The No. 7 ranked McMaster Marauders scored 53 unanswered points in the first half on their way to an easy 64-6 win over the York Lions in Toronto on Saturday (Oct. 2).
Despite a slow start the Marauders exploded for 21 first quarter points followed by another 32 in the second quarter to put the game out of reach before the half-time horn. The Marauders finished with a combined 585 yards of total offense to the Lions 153 in Ontario University Athletic action.
Tanner Forsyth (Mount Albert) scored a touchdown both on the ground and in the air, finishing the game with 107 yards rushing on 12 carries. First-year running back Ryan Kotar (Hamilton) was the top McMaster rusher netting 121 yards on 19 carriers and a touchdown off the bench.
Matt Peressini (Hannon)had his second 100-yard receiving game of the season, catching four passes for 133 yards. Peressini broke one his catches for an 83-yard touchdown reception.
Kyle Quinlan (South Woodslee) completed nine of 13 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns in limited action. Rookie quarterback Marshall Ferguson (Kingston) relieved Quinlan late in the first half and finished the ball game 14 for 23 for 126 yards and a touchdown.
The Marauder defence had contributions from multiple players in the win. William Thomas (Queensville) was in on two of four McMaster sacks. Daniel Baronas (St. Catharines), Allan Dicks (Abbotsford, BC) and Byron Metcalf (Pickering) all had interceptions. Dicks returned his interception for 30 yards. Joey Cupido (Hamilton) was the top tackler with five solo tackles.
The Lions’ lone score came in the third quarter on a 10-yard pass from quarterback D.J. Frank (Richmond Hill) to running back Chidi Small (Toronto). Frank replaced starter Nick Coutu (St. Catharines) and completed 10 of 17 passes for 131 yards, with the touchdown and one interception. Jonelle Tolbert (Mississauga), the Lions top receiver all season, once again led the Lions with seven receptions for 95 yards.
Mike Boyd (Hamilton) had a big game on defence, leading all players with 8.5 tackles.
McMaster will now host a crucial night game against the fourth place (3-2) Guelph Gryphons on Thursday (Oct. 7). Kick off is at 7 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium.