Vanier Cup efforts bring Marauders more honours

Leading the McMaster Marauders to their first-ever Vanier Cup has earned quarterback Kyle Quinlan the Pioneer Energy Ontario University Athletics male Athlete of the Week.

McMaster defeated Laval Rouge et Or 41-38 in a double overtime effort on Friday (Nov. 25). The South Woodslee, Ont. native was named the Ted Morris memorial trophy winner as offensive MVP, going 36-for-55 for 482 yards and two touchdowns in the air. He added another 106 yards on 14 rushes on the ground.

His 36 completions and 482 passing yards ties him for the second-best in Vanier Cup history in both categories. Quinlan also helped the Marauders tie a Vanier Cup record for most first downs, collecting 41 of them. And McMaster’s 675 total offensive yards, fuelled by the fourth-year quarterback, is second best in Vanier Cup history.

OUA also named Quinlan its football players of the week.

The OUA’s defensive player of the week was Aram Eisho, who was named the defensive MVP at the Vanier Cup and recipient of the Bruce Coulter Award. The rookie linebacker led the Marauders with 11.5 tackles and one forced fumble. The Hamilton native continued to make an impact on the Marauders defensive line all season long and came up big in at the National Championships.

Not surprisingly, second-year kicker Tyler Crapigna was special teams player of the week. He booted the game-winning field goal in double overtime at the Vanier Cup to give McMaster’s its Vanier Cup. The Nepean, Ont. native went four-for-six on field goal attempts, connecting from 20, 24, 26 and 37 yards, including the most important field goal of the game.