Marauders bulk up with addition of two linemen

When the McMaster Marauders open the 2009 Ontario University Athletics football season, it shouldn’t be too hard to find new recruit Matt Sewell.

At 6-7 and 305 pounds, the offensive lineman candidate is hard to overlook. The Milton native is one of two top linemen to commit to the Marauders class of 2009. He’ll be joined by defensive lineman Anthony Bekasiak.

Sewell played the 2008 season at Berkshire Prep School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, where he was named a Colonial League Class B All-New England team lineman of the year. He also played at nose tackle for Berkshire. Sewell previously attended Milton’s Bishop Reding High School in Milton. He was a Team most valuable player in 2006 for Reding and was named to The Toronto Star Top 35 Players list in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Sewell was selected a Toronto Star All Star in 2007 and was named a Junior Ontario Varsity Football League all star in 2005 playing for the Halton Invictas.

Sewell showcased his talents for three seasons as a member of Team Ontario in the OVFL. He was named Canada Cup Tournament All Star in 2007 while playing for the Under-19 Team Ontario.

Bekasiak is a native of Windsor. The 6-4, 250-pound defensive end is a graduate of St. Anne’s Catholic High School and was a team captain for two years. In 2007 he was named a Team MVP. In addition to playing on the D-line, Bekasiak also played tight end.

He was a First Team High School Conference All Star and was voted to the Windsor/Essex County Dream Team. Last season he was Defensive Lineman of the Year with the Essex Ravens. Bekasiak is also a basketball player and led St. Anne’s to the city championship in Windsor. The high school valedictorian is the brother of J.P. Bekasiak, a former first round Canadian Football League draft pick (2007) and member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Head coach Stefan Ptaszek said, “We are very excited to welcome Matt and Anthony to the Marauder program. Given their commitment to academics and athletics, we are confident that they are going to have a long term and significant impact on our program and campus.”

Ptaszek also stated that the Marauders understand the importance of getting quality players on the offensive and defensive lines.

“Football is won and lost at the line of scrimmage. The addition of two of the best linemen in Canada is a great indicator of the quality of our 2009 recruiting class and the overall direction of the program. The Marauders cannot wait for August 24th and the start of the 2009 season.”