The McMaster Marauders (3-3) are at home to challenge the York Lions (1-5) as part of the 70th Annual McMaster Homecoming festivities tomorrow (Oct. 13) at 1:00 P.M. at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
The Marauders carry a 25-12 all-time record against the Lions who have not enjoyed a winning season since 2002. McMaster has swept York in the last seven regular season matchups, limiting the Lions to an average of just 6.4 points per game including three consecutive shutout victories over this span.
The game will feature a battle of sophomore bench bosses. McMaster’s Stefan Ptaszek’s and York’s Andrew McEvoy are both serving in their second CIS season as head coaches with their respective squads.
Ptaszek made his successful debut with the Marauders in last year’s season opener against the Lions, a 33-16 victory. McEvoy made the familiar jump from offensive coordinator to interim head coach for the Lions in 2007 after previously leading the Ottawa Gee Gees to a Yates Cup appearance while serving as their interim head coach in 2002.
In week five, Ptaszek’s Marauders saw the return of Adam Archibald who helped lead McMaster to a 39-23 defeat of the Waterloo Warriors. Archibald missed the previous two starts with a concussion. He completed 20 of 32 passes and accumulated 366 yards with one interception. Despite missing significant playing time Archibald remains one of the Country’s top performing quarterbacks and currently sits 5th in the OUA with 1244 passing yards.
McMaster’s elite receiving corp continued to shine. Rob Serviss set career markers with six catches for 132 yards including a touchdown. He is currently fourth in the OUA with a personal best 31 receptions and 482 yards on the season.
Mike Bradwell also added six receptions and 124 yards with a touchdown to extend his CIS leading totals. He is currently one touchdown away from matching McMaster’s all-time single season receiving touchdown record of eight held jointly by Clorindo Grilli (1984) and Ryan Jantzen (2000).
The Lions will counter with a standout defense that forced nine turnovers, including five interceptions, and scored a touchdown in a narrow 11-9 loss against the Western Mustangs in week five. Davis Mills had a pair of interceptions for the Lions and is tied with teammate Adrian Ference for third in the CIS with three apiece. Following a 55-minute lightening delay the teams entered the fourth quarter with the game tied before Western nailed a field goal to take the lead.
York kicker Stephen Grochot’s countered with a 46-yard field goal attempt that came up just wide to give the Mustangs the victory.
The game will be broadcast on television live on Cable 14. The game can be heard on radio on AM 900 CHML, and CFMU 93.3 FM. and on internet radio via the stations respective web sites.