McMaster Marauders dealt the Guelph Gryphons a Card that was tough to beat – Jesse Card.
After missing the past three games because of injury, the Ottawa native was back in the Mac lineup and had three interceptions as the Marauders beat Guelph 43-27 in Ontario University Athletic football play at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Saturday at the Homecoming game.
With the win, and Queen’s Golden Gaels defeating Western Mustangs, 28-9, Mac finishes the regular season in third place. That’s sets up an OUA quarterfinal between Queen’s and Mac on Saturday (Oct. 28), 2 p.m. at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Marauders posted a 6-2 record this season while the Golden Gaels were 4-4.
In their only meeting this season, Marauders were 37-5 victors over Queens playing at Ivor Wynne.
In addition to his three thefts, Card, a third-year defensive back, also had one tackle and an assisted tackle. Also returning to the marauders lineup, was first string quarterback Adam Archibald. The Kingston native was good on 13 of his 19 pass attempts. and threw for 310 yards. Three of his tosses were caught for touchdowns.
Rob Serviss (Waterloo) pulled in two of the tosses for touchdowns. The fourth-year receiver had five catches altogether for 119 yards.
Mac leading receiver, Jordan Charter (Brantford) caught four passes for 121 yards. Running back Andre Sadeghian (Beamsville) rushed 20 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns for the Marauders.
McMaster kicker Paulo Faiazza (Stoney Creek) had a great day with seven punts for 352 yards (50.3 yards/punt), seven kickoffs for 348 yards (49.7 yards/kickoff), made two of three field goals, including a 43 yarder, was successful on all five converts and completed a lovely 34 yard pass on a fake punt to Byron Metcalfe (Pickering).
Defensively, in addition to Card, linebacker Jason Arakgi (Oakville) had five tackles and an interception and defensive back Frank Longo (London) had five tackles for the Marauders.
For Guelph, Justin Dunk (Guelph) , the leading passer in Canada coming into week eight, completed 17 of 37 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted four times. Dunk was also the leading rusher on the day for the Gryphons carrying the ball 8 times for 84 yards and one touchdown.
Jeff Keegan (London), the leading receiver in Canada after last weekend had a quiet day catching 3 balls for 41 yards. Dave McKoy (Cambridge), the third leading receiver in Canada coming into the weekend had 8 catches for 184 yards and a touchdown overtaking teammate Jeff Keegan in season receiving yardage with 858 on the season. At the time of writing McKoy sits in second place in the CIS in receiving yardage for 2006.
Guelph received 6 tackles, 2 assisted tackles and a fumble recovery from Chris Decker (Guelph), 4 tackles, 2 assisted tackles and 3 breakups from Sean Riley (Burlington) and 5 tackles from Adam Wigdor (Uxbridge, ON).
Charter and Card were presented with the Mark Timpany Memorial Trophy as co-recipients of the Most Valuable Player award at the Homecoming game.