Mac football prospects to mix it up in East-West bowl

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport East-West Bowl is an annual showcase of the top draft-eligible players in university football, and this year’s game will have a healthy contingent of Maroon talent making the trip to London in May.

Marauder head coach Stefan Ptaszek will again direct the West team, opposed by Laval’s Glen Constantin, who will coach the East.

The game brings together players who are entering their fourth year of CIS competition, making them eligible for the Canadian Football League draft in 2014. They will represent all 26 teams from across Canada.

Five McMaster players have been invited to play: Kicker Tyler Crapigna, quarterback Marshall Ferguson, defensive tackle Adam Dickson, and defensive backs Allan Dicks and Steven Ventresca.

McMaster (33) vs Queens (20) 
McMaster kicker Tyler Crapigna (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Ptaszek was excited to know that he will be coaching five of his Marauders as he prepares Team West. “Most teams only have two or three players invited, so for us to have five is great representation for our program.”

Players will convene at Western University on May 6 and spend the week training under the watchful eyes of coaches from across all CIS staffs, and CFL talent evaluators. The actual game will be played at TD Waterhouse Stadium on Saturday, May 11.

Originated in 2003, the West holds a 6-4 edge in victories, although the East is riding a streak, having won the last three bowl encounters, including a 24-16 win in 2012.