Marauders lay the s-mac-down
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Marauders lay the s-mac-down
By Jordan Bell
When it rains, it pours.
The Western Mustangs football team was unable to stop the bleeding, as the McMaster Marauders used a four minute stretch in the third quarter to blow open Saturday's showdown in Hamilton and triumph 48-10.
The four minute and forty second nightmare began when Marauder linebacker Ray Mariuz intercepted a Mustang pass and barreled 57 yards for a touchdown. Mustang defensive back Shawn Amlin followed up with a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, that eventually led to Marauder receiver Chris Rankin's 35 yard pass to running back Kyle Pyear for another Marauder touchdown.
As the Western faithful looked on in horror the devastation continued. Mustang running back Drew Soleyn fumbled on the next drive, followed by another Pyear touchdown this one an eight yard run. To top it all off, Amblin fumbled again and Pyear scored yet another touchdown pass, this time from quarterback Ben Chapdelaine.
Before anyone could catch their breath, the Marauders had buried the Mustangs and led 40-3.
"Somewhere in that run we had to stop the bleeding," a dejected Mustang head coach Larry Haylor said. "We didn't do it. We just didn't get the job done today."
Redemption for last year's 16-7 loss to the Mustangs was weighing heavily on the Marauders, as well as former Mustang great and Marauder head coach, Greg Marshall. "Beating [the Mustangs] the way we did today it's nice for us."
Five fumbles and five interceptions basically told the story of the Mustang offence. Quarterback Chris Hessel was errant on many throws and was picked three times, while former starting quarterback Nathan Weiss was intercepted twice in a brief fourth quarter stint.
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Haylor said the Mustangs mindset going in will keep their collective heads stable and protect their quarterbacks' vulnerable psyches.
"We said coming in we weren't going to let the McMaster game be a defining moment for us," Haylor said. "There's nothing wrong with a losing experience, if we learn some positive things from it."
The struggle of Hessel and Weiss will once again put the Mustang quarterback situation front and centre. Hessel has been forced to play with Weiss' waiting in the wings and it's obvious the experience has been draining on him.
"I'm having a rough go at it," Hessel said. "[Being replaced] is always in the back of your mind. The coaching staff is great though they're always going to give you your chance."
Mustang fans may have found the game difficult to watch, but there was an extremely pleasurable moment for fans of university football in general. Chapdelaine, the Marauders highly coveted star signal-caller, broke the Canadian Interuniversity Sport career passing yards record, formerly held by Acadia quarterback Larry Jusdanis. Chapdelaine, with 8,820 career passing yards, now tops the list.
It was the Saturday from hell for the purple and proud, but time will tell if the Mustangs can find the resolve to wake from this nightmare.