fumble recovery for the Golden Hawks.
The McMaster defence saw first year safety, Bryan Gauer, (Mississauga) starting in place of the injured and two-time OUA All-Star Jesse Card, lead the team with six solo tackles, an assisted tackle and an interception. Cornerback Kesrick Wainwright (Toronto) contributed five solo tackles, two assisted tackles and an interception.