McMaster receiver Mike Bradwell (Toronto) scored three touchdowns to lead the Marauders to a 22-15 home victory over the Western Mustangs Saturday in Ontario University Athletics football.
Western, coached by former Marauders head coach Greg Marshall, had built a 12-3 lead at the quarter on the strength of a Jeremy Hipperson (St. Catharines) 85-yard kick return, and a Jesse Bellamy (Port Colborne) 65-yard touchdown reception from Michael Faulds (Eden Mills, ON) at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
But in the second quarter, Bradwell, a fourth-year engineering student, scored his first major on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Adam Archibald to narrow the score 12-9. In the same quarter, Bradwell scored again, taking an Archibald pass thrown from his own nine-yard-line and running it 101 yards to give Mac the lead.
That catch put Bradwell in the history books as the second best catch-and-run in McMaster history. The longest came on a Mark Stubbert pass to Bob Hulegren against Waterloo on Sept. 30, 1978. The longest in CIS history came when Regina’s Jon Ryan hit Mark Henderson for a 109 pass-and-catch in October 2001.
With McMaster leading 16-12 to start the third quarter, Western used a 22-yard field goal to cut the Marauders’ lead to one point only to watch as hauled in his third touchdown from 48 yards out. Western pressured in the final quarter but Marauders held on for the 22-15 win.
The result evened Mac’s record at 1-1 while Western remained winless at 0-2.
Bradwell finished the game with nine receptions for 209 yards, coming within 12 yards of former McMaster receiver Konrad Gloge’s single-game record of 221 yards set on Sept. 15, 2001.
Archibald (Kingston) completed 19 of 29 passes for 289 yards, three touchdowns with two interceptions.
The McMaster running game generated 133 yards on 25 carries. Rookie Joey Nemet (Burlington) led Mac with 13 carries for 31 yards.Kicker Paulo Faiazza had nine punts for 364 yards, a 40.44 average.
Western passer Michael Faulds showed why he is regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the country, completing 26 of 40 passes for 426 yards, one touchdown with interception. Receiver Jesse Bellamy had six receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Adderley (Port Colborne) caught six tosses for 104 yards.
Western running back Randy McAuley (London) who ran for 214 yards in the season’s first game against Queen’s was limited to 71 yards on 17 carries by the Marauders’ defence. McMaster was led defensively by Kurt Morrison (Sault Ste. Marie) with seven tackles and one assisted tackle. Rookie Jeff Hodge (Waterloo) also had seven tackles for the Marauders.
Corey McNair (London) had eight tackles and one assisted tackle for the Mustangs.
McMaster visits Kingston next Saturday to take on the Queen’s Golden Gaels at 1:25 P.M.