Strong offence, stingy defence carry day for Marauders

The No. 8 McMaster Marauders held the visiting Windsor Lancers to just three points winning 39-3 in front of a sold-out homecoming crowd of 5,610 at Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday in Ontario University Athletics football.

McMaster took an early lead in the first quarter on a 14-yard touchdown reception from Kyle Quinlan (South Woodslee, ON) to Brad Fochestato (Windsor). The Marauders didn’t waste much time building their lead, scoring on their next offensive series. The offense needed only five plays, and capped the scoring drive with a four-yard Joey Nemet (Burlington) touchdown run to take a 14-0 lead.

The second quarter saw McMaster put more points on the board, as Joshua Kreidl (Hamilton) caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, his first of the season, to widen the Marauder lead to 21-0.

Windsor scored it’s only points of the ball game midway through the second quarter on a Robert Eeuwes (Burlington) field goal. The Lancers had another chance to score in the final seconds of the half, when Mark Riggi (Amherstberg, ON) caught a 43-yard pass from Sam Malian (LaSalle, ON), but time expired before they could find the end zone.

The third quarter remained scoreless and saw multiple possession changes until McMaster running back Tanner Forsyth (Mount Albert, ON) ran for a 29-yard touchdown, his first of the season. Forsyth was the top rusher in the game finishing with 80 yards on 12 attempts. He also caught two balls for 25 yards.

McMaster would score once more in the quarter when Quinlan completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Fochestato for his second major of the afternoon. Fochestato’s touchdown built a commanding 36-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The McMaster defence held the Lancers scoreless during the final fifteen minutes of play and Tyler Crapigna (Ottawa) added a 40-yard field goal to secure the 39-3 win.

Quinlan finished with 222 yards passing on 12-of-18 completions with three touchdowns. He also ran the ball eight times for a combined 73 yards. In his best game to date, Fochestato finished with 72 yards on three receptions and the two touchdowns. Bryan Dowd (Mississauga) added 196 all purpose yards returning nine punts for 135 yards.

On defence, Ben D’Aguilar (Hamilton) had another fine game with seven tackles and two sacks. Joey Cupido (Hamilton) had a solid game in the defensive backfield finishing with five and half tackles, a sack, an interception, and two break ups.

Windsor starting quarterback Sam Mallan (LaSalle) finished 8-of-20 passing for 125 yards. Paul Lefaive (Markham) was the top rusher for the Lancers with 59-yards on nine carries. Matt McGarva (Surrey, BC) and Brad Adams (Windsor) each had seven solo tackles in the loss.

With the win McMaster improved to 3-2 on the season and will travel to York Saturday, Oct. 2, to take on the winless Lions at 1 p.m. at York Stadium.

NOTES: As part of McMaster’s homecoming celebrations, the members of the 2000 McMaster Yates Cup championship team were honored at half time to commemorate the 10th anniversary of McMaster’s first OUA championship title.