Gryphons end seven year drought

GUELPH – The McMaster football team was hoping to spoil the party at Guelph’s Homecoming but the Gryphons were able to defend home-field and defeated the Marauders, 24-22, on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 21). The win for Guelph was the first over McMaster in conference play since a 22-20 decision in 2005.

Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics

Played in a steady and sometimes heavy rain, both teams had some problems with the elements and points were at a premium.

The first quarter ended with the teams tied 3-3 after exchanging field goals. Tyler Crapigna gave McMaster a 6-3 lead in the second quarter before Guelph got a touchdown from Alex Charette and a 10-6 advantage. Before halftime, McMaster got a touchdown from sensational rookie Danny Vandervoort and the Marauders were ahead 13-10 at the break.

Guelph took advantage of some turnovers in the third quarter, intercepting McMaster twice and scoring on both opportunities to grab a 24-13 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

The Marauders got a 43-yard Crapigna field goal to get closer at 24-16, and with under a minute left Maroon quarterback Marshall Ferguson directed McMaster into the Guelph zone, capped with a touchdown toss to Tyler Loveday with 17 seconds remaining. The Marauders needed to score a two-point conversion to force overtime but the toss for two was knocked down and Guelph had the big win.

The Marauders now enter their bye-week and will not be in action again until their Homecoming game on Oct. 5 against Waterloo.