The No. 6 McMaster Marauders (6-1) handed the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (3-4) their third home loss of the season as they posted a 25-6 victory on a windy afternoon at University Stadium.
In the process Joey Nemet (Burlington, Ont.) set a new record for career McMaster rushing attempts increasing his career total to 484, carrying the ball 15 times for 55 yards.
Playing in winds of 50km/h, both teams looked to the running game to set up field position. McMaster struck first when Tyler Crapigna (Nepean, Ont.), hit a 24 yard field goal to give the Marauders an early 3-0 lead.
The Hawks would respond later in the first quarter with the wind at their backs. Two field goals from Ronnie Pfeffer (Kitchener, Ont.), from 30 and 35 yards, gave Laurier the slim 6-3 lead after one quarter of play.
McMaster would gain the wind in the second quarter and took advantage as Crapigna connected on a pair of field goals in the quarter from 20 and 46 yards to stake the Marauders to a 9-6 halftime lead.
Still with the wind to start the third, the Marauders opened up a 10 points advantage early as on their opening possession of the half, quarterback Kyle Quinlan (South Woodslee, Ont.), drove his team downfield and finished the drive with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Michael Dicroce (Hamilton, Ont.).
The Hawks would struggle going into the wind and could not find a way to sustain their drives resulting in the team conceding a safety late in the quarter.
Regaining the wind for the fourth, Laurier had their chance to cut into the lead midway through the frame but quarterback Shane Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.J.), was intercepted in the endzone by Michael Daly (Kitchener, Ont.), who returned it for 52-yards to seal the victory.
Quinlan finished the day 14 of 26 for 230 yards and a touchdown to lead the Marauders. He also moved into sole possesion of fourth spot in McMaster career passing touchdowns with a new career total of 37. Dicroce led McMaster with five recpetions for 89 yards and a touchdown while Christopher Pezzetta (Burlington, Ont.), had a game-high 79 rushing yards and a touchdown.
McMaster’s top defensive performer was Nicholas Shorthill (Nobleton, Ont.), who had five total tackles. Joey Cupido (Hamilton, Ont.) also had an interception in the win.
As for the Hawks, Kelly finished the day 15 of 34 for 151 yards and two interceptions. Anton Bennett (Toronto), was the teams leading rusher with 57 yards and six attempts.
Defensively, Laurier got strong performances from Samuel Aird (Ancaster, Ont.), and Ben Ivany (Schomberg, Ont.), who each had seven total tackles on the afternoon.
The Marauders will now conclude their regular season on October 22 when they host the Ottawa Gee Gees at 1:00 pm. McMaster’s final regular season contest will have second place in the conference, a first round bye, and the right to host an semi-final playoff game on November 5th on the line.