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RECAP: Gee-Gees earn key road win over McMaster in Hamilton

Photo: Marisa Settimi, McMaster.
Photo: Marisa Settimi, McMaster.

On Saturday, the Gee-Gees football team took to the road for the second time on the young season, improving to 2-1 on the season with a 20-14 win, their first at McMaster since 2008.

A well-balanced affair saw the Gee-Gees' defence consistently get pressure on the quarterback and take the ball away, finishing with four sacks and two interceptions. Offensively, J-P Cimankinda once again eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark, finishing with 102 yards on 20 attempts. 

Throughout the first half, the Gee-Gees built a 13-0 lead on a one-yard rush by Cimankinda, followed by a rouge, a field goal, and a conceded safety. 

In the third quarter, McMaster would eventually get on the scoreboard on a nine-yard pass from Andreas Dueck to Jackson Cooling.

Ottawa eventually responded after Harnoor Dhaliwal intercepted Dueck to set up a 4-play, 37-yard drive for a Gee-Gees touchdown. Ben Maracle found Daniel Oladejo for the 17-yard major to extend the Ottawa lead to 20-7.

McMaster found the end zone with 13 seconds left in the game to draw closer, but ultimately the Gee-Gees were able to cap off the win.

Maracle was 15-27 for 134 yards and a touchdown, while Willy-Pierre Dimbongi led the way receiving with 63 yards on 5 catches. 

Defensively, Dhaliwal registered seven tackles (five solo, four assists) and an interception, while Kevin Victome had the other takeaway. Riley Hildebrandt had 1.5 sacks in the win, while Emmanuel Aboagye-Gyan (one sack), Michael Pezzuto (one sack), Kevin Anderson (half sack) rounded out Gee-Gees that got to the quarterback. 

Up next, the Gee-Gees will host the 1-2 Guelph Gryphons at TD Place on Saturday at 12 p.m. Tickets are available at tickets.geegees.ca and will be streaming live on OUA.tv.