The McMaster ground game produced a season high 277 yards to carry the Marauders to a 40-16 victory over the visiting York Lions at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The win improved McMaster’s Ontario University Athletics record to 4-3 while the Lions fell to 1-6.
McMaster’s first-year running backs, Clayton Caesar (Hamilton) and Joey Nemet (Burlington) were co-recipients of the Mark Timpany Trophy awarded to the most valuable player as part of McMaster’s 70th Homecoming celebrations. Nemet carried the ball 19 times for 121 yards and a touchdown. Caesar had 117 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the second half.
McMaster jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, with receiver Kevin D’Hollander (London) scoring his first career OUA touchdown, and Caesar and Nemet scoring on runs inside the 10-yard line.
York closed the gap in the third quarter to a touchdown, 21-14, before McMaster defensive back Phillip Mills intercepted a Lions’ pass from Michael Hyatt (Montreal) at the 3:20 mark, and ran it back 54 yards to the York 26-yard line. On the next play, McMaster quarterback Adam Archibald (Kingston) threw a strike to Rob Serviss (Waterloo) to squash the visitors comeback.
Mills would pick off a second York pass, to give him two interceptions on the game.
McMaster kicker Pauolo Faiazza (Hamilton) kicked four field goals in the fourth quarter, including two from 40 yards to seal the victory for McMaster. Archibald completed eight of 15 passes for 164 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
D’Hollander led all receivers in the game with three receptions for 87 yards.
York quarterback Michael Hyatt finished the game with 11 completions in 23 attempts for 154 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Jerome Walker (Brampton) had 66 yards receiving on four receptions for the Lions. York defender Aaron Adusei (Woodbridge, Virginia) had a game high 14 solo tackles, one assisted tackle and one fumble recovery for the Lions. Robin Legault (Bolten, ON) added nine tackles and a fumble recovery.
For McMaster, Simon Binder (Almonte, ON), had 5.5 tackles with James Edwards (Hamilton) adding five tackles and a forced fumble. Jason Arakgi (Oakville) contributed five tackles to maintain his team lead.
McMaster will face the University of Guelph (4-3) on Saturday (Oct. 20) at 1 p.m. at Alumni Field in Guelph.