The 2011 national champion McMaster Marauders picked up where they left off, rolling to a 50-9 win over the Guelph Gryphons on Monday (Aug. 3) at Ron Joyce Stadium.
The No. 1 ranked Marauders posted 48 straight points including 27 in the second quarter to topple Guelph in McMaster’s opening game of the 2012 Ontario University Athletics football season.
Kyle Quinlan of South Woodslee, ON, tossed three touchdown passes, completing 17 of 24 passes for 248 yards. He also was the team’s top rusher posting 114 yards on the ground helping McMaster to 500-yards total offence. Oakville’s Robert Babic was Quinlan’s main target in the air, connecting eight times with the fourth-year receiver for a total of 165 yards. Babic converted two of his catches for touchdowns with his longest coming on a 75-yard strike early in the third quarter.
Running back Jimmy Hill of Hamilton aided McMaster’s rushing attack posting 77-yards and punching in one touchdown.
McMaster limited Guelph’s offence to 244-yards on just 11 receptions The Gryphons mustered only 53 rushing yards and 191 passing yards with their quarterbacks throwing five interceptions.
Guelph’s Jazz Lindsay of Markham, ON, compiled 133 yards passing tossing one touchdown and three interceptions.
With McMaster leading 2-0 on a safety, Guelph posted the first major of the game when Lindsay connected with Michael Fortino of Niagara Falls on a 62-yard strike midway through the first quarter handing Guelph an early 7-2 lead. That would be the only major the Gryphons would muster as the Marauders would dominate both offensively and defensively the rest of the way.
The Marauders’ offensive onslaught started just 11 seconds into the second quarter when Quinlan hooked up with Brad Fochesato of Windsor, ON, to give McMaster a 9-7 lead. Minutes later, Hill scored his first touchdown of the season on the ground to make the score 16-7.
Kicker Tyler Crapigna of Nepean, ON, added to the Marauders count with three field goals of 20, 31, and 27 yards.
The Marauders scoring continued in the second half as Babic and Quinlan hooked up again on a long 75-yard strike early in the third quarter. The Marauders defence also got into the scoring action as back Joey Cupido of Hamilton intercepted a Lindsey pass with 3:19 remaining in the third and ran it back 42-yards for the game’s final touchdown.
McMaster’s Ben D’Aguilar of Hamilton was the game’s top defensive player posting three sacks and five total tackles.
The Marauders travel to Waterloo to battle the Warriors on Sept. 8 in week two action of the OUA Football season while Guelph will visit the Windsor Lancers.
NOTES: McMaster was without 2011 OUA MVP Michael Dicroce of Hamilton. The second-year wide receiver, who led the nation in receiving yards last season, is listed as week-to-week with a lower body injury. The Marauders are currently riding a 10-game winning streak dating back to last season when they defeated Windsor, 21-19, on Sept. 17. McMaster has also scored 40 or more points in their last five games.