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York Lions visit McMaster Marauders in Hamilton home opener

The York Lions will be the McMaster Marauders opponent in a home opener Sept. 3, 2022 at Ron Joyce Stadium. @McMasterSports

The 0-1 McMaster Marauders host the 0-1 York Lions in the Marauders’ home opener Saturday at Ron Joyce Stadium.

The Marauders are coming off a 24-18 loss at Carleton, a game where they gave up six sacks and didn’t score an offensive touchdown.

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One of the reasons for the lack of production was the ground game. Mac compiled just 69 rushing yards, averaging a mere 3.8 yards per rush.

They managed just four rushing first downs, and a total of 16 first downs overall.

One bright spot for Mac, was the play of Hamilton Bishop Ryan grad, Jacob Patten. He had an electric 53-yard punt return for a touchdown, and four catches for 72 yards, including a sensational 45-yard, over-the-shoulder catch in double coverage.

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The Lions lost their season opener, 41-8 at home to Waterloo. The Lions fell behind 32-0 at the end of 30 minutes, which proved too much to overcome.

Since Ron Joyce Stadium opened in 2008, McMaster is 42-8 in regular season games at home, and 9-4 in home openers.

The game can be heard on 900 CHML at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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