Marauders corral OUA awards after taming Mustangs

Two days after putting the Western Mustangs on the shelf, the McMaster Marauders were still cleaning up on Monday. A trio of Marauders swept the Ontario University Athletics football players of the week awards.

The offensive star was quarterback Kyle Quinlan. Quinlan (South Woodslee, Ont.) won the Dalt White Trophy as the game’s Most Valuable Player for his performance on Saturday (Nov. 12) to earn the Marauders their fifth Yates Cup championship over the Mustangs. The veteran quarterback and First Team OUA All-Star completed 16 of 24 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns against one of the best defensive units in the country.

Quinlan also rushed for 103 yards on 10 carries in the victory.

Grabbing the spotlight on defence was Aram Eisho. The rookie linebacker from Hamilton made a significant impact in the Yates Cup final for the Marauders, recording a team-high 9.5 tackles including two for a loss. Eisho, who was a standout for the Ontario Football Conference Hamilton Hurricanes and was three times named the country’s best defensive player, helped the Marauders hold the Mustangs to just two touchdowns.

Eisho did not start in the Mustangs and Marauders first meeting of the season.

On special teams, punter and back-up quarterback Marshall Ferguson (Kingston) turned back-up punter completed his second successful punt fake in the post season, and his directional punting gave Western trouble all game resulting in -8 yards for the Mustangs in punt returns.