Written by Brandi Awad, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, ON – The Carleton Ravens football team played their first home game of the season at MNP Park, where they suffered a frustrating 23-9 loss at the hands of the McMaster Marauders.
The Marauders were first to put themselves on the board with a five-yard TD pass from first-year QB Andreas Dueck to Tommy Nield late in the first. A solid kick from Adam Preocanin for the extra point allowed McMaster to take a 7-0 lead – setting the tone for the rest of the game.
Carleton was quick to respond to McMaster’s touchdown, just minutes later, with a two-point safety coming off a sack to Dueck from third-year Raven Frederik Robitaille (Terrebonne, QC) to make the game 7-2.
In the beginning of the second quarter, the Ravens were able to cut that deficit even more with a 21-yard field goal from Carleton’s all-time career scoring leader Michael Domagala (St. Catharines, ON) to make it a two-point game at 7-5.
Unfortunately, the Ravens wouldn’t see that two-point gap last very long.
On the Marauders’ next drive, fourth-year Mitch O’Connor ran the ball to the end zone off a fumble recovery to advance McMasters lead by 6. Another good kick from Nield made it 14-5 in front of the hometown crowd. They added another two points on the scoreboard after sacking Carleton’s rookie QB Michael Arruda (Gatineau, QC).
With less than a minute to go in the second, Carleton forced the Marauders to concede another safety to keep themselves in the game. However, while driving towards the 55-yard line with nearly 30 seconds left, McMaster’s Robbie Yochim swallowed up a toss thrown by Arruda to score on a pick six. With yet another solid kick from Preocanin for the extra point, the Marauders were up 23-7 by halftime.
The latter half of the game, the Ravens really struggled to find an offensive groove and registered just another safety in the beginning of the fourth. Without picking up a single touchdown, Carleton dropped the ball 23-9.
McMaster is a team that the Ravens have long struggled with, now holding an 0-4 record against them in the program’s modern era.
Carleton will look to move on from this loss at University Stadium in Waterloo against the Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday (Sept. 9) at 7 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Second-year running back Nathan Carter (Ottawa, ON) was hard to keep up with this game, rushing a career-high 150 yards for the Ravens. He was able to power through McMaster’s skilled-defensive line with ease.
Carleton’s defence was sensational against Mac, holding the Marauders to 142 yards of offence on the night. Linebacker Leon Cenerini (La Salle, MB) registered a team-high 10 tackles (7 solo, 6 assisted) and 1.5 sacks. Sophomore Josh Walsh (Ottawa, ON) had a strong game as well, recording 8.5 tackles (7 solo, 3 assisted) with 1.5 sacks. The Ravens’ front seven had seven sacks on the night in total, with Kene Onyeka (Brampton, ON) leading the way with a pair.
RAVENS PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
#31 Nathan Carter – Running Back – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON
#44 Leon Cenerini – Linebacker – 5th year – La Salle, MB
OUA Week 3
Carleton at Laurier
Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 7 p.m.
University Stadium – Waterloo, ON
Photographs by Marc Lafleur: