After practically two years with out OUA soccer, the Western Mustangs got here out with a powerful 41-13 victory over McMaster on Saturday at TD Stadium in London, Ont.
Western operating again Keon Edwards reached the tip zone thrice to guide the Mustangs offensively.
Following the sport, Western head coach Greg Marshall gave credit score to the offensive line and the defensive position.
“We wished to regulate the road of scrimmage on each side of the ball. Their base defence was going to make it troublesome for us to run the ball. That was principally the identical defence that we confronted within the (2019) Yates Cup after we didn’t run the ball properly and it confirmed how a lot has modified,” mentioned Marshall.
With no OUA soccer for 2 years, expertise might be each uncommon and key on the identical time, and the Mustangs’ offensive line took benefit of the returners within the trenches.
“From an athletic standpoint, the road is among the finest I’ve coached and able to taking part in on the subsequent degree,” Marshall mentioned.
Including to the dashing assault is fifth-year fullback Daniel Valente, who added to the flexibility for the Western rushers, like Edwards and Trey Humes, to get exterior.
New Western quarterback Jackson White discovered each Griffin Campbell and Brett Ellerman for touchdowns within the second half.
White was going towards his former group and Marshall identified the challenges that may carry, particularly after going so lengthy between precise video games.
“As a lot as you say ‘don’t fear about it Jacks, it’s simply one other sport,’ there are going to be nerves. He simply wanted to quiet down and he did,” mentioned Marshall. “He was exceptionally correct, particularly within the third and fourth quarter.”
Like Marshall, White gave large reward to everybody in entrance of him and the fellows lined up behind him as properly.
“The O-line and the operating backs made the job straightforward right this moment and we’re thrilled to start out this manner,” mentioned White. “(The Marauders) have been coming quick and it took some getting used to however we managed.”
White’s throw into the again of the tip zone from 25 yards out to Griffin Campbell within the fourth quarter put the Mustangs up 31-13 and the sport out of attain.
The rating on the half was 14-7 for Western and the Marauders managed to maintain issues shut into the second half as they twice reduce the Western result in 4 factors on a pair of area targets.
Western kicker Ryan Garrity related in between these scores from 45 yards out for his first OUA area purpose. Garrity made it memorable, not only for the gap, however for the truth that it hit each posts on the upright and went via.
Quick begins are important within the OUA this yr. A season that usually begins within the remaining weekend of August was shifted to the third week of September, that means groups will solely play six regular-season video games.
McMaster’s solely landing got here after a fumbled snap on a Mustang punt that the Marauders recovered on the Western six-yard line.
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Defensive lineman Deionte Knight of the Mustangs helped create a pressure-packed afternoon for Marauder quarterback Andreas Dueck. Western linebacker Zach Lindley was one other drive on defence with an interception, a sack and a few quarterback pressures.
The look on Greg Marshall’s face after the sport mentioned greater than something concerning the return of soccer on the College degree.
“It was simply actually good to be again taking part in,” admitted Marshall. “The ambiance was nice, the officiating was excellent. It was an ideal afternoon of soccer.”
Subsequent Western will go to the Guelph Gryphons on September 25 for a 6 p.m. begin after which return residence on October 2 at 1 p.m. towards the Laurier Golden Hawks.
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