As if August hasn’t been hot enough, Ron Joyce Stadium will see temperatures soar with a case of 2016 Football Fever when the McMaster Marauders host the Carleton Ravens to open the Ontario University Athletics football season. Kickoff for the home opener is set for Sunday (Aug. 28) at 7 p.m.
The Marauders will take the field under new head coach Greg Knox, looking to reinforce McMaster’s position as a conference power. Knox is no stranger to Marauder Nation and is looking forward to forging his own legacy and getting the Maroon and Grey back into the OUA title picture.
They face a formidable opponent in Carleton.The Ravens are now in their fourth season since the program was restored, and the team can no longer be viewed as inexperienced. The initial recruits of 2013 are now seniors and after making the OUA semi-finals in 2015, Carleton is ready to challenge for the Yates Cup this season. Expectations are for coachSteve Sumarah to lean on quarterback Jesse Mills, receiver Nate Behar, and running back Jahvari Bennett to lead the offense, while the defense is now a veteran group and should be stronger with the addition of some key recruits.
It is also a very senior group of Marauders this season, with lots of experience on both sides of the football. Along with that experience, there is enough depth and talent to make the competition for playing time very intense, guaranteeing a hungry band of Marauders will take the field for every game..
With several of the Marauders spending time in CFL training camps last summer, that experience will make the team better as those players assume leadership roles. The Marauders will need to be at their best for this early season clash, knowing that a victory will set the tone for a successful 2016 season.
A limited number of tickets for Sunday’s game are available and can be purchased online at marauders.ca or at the stadium box office.
The game is also available on radio on Funny 820 AM with Steve Clark and Joey Cupido, and available via livestream on OUA.tv.
McMaster is also happy to welcome back Hamilton community channel Cable 14, which will be televising the game, with a repeat broadcast at 11 p.m. Sunday. Cable 14 will be broadcasting all Marauders home football games live, with plans to simulcast 2016 road games, in cooperation with broadcast partners across the OUA. Sunday’s game will be simulcast live on CogecoTV Burlington and available to Cogeco subscribers throughout the Burlington-Oakville region. Closed captioning will be provided for all home games for viewers who are hearing impaired.
Home productions will be streamed online and on-demand at www.cable14now.com