Gryphons slam Dunk Marauders in OUA football quarterfinal

The Guelph Gryphons earned their first playoff victory since 1996 with a 25-21 decision against the McMaster Marauders at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Saturday.

Guelph quarterback Justin Dunk (Guelph) scored on a 10-yard rushing touchdown with 0:33 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Ontario University Athletics quarter final game.

McMaster quarterback Adam Archibald (Kingston), looking to repeat his Week 8 heroics (game winning rouge), marched the Marauders 46 yards on 3 plays. But on the last play of the game, Guelph defensive back Sean Riley (Burlington) knocked down a hurried Archibald pass to secure the victory for the Gryphons.

Dunk finished the game completing 12 of 23 passes for 166 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He also led the Gryphons in rushing with 12 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Jeff Gardner (Niagara Falls) had two catches for 51 yards. Lorne Foster (Vineland) added four receptions for 49 yards for the Gryphons.

Archibald, playing in his last OUA game, completed 26 of 41 passes for 328 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Andrew Ross (Burlington) had six receptions for 97 yards for McMaster. Rob Serviss, also playing in his last game for the Marauders, had six receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown.

McMaster rookie Joey Nemet (Burlington) had 25 carries for 114 yards for the Marauders. He added four catches for 52 yards.

Defensively, Guelph was led by Adam Dunk (Guelph), younger brother of Justin, who had 8.5 tackles and one fumble recovery. McMaster’s Ryan Chmielewski (St. Catharines) had six tackles and a sack for the Marauders.

Guelph advances to play Wilfrid Laurier in the semi-finals next Saturday (Nov. 3) at 1 p.m. at University Stadium in Waterloo.