(WINDSOR, ON) – Lancers football is now 1-5 on the season after dropping Saturday’s homecoming game against McMaster 44-19 at Alumni Field. The Lancers now sit in 9th spot in the OUA with two games remaining on the season.
After stopping Mac to open the game, Windsor was first to strike blood when they took over possession on their own 40. The Lancers marched downfield under the direction of rookie QB Liam Putt, completing 8 plays, including a pass by FB Nate O’Halloran, and culminating in a successful 37-field goal by PK Anthony Malandruccolo.
The Marauders returned the favour, and then some, on their next set of plays as they travelled 75 yards in 2:51 and finished with a 1-yard rush by Wayne Moore for a major. Moore would rumble 4 minutes later for his second TD of the day, putting McMaster up 14-3 and closing out the 1st quarter.
The visitors opened the second frame with a QB Asher Hastings pass to WR Jordan Lyons for an 8-yard TD strike. Hastings then completed another touchdown pass, this time to Dan Vandervoort for 28 yards.
Putt then went to work, stringing out some completed passes and large gains on the ground. Aided by a 15-yard penalty to McMaster, the Lancers moved the ball 79 yards and capped off with a 2-yard run by RB Tarrence Crawford.
Hastings put the setback behind him as he directed the Marauders 80 yards down field and struck for his 3rd scoring pass with a 16-yard toss to Mitch O’Connor. The first half would end with Mac in front 35-10.
Windsor would score the only points of the 3rd quarter when Putt threw over the middle to O’Halloran for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 4:53 left on the clock. The Lancers then hemmed McMaster in their own end and forced a loss of 13 yards resulting in a safety.
Trailing by 16 to open the last quarter, Windsor needed three scores to take the lead. McMaster would bury Windsor’s hopes, however, when Hastings completed a pass to WR Max Cameron for a 24-yard major score to put the Marauders ahead 42-19.
Windsor would then give up a safety with 6 minutes remaining to close out the scoring on the day.
Putt completed 9-of-28 passes for a 32% completion rate. He picked up 165 yards in the air and rushed for 65 more on 6 carries. The McMaster pass rush pummelled Putt for 5 sacks.
Dave McDuffie was Putt’s favourite receiver Saturday, pulling in 4 receptions and picking up 69 yards. McDuffie also gained 85 all purpose, special team yards returning punts and kicks.
Windsor will now have a bye week before heading out on the road October 17 to meet the Guelph Gryphons (5-1). The Lancers will return for the final regular season game in Windsor on October 24 as they welcome the Waterloo Warriors (0-5) to town.