McMaster, ranked No. 9 in the country, cruised to a 66-3 win over Waterloo at a sold-out Ron Joyce Stadium during the Marauders homecoming on Saturday (Oct. 5).
McMaster (3-3) struck for 37 points in the opening half to put the game out of reach for a struggling Warriors (1-5) team.
Marauder’s quarterback Marshall Ferguson (Kingston) tossed five touchdowns to four different receivers while Kasean Davis-Reynolds (Mississauga) rushed for two touchdowns in the Ontario University Athletics game.
The Marauder defence also forced six turnovers and registered six sacks against Waterloo. McMaster defensive-back Keldyn Ahlstedt (Whitby) led the way in interceptions, registering three.
Ferguson finished 23 for 31 passing for 309 yards in three quarters of play. Davis Reynolds counted 74-yards on 11 attempts with 64 of those yards coming before the half.
Tyler Loveday (Kitchener) caught two of Ferguson’s touchdown passes while Michael DiCroce (Hamilton) posted a game high 91 yards receiving. Also scoring touchdowns were Daniel Vandervoort (Barrie), Joshua Vandeweerd (Burlington), and Declan Cross (Oakville).
Brian Chris (Waterloo) had the toughest day for the Warriors tossing four interceptions and posting only 72 yards in the loss. The Marauder defence stymied the Waterloo attack allowing only 172 total yards.
Steven Ventresca (Hamilton) registered two of those interceptions while Mark Mackie (London), and Michael Kashak (Courtice) chipped in two sacks apiece in the win.
McMaster’s Wayne Moore (Etobicoke) was the game’s top rusher posting 125 yards on nine carries with 116 of those yards coming in the second half. He scored the game’s final touchdown on a 49-yard run with 7:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.
After McMaster’s Tyler Crapigna (Nepean) opened the scoring on a punt-single, Davis-Reynolds punched in a one-yard touchdown to start the offensive onslaught with just 3:15 to play in the first quarter.
Ferguson tossed a 40-yard bomb to Vandervoot with no time remaining in the first quarter to make the score 15-0 at the time.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter Ferguson connected with Vandeweerd on a five yard strike and then Reynolds added his second on a nine-yard run to make the score 29-0. Ferguson would hit Loveday in the endzone at 5:24 of the second quarter to put the game at 37-0 heading into the half.
Ferguson would stay in the game until the start of the fourth quarter connecting with Loveday again as well as Cross with 2:23 remaining in the third.
Kingsley Amankwaa (Etobicoke) posted a rushing touchdown in the third while Moore added his in the fourth. Crapigna rounded out the scoring with a rouge at 7:24 left in the fourth quarter.
NOTES: The win saw head coach Stefan Ptaszek break two of his own personal coaching records at McMaster including most points scored in a game (66) and biggest margin of victory (63); His previous marks of 64 (most points) and 58 (margin of victory) came in a 64-6 win against York on Oct. 2, 2010… At halftime, McMaster honoured OIFC (Ontario Intercollegiate Football Conference) championship teams from 1962, 1963 and 1964… Announced homecoming attendance was 5,423.