For the first time since 1994, McMaster will be hosting a pre-season football game. The pre-season tilt will see the McMaster Marauders welcoming the Saskatchewan Huskies to Hamilton on Friday, August 25th. The game will kick off at 7:00 PM from Ron Joyce Stadium.
“Holding the bye in week-one of the OUA schedule we saw a tremendous opportunity to do something special for our fans and bringing in a perennial contender from Canada-West, like the Huskies, will be outstanding preparation for our young team,” stated Marauders’ head coach Greg Knox in his Coach’s Update on Monday.
The McMaster football program will also be hosting a special event next Wednesday, May 24th by screening the documentary film “Gridiron Underground”, which details the journey of black quarterbacks that left the USA to pursue professional playing opportunities in Canada.
The film prominently features Bernie Custis, who became the first black starting quarterback in North America when he joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from Syracuse University in 1951. Custis went on to have a legendary coaching career in Canada and was the head coach at McMaster from 1981-88, before being inducted into the Mac Hall of Fame in 2000.
The screening is being held in the 750-seat Theatre Aquarius auditorium, located at 190 King William Street in Hamilton. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to make a $10 donation, with the intent of establishing a permanent tribute to Bernie Custis, in support of Marauder Football.
McMaster will also be hosting their Football Gala on Thursday, April 27th. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the event, the Marauders will be unveiling the Marauder Wall of Honour in Ron Joyce Stadium. Being recognized at this year’s Gala are the 1967 Marauder team that advanced to the Vanier Cup, as well as renowned Mac quarterbacks Russ Jackson, Phil Scarfone, Ben Chapdelaine, and Kyle Quinlan.
Source: McMaster Athletics