Marauders advance to meet Western in football semi-final


McMaster Marauders, ranked No. 8 in the nation, dumped the Ottawa Gee-Gees, 41-7, on a rain-soaked Ron Joyce Stadium Saturday (Oct. 26) and advance to Ontario University Athletics semi-final play next week. McMaster quarterback Marshall Ferguson (Kingston) tossed two touchdowns and ran for another while Wayne Moore (Etobicoke) rushed for 140 yards on 22 carries in the win.

Wayne Moore (34) had 50 yards on six carries to set up an opening drive TD for Marshall Ferguson. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Wayne Moore (34) had 50 yards on six carries to set up an opening drive TD for Marshall Ferguson. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Ottawa mustered just 10 first downs and 30 rushing yards in the game as the Marauder defence stymied the Gee-Gee offence.

McMaster’s defence and special teams also chipped in two touchdowns with Jeremy Kyei (Hamilton) recovering a Gee-Gee fumble on a bad punt-snap while Steven Ventresca (Hamilton) intercepted Aaron Colbon (Ottawa) for a touchdown.

With the Guelph Gryphons beating the Windsor Lancers, 31-21, on Saturday, McMaster will meet the Western Mustangs in London, at TD Stadium, 4:30 p.m., kickoff. The semi-final game will air nationally on Sportsnet360.

McMaster scored on its first two drives of the game to build a 14-0 lead which would be all the offence needed.

Moore dominated the opening drive which saw McMaster cruise to 78 yards on nine plays. Ferguson capped the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak but Moore did the heavy lifting rushing for 50 yards on six carries to set up the score.

On McMaster’s next possession, Ferguson tossed a 21-yard pass to Daniel Vandervoot (Barrie) to finish another nine play drive, this time for 79-yards.

Ottawa’s Aaron Colbon closed his Canadian Interuniversity Sport career throwing for 181-yards, going 17-for-39 and no interceptions.

The Gee-Gee’s lone points came on two conceded safeties and a 28-yard field goal kicked by Ward Lewis (Kingston).

McMaster’s other touchdown was on a 27-yard pass from Ferguson to Ben O’Connor (Kingston).

Ben O'Connor hauled in a 27-yard pass.  (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Ben O’Connor hauled in a 27-yard pass. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

NOTES: McMaster’s defence has not allowed an offensive touchdown in the last 17 quarters of play… The Gryphons were the last team to score a touchdown against McMaster which happened on Sept. 21 at Guelph… The entire McMaster defence was named player of the game.