The defending Vanier Cup champions scored on their opening drive Saturday, and never looked back, as the Western Mustangs handed the McMaster Marauders a lopsided loss in London.
Western found the end zone five times, with running back Cedric Joseph accounting for three of those majors, in a 44-6 victory over McMaster.
With the result, the Marauders dropped to 1-2 on the season, while the Mustangs improved to 2-0.
Struggling to find their offensive rhythm, the Marauders saw quarterbacks Jackson White and Andreas Dueck split the game, and collected just 241 yards of total offence versus the Mustangs 523.
Starting his third game of the season, White completed six of 15 passing attempts in the opening half for 102 yards, before being replaced by Dueck under centre at the break.
For his part, Dueck faced an uphill battle with a 27-3 deficit to open the second half, and went eight of 19 through the air for 81 yards and a pair of interceptions.
McMaster’s running game was held in check by the Western defence, with veteran rusher Jordan Lyons accounting for just 21 yards on 10 carries. The Burlington, Ont. native did find more success out of the back field, however, serving as the Marauders leading receiver with four catches for 65 yards.
Chris Merchant was effective early and often for the Mustangs, completing 21 of 27 passes for 354 yards and a touchdown before being removed from the game in the second half.
His work through the air was complemented on the ground by the joint efforts of Cedric Joseph and Alex Taylor, who combined for 142 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Defensive positives for the Marauders in a losing effort came courtesy the game’s leading tackler, middle linebacker Nate Edwards, who notched eight total tackles, and a two-sack performance from defensive lineman Enoch Penney-Laryea.
Next up McMaster returns to the friendly confines of Ron Joyce Stadium for Homecoming Weekend, and plays host to the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday, September 15. That game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m.
Source: Fraser Caldwell