Receiver Vandervoot catches weekly honour

Daniel Vandervoort (#83) completes a reception in Week 1 (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Daniel Vandervoort (#83) completes a reception in Week 1 (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Even in defeat, McMaster Marauders found a victor: Receiver Daniel Vandervoort.

The first-year receiver was named Ontario University Athletics Offensive Player of the Week. Vandervoort (Barrie, Ont.) starred for the Marauders in a 24-31 losing effort on Labour Day, hauling in seven catches for a game high 172 yards and a touchdown against the Queens Gaels in Kingston.

Vandervoort’s major came on the largest play of the day, as McMaster quarterback Marshall Ferguson found him with a 73-yard strike. The rookie receiver has now registered a touchdown in McMaster’s two games this season, having compiled 89 yards on six catches against Ottawa in the season opener.

On defence, Queens Yann Dita-Balotoken (Toronto) earns the weekly honour. The defensive back returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the No.2 Gaels (2-0) topped the No.6 Marauders (1-1) in their home opener in front of over 7,600 fans at Richardson Stadium on Monday afternoon.

In the process the Gaels snapped the Marauders 19-game win streak against OUA opponents. The third-year defensive back blew the game open in the third quarter, returning a deflected pass 99 yards to score before returning another errant pass 70 yards to the end zone in the fourth quarter. Balotoken finished with two interceptions, two touchdowns, 4.5 tackles a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

On special teams, kicker Daniel Ferraro of the Guelph Gryphons was the prize winner.

Ferraro, a third-year kicker from Mississauga, put together an outstanding clutch performance in Guelph’s 24-23 win over the Windsor Lancers. He went 3-for-4 on field goals and won the game for the Gryphons with a game-winning 17-yarder with eight seconds left.

After an injury to Gryphon kicker, Julian Tropea this past week, Ferraro stepped up for the team and completed both punting and kicking duties. He averaged 39.6 yards per punt on 12 punts and averaged an impressive 64.8 yards per kickoff, keeping the Lancers pinned deep in their own territory.