Marauders, Gryphons set for playoff rematch at Ivor Wynne

The McMaster Marauders (5-3) will play a rematch against the Guelph Gryphons (4-4) on Saturday (Oct 27th) at 1:00pm. at Ivor Wynne Stadium in the Ontario University Athletics football quarter finals.

The game features the OUA’s second best passing in McMaster with 2487 yards versus the leagues third best rushing team in Guelph with 660 yards in 2007. The Marauders have only lost one game to the Gryphons in their last nine matches, a 22-20 loss October 8th, 2005.

Thanks to quarterback Adam Archibald’s (Kingston, ON) last minute heroics in week 8, McMaster edged Guelph 37-36 in their final game of the regular season. With the score tied and just 6.8 seconds left on the clock Archibald secured Marauder home field advantage by scrambling to kick a rouge (single point).

Archibald was outstanding throwing 4 touchdowns, and going 27-for-41. He set a McMaster single game record in the process with 542 passing yards to break Ben Chapdelaine’s previous record of 460 yards set in 2001. He also connected with receiver Mike Bradwell (Toronto, ON) for a 108-yard completion to establish the longest completion in Marauder history, surpassing the previous 103-yard marker set in 1978. Archibald concluded the regular season being named the CIS offensive player of the week and finished fourth in the OUA with 1950 passing yards in only six games played (one of only two quarterbacks in the country to average over 300 yards through the air per outing).

Mike Bradwell also established two McMaster single season receiving records last weekend. He set the McMaster record for most receptions in a season with 53 surpassing Mike Linton who had 48 receptions in 2000.

Bradwell also hauled in his 9th touchdown of the season surpassing the previous single season record of 8 receiving touchdowns shared by Clorindo Grilli (1984) and Ryan Janzen (2000). He remains the top receiver in the CIS in 2007 with 958 yards on the season.

The Gryphons are led by quarterback Justin Dunk (Guelph, ON) who passed for 1811 yards, fifth in the OUA in 2007. Dunk brings a unique running threat to the game averaging 7.03 yards per carry, more than any other quarterback in the league.

Guelph also eclipsed a pair of long standing team records in the narrow loss. Nick FitzGibbon (Puslinch) entered the books as the Gryphons career touchdown leader with his 13th, surpassing Parri Ceci 11 set in 1984. FitzGibbon led all rushers with 130 yards on 18 attempts and chipped in another 65 yards receiving. Kicker Rob Maver (Brampton, ON) captured the Gryphons’ all-time field goal record putting two of his 15 on the season through the uprights to surpass the 13 Carl Ljungbergs kicked in 1987.

Active defensive units made numerous plays at both ends of the field. Guelph’s James Savoie (Niagara Falls, ON) had 9.5 tackles to lead all tacklers on the day. Chris Decker added 5.5 tackles for the Gryphons to his season total of 48, leaving him 6th in the OUA.

McMaster finished second in the OUA with 370 solo tackles, while Guelph finished third in sacks with 26.

The game will be broadcast live on television on The Score. It heard on live radio on AM 900 CHML, and CFMU 93.3 FM.