Marauders’ Cupido intercepts OUA football honours


McMaster Marauder Joey Cupido is the Ontario University Athletics defensive Player of the Week.

The defensive back from Hamilton recorded four interceptions in McMaster’s semifinal win over the No. 8 Queen’s Gaels. The four interceptions by one player in one game ties the Canadian Interuniversity Sports’ and OUA records for the most in a game and sets a school record for McMaster.

His four thefts included one on the first play of the game. The third-year defensive back also won the Porter Player of the Game at the OUA semifinals.

Another Hamilton native was also recognized by the OUA. Special Teams Player of the Week is Darryl Wheeler of the Western Mustangs.

In his final year of OUA football, the punter put on a kicking clinic on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 5) against the Windsor Lancers in the OUA semifinal. Wheeler had six punts on the day, averaging 46 yards, two of which found their way inside the Windsor 20 yard line and one booming 56 yard punt that helped pin Windsor deep in their own zone. The 5-11, 213 pound teacher’s college student led the OUA in punting in the regular season with a 41.3 yards per kick average and he continued his dominance in the kicking game on Saturday, improving upon his average in difficult windy conditions.

The OUA’s offensive player of the week is Kitchener native Tyler Varga of the Mustangs. In Western’s win over Windsor in the OUA semifinal. Varga rushed for 209 yards on 33 carries, scored two touchdowns and for good measure threw a pass to Brian Marshall in the final minutes of the game to secure a key first down. Varga was the second leading rusher in the OUA on the season with 793 yards and led the OUA and the CIS with 15 rushing touchdowns.