Toronto, ON (October 15, 2016) — Chris Pezzetta ran all over the Lions in the first half, and the remainder of the McMaster Marauders offence took over in the second Saturday.
The veteran running back from Burlington, Ont. had a total of 162 yards on 14 carries and a pair of touchdowns in the opening half, as McMaster built a 34-point lead at the break before ultimately defeating the York Lions 64-2.
Averaging 11.6 yards per carry, Pezzetta's total on the ground was a career single-game high, achieved in just two quarters of play.
Moving to 6-1, McMaster remained tied for first in the OUA standings with just one game remaining. The Marauders will travel to London, Ont. to play the Western Mustangs, one of their fellow 6-1 teams, in the final game of the regular season on October 22, with the opportunity to clinch the top seed and a first-round playoff bye with a win.
Kicker Adam Preocanin of Burlington matched the McMaster single-season record with a pair of field goals to reach 24 on the year, equalling the record set by Tyler Crapigna in 2014. However, Preocanin missed a pair of attempts in the second half that would have given him sole possession of the record, and was blocked on McMaster's final drive of the afternoon, finishing 2-5.
He sits two field goals shy of the OUA and CIS single-season record set by Guelph's Daniel Ferraro in 2014.
With his 31-yard, third-quarter touchdown, receiver Danny Vandervoort of Barrie, Ont. moved into sole possession of third on the CIS career receiving touchdown list with 29, passing his former head coach Stefan Ptaszek in the process.
Their team had not run back a kick for a touchdown all season, but Mac returners Mitch Garland of Hamilton and Aaron Baker of Scarborough, Ont. both took punt returns the distance on Saturday. Garland provided McMaster's second touchdown of the game in the first quarter, returning a deep punt 85 yards to the end zone. Baker answered with a 63-yard return for McMaster's final touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter.
Pezzetta's replacement in the second half, rookie rusher Dominic Mandalfino enjoyed his first touchdown and a breakout performance Saturday. The Burlington native had 138 yards on 16 carries, averaging 8.6 per touch. As a team, McMaster racked up a season-high 355 yards on the ground.
Marauders quarterback Asher Hastings of Regina finished Saturday 16 of 24 passing for 207 yards and two touchdowns versus one interception. Dylan Astrom entered the game in the third quarter, completing four of five passes for 71 yards.
Dan Petermann (Stoney Creek, Ont.) was McMaster's leading receiver on the day, with 63 yards from six catches. Vandervoort followed with 66 yards from four catches with a touchdown, while Josh Vandeweerd of Burlington also caught four passes for a total of 40 yards. Max Cameron of St. Catharines, Ont. had a touchdown on his only reception of the afternoon in the first quarter, hauling in a 16-yard pass for Mac's first major.
Linebacker Eric Mezzalira of Grimsby, Ont. was McMaster's leading tackler, with five solo tackles and two assists. Lineman Fabion Foote (North York, Ont.) had five and a half tackles and two sacks.
NEXT UP: McMaster travels to London on Saturday, October 22 to close out the OUA regular season against the Western Mustangs.
September 12, 2017 U Sports Top Ten Tuesday - 14 OUA Teams Represented Across Four Sports
November 24, 2016 Queen’s Phil Roberts receives 2016 Gino Fracas Award
November 24, 2016 Wilfrid Laurier head coach Michael Faulds wins Frank Tindall Trophy
November 24, 2016 Marauders hire Greg Knox as football head coach, remove interim tag
November 21, 2016 Golden Hawks season ends at the hand of No. 1 Rouge et Or
November 16, 2016 Head-to-head look at the 2016 Uteck Bowl
November 14, 2016 Knevel, N. Onyeka, Mesher named OUA Football Players of the Week
November 12, 2016 Golden Hawks erase 21-point deficit to win 109th Yates Cup
November 10, 2016 Ottawa’s Wendel named OUA MVP, nominated for Hec Crighton Trophy
November 10, 2016 "Faulds’ frenemies" -- OUA In The Huddle with Mike Hogan - Yates Cup
November 9, 2016 OUA announces 2016 Football All-Stars
November 8, 2016 OUA announces 2016 Football All-Rookies
November 8, 2016 OUA announces lululemon as presenting partner of the 109th Yates Cup
November 7, 2016 Joseph, Ferguson and Smith named OUA Football Players of the Week
November 5, 2016 Mustangs to host 109th Yates Cup after 51-24 win over Carleton
October 24, 2016 Baines, Barry, Liegghio named OUA Football Players of the Week
October 23, 2016 Golden Hawks clinch second place in OUA wih 38-9 win over Windsor
October 23, 2016 No. 3 Mustangs sneak past No. 5 Marauders to claim first place
October 23, 2016 Gryphons beat Lions and grab final spot in Yates Cup playoffs
October 23, 2016 Queen's season ends after 42-41 OT loss to No. 9 Ottawa
October 17, 2016 Pezzetta, Mann, Bembenek named OUA Football Players of the Week
October 16, 2016 No. 3 Mustangs race past No. 9 Gee-Gees
October 16, 2016 Sell-out crowd sees Queen's beat Windsor 55-5 on Homecoming
