McMaster Marauders running back Wayne Moore ran away with this week’s Ontario University Athletics offensive player of the week in football.
The second-year running back from Etobicoke was a force for the Marauders, powering for 140 yards on 22 carries in McMaster’s 41-7 quarter-final win over the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Moore set the tone early for the Marauder offence, as he carried the ball six times for 50 yards on the opening drive of the game helping his team march down the field and score a major to take an early 7-0 lead.
His longest run of the game was a third quarter scamper for 24 yards giving McMaster excellent field position and allowing Tyler Crapigna to kick a field goal extending the lead to 27-7.
On defence, linebacker Curtis Newton of the Guelph Gryphons is this week’s winner.
The second-year linebacker from London had five solo tackles, one assisted tackle and a crucial interception in the Gryphons 31-21 quarter-final victory over the Windsor Lancers.
The 6’2, 215 lbs. linebacker picked off quarterback Austin Kennedy, tallying a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown, which increased the Gryphons lead to 14-0 in the second quarter.
Newton’s teammate, Daniel Ferraro, takes the special teams honour.
Ferraro, a third-year player from Mississauga was instrumental in winning the battle of field position in Guelph’s playoff win. He was successful on each of his two field goal attempts, splitting the uprights from 19 and 22 yards out. He averaged 37.8 yards per punt on nine punts and was a difference maker by keeping the Lancers pinned deep in their own territory, forcing them to give up two safeties.