posted on Nov. 18: Disappointing 20-15 loss for Marauders


[img_inline align=”right” src=””]The curtain came down today (Saturday, Nov. 19)on what's been a dynamite season for the Marauders football team.

The Marauders' quest for the Vanier Cup ended where it began, at Les Prince Field, with a 20-15 disappointing loss to the University of Ottawa Gee Gees in the CIAU Churchill Bowl semi-final.

A touchdown by McMaster's Ryan Janzen with just over a minute remaining in the game, and valiant efforts by the Marauders' offensive and defensive teams in the final seconds of the match, came too late. McMaster came up short after trailing for most of the game.

Marauder coach Greg Marshall attributed the result to costly Marauder turnovers and an inability to score points. “It was our lack of offence and mistakes we made that beat us,” said Marshall, adding that a couple of turnovers created turning points in the game. “We gave them a good field position to score points and going against Ottawa you can't do that.”

A number of McMaster punt return fumbles and passing interceptions put Ottawa on the scoreboard.

Although he had hoped his team would run the ball better, Marshall says he's proud of the way the players, down 14 points before Janzen's touchdown with 1:03 left in the game, stuck with it. “They fought the battle to the end. They didn't quit.”

Despite the outcome, Marshall says the team has surpassed all of its goals for the season (particularly with winning the Yates Cup) and he's proud of his players.

University of Ottawa Gee Gees coach Marcel Bellefeuille credited a well-coached defence and the team's ability to capitalize on crucial turnovers when McMaster was pressing against the Ottawa goal as factors contributing to the Gee Gees' win.

In addition to Janzen's touchdown, the Marauders' scored points on two field goals and a conversion by Derek Livingston and a safety touch.

One of the most exciting plays of the game was a punt return run of more than 100 yards by Marauder wide receiver Chris Rankin.

Ottawa quarterback James Baker was named game MVP.

Six thousand people attended the game.

Ottawa meets Regina on Dec. 2 in Toronto for the Vanier Cup.

Top: Marauder defenders Nic Armstrong (22) and Ray Mariuz (44) sandwich Ottawa ball carrier Ali Ajram. Bottom: The Ottawa defence shut down McMaster's running game, limiting Kojo Aidoo (25) to 78 yards on 18 carries. Photos: Ron Scheffler