October 16, 2016 Pezzetta powers Mac to big win over York
October 16, 2016 Blues close out season with a victory over Warriors
October 15, 2016 No. 7 Golden Hawks hold off Guelph for sixth win
October 15, 2016 AROUND OUA: No. 8 Ridgebacks back in the win column
October 14, 2016 "Crunch Time" -- OUA In The Huddle with Mike Hogan - Week 7
October 8, 2016 No. 6 Ravens out-joust Lancers to clinch playoff spot
October 8, 2016 Ottawa offence back on top with win over York
October 8, 2016 Preocanin, Kashak chase CIS records in 36-6 win against Queen's
October 7, 2016 Gittens Jr. shines as Golden Hawks knock off Blues
October 3, 2016 Behar, Gray, Adeleke named OUA Football Players of the Week
October 2, 2016 Mustangs move into first place with 45-26 win over Laurier
October 2, 2016 Ravens celebrate 43-23 victory over Gee-Gees in 48th Panda Game
October 2, 2016 No. 8 McMaster defeats Guelph 27-15 during Homecoming
October 2, 2016 Lancers top Blues 51-30 on Alumni Weekend
September 30, 2016 "Gryphons cutting it close" -- OUA In The Huddle with Mike Hogan - Week 6
September 29, 2016 "Garnet and Great" -- OUA In The Huddle with Mike Hogan - Week 5
September 26, 2016 Rowe, Randazzo, Fraser-Greene named OUA Football Players of the Week
September 25, 2016 Mustangs spoil Guelph Homecoming with 50-16 win
September 24, 2016 Quick strikes at Windsor move Ottawa to 4-0
September 24, 2016 Rowe, Ravens win big at York
September 21, 2016 Ottawa's Ward named CIS Special Teams Player of the Week
September 20, 2016 Mustangs and Gryphons clash Saturday in Yates Cup rematch live on City
September 20, 2016 Golden Hawks reach No. 5 in CIS Top 10 for the first time since 2007
September 20, 2016 Verde: The Year of Parity in OUA Football
September 19, 2016 Guiltinan, Hutter and Ward named OUA Football Players of the Week
September 17, 2016 Mustangs spoil Gaels home opener with 27-13 win
September 17, 2016 Guiltinan powers Golden Hawks to victory over Ravens
September 17, 2016 Blues win 4th straight Argo Cup with 45-18 victory over York
September 17, 2016 Marauders blank Warriors to improve to 3-1
September 17, 2016 No. 8 Gee-Gees remain unbeaten with 31-28 double OT victory vs Guelph
September 15, 2016 "The toughest job in sports" -- OUA In The Huddle with Mike Hogan - Week 3
September 15, 2016 Laurier's Boateng top ranked CIS prospect for CFL Draft
September 13, 2016 Ravens soar into No. 4 spot in latest FRC-CIS Top 10 rankings
September 12, 2016 B. Hunchak, Donald and Naylor named OUA Football Players of the Week
September 10, 2016 Ottawa shuts down No. 5 McMaster 30-8 in Home Opener victory
September 10, 2016 Strong start leads Mustangs over Warriors
September 10, 2016 Lions topple Lancers 56-32 for second win of season
September 10, 2016 Gryphons use big 2nd half, beat Queen's 38-29
September 10, 2016 Blues drop home opener to No. 6 ranked Ravens
September 6, 2016 Laurier runs wild over York to move to 2-0
September 6, 2016 OUA upsets cause major shakeup in FRC-CIS Football Top 10
September 6, 2016 Rowe, Renaud and Preocanin named OUA Football Players of the Week
September 5, 2016 No. 9 Carleton comes up with historic win over No. 4 Western
September 5, 2016 Lancers stun defending Yates Cup champion Gryphons 33-29
September 5, 2016 Gee-Gees defence backs up Air Show in Waterloo
September 2, 2016 CIS standouts hope to build on record-breaking 2015 season
September 1, 2016 OUA standouts sweep CIS football players of the week to open season
September 1, 2016 No. 10 Golden Hawks face Lions in battle of unbeatens Monday night
August 29, 2016 Marauders soar to 40-10 Opening Day win over Ravens
August 29, 2016 Western wins big in season opener over Windsor
August 28, 2016 Gryphons open 2016 season with convincing win over Toronto
August 28, 2016 Hunchak's five TDs lead Lions over Warriors in season opener
August 28, 2016 Defence paces Golden Hawks to 37-18 win over Queen's
August 27, 2016 PLAYER TO WATCH: Queen’s Gaels' Nelkas Kwemo
August 27, 2016 PLAYER TO WATCH: McMaster Marauders' Asher Hastings
August 26, 2016 PLAYER TO WATCH: Carleton Ravens' Tunde Adeleke
August 26, 2016 Ravens look to take next step towards the Yates Cup in 2016
August 25, 2016 Lancers look to bounce back as the 2016 season opens Sunday
August 25, 2016 PLAYER TO WATCH: Windsor Lancers' Frank Renaud
August 25, 2016 PLAYER TO WATCH: Toronto Varsity Blues' Adrian Bernard
August 24, 2016 PLAYER TO WATCH: Waterloo Warriors’ Jordan Hoover
August 24, 2016 PLAYER TO WATCH: York Lions’ Brett Hunchak
August 24, 2016 Expectations never been higher for Lions entering 2016
August 24, 2016 Golden Hawks soar into 2016 season as Yates Cup contender
August 24, 2016 PLAYER TO WATCH: Laurier Golden Hawks' Kwaku Boateng
August 22, 2016 Golden Hawks drop 37-33 contest to Vanier finalist Carabins
August 22, 2016 Rouge et Or second-half comeback denies Ravens victory at Laval
August 12, 2016 OUA football training camps open Sunday across the province
August 8, 2016 Windsor's Tarrence Crawford wins 2016 #OUACoverVote