5 Hamilton footballers, 2 other Mac Marauders earn OUA football all-star nods

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Published November 10, 2022 at 8:24 pm

Hamilton native Evan Hillock helped the Western Mustangs win the Canadian university football championship on Dec. 4. (Ontario University Athletics)

Hamiltonians Evan Hillock and Savaughn Magnaye-Jones, who shone in the high school ranks at St. Thomas More before becoming the top passing combo on university gridirons across the province, are among the local Ontario University Athletics football all-star selections.

Hillock and Magnaye-Jones, of the defending Vanier Cup champion and No. 1-ranked Western Mustangs, were named OUA’s first-team all-stars at quarterback and receiver. Magnaye-Jones was also a first-team all-Canadian last season.

Five other players who are from Hamilton and/or stalwarts with the McMaster Marauders were chosen to the second team. Marauders quarterback Andreas Dueck, cornerback DeEmetrius Masuka (who is from Hamilton) and defensive tackle Mitch Price received recognition. Queen’s Gaels centre Ryan Berta and Western linebacker Riley MacLeod were also named to the second team.

Hillock, who helped Western win the Vanier in 2021 when Canadian university came back from a COVID-19 pandemic pause, paced all OUA quarterbacks in passing touchdowns with 16, without tossing a single interception all season. He was the nerve centre of an offence that averaged 45 points per game during Western’s 8-0 regular season.

Magnaye-Jones, a senior, hauling in 33 receptions for 579 yards, and an OUA-most nine touchdowns. Those numbers translated to a second consecutive appearance on the first team.

Western hosts No. 3-ranked Queen’s in the 114th Yates Cup in London, Ont., on Saturday (1 p.m., OUA.tv, cbcsports.ca). Western could end up with home-field advantage directly through to the Vanier Cup, which is London in Nov. 26.

The OUA winner will host the Dunsmore Cup champion from Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec in the Mitchell Bowl natiional semifinal on Nov. 19.

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