McMaster evens record with 41-27 win over York


Marshall Ferguson (Kingston) tossed five touchdowns including three to receiver Danny Vandervoort (Barrie) to lead the No. 9 McMaster Marauders to a 41-27 win over the York Lions on Saturday (Sept. 14).

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McMaster’s Danny Vandervoort (83) collected five receptions, including three TDs on Saturday in McMaster’s win over York. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

The win evens McMaster’s Ontario University Athletics record to 2-2 while York drops to 1-2.

Vandervoort collected 117 yards on five receptions to finish as the game’s top receiver. Ferguson finished the game 23-for-34 for 269-yards throwing with no interceptions.

The duo would break a stalemate with just 23 seconds remaining in the first half with first-year receiver Vandervoort catching a 10-yard pass from Ferguson to make the score 17-10. The two would go on to connect for the next two Marauders’ touchdowns with Ferguson finding Vandervoort wide open on a 40-yard strike in the third quarter and on a 30-yard toss early in the fourth.

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McMaster Kicker Tyler Crapigna converted a pass on a fake punt attempt, throwing a bullet to McMaster’s Andrew Sinclair (15) to setup the go-ahead touchdown. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

McMaster put together 24 points in the second half after a sluggish opening two quarters to record their 30th win since 1971 against the Lions. Their all-time record against York sits at 30-12 with their last loss coming in 1997.

York’s Eroll Brooks (Toronto) nearly pushed over the 200-yard mark against the Marauders taking the ball 20 times for 193-yards.

Myles Gibbon (Montreal) finished 18-for-30 with 231-yards in the loss, recording one TD while punching in another on the ground.

Next week McMaster travels to meet the undefeated Gryphons (3-0) in Guelph while York visits winless Carleton (0-3) in the nation’s capital.

NOTES: McMaster’s kicker, Tyler Crapigna (Nepean) converted a pass on a fake punt attempt, throwing a 20-yard bullet to Andrew Sinclair of (Denfield). That conversion set-up the Vandervoort-Ferguson 10-yard touchdown just before the half.