There was a time when McMaster Marauders defensive back Allan Dicks wondered if he would ever get a chance to celebrate a major football championship win in his home province.
He doesn’t have to wonder any longer.
Dicks’ Marauders scored a 41-38 double overtime victory over the defending champion, Laval Rouge et Or, on Friday in the 47th Vanier Cup in a game that will go down as arguably the greatest game in the history of the national university championship and certainly one of the most thrilling games ever to be played at BC Place.
“It’s surreal,” an excited Dicks told Football BC exclusively minutes after the game’s conclusion. “It honestly hasn’t even kicked in yet.”
Dicks, who starred with the WJ Mouat Hawks of BC High School Football before moving on to playing University football with the Marauders, has twice been to the Subway Bowl championship but came away empty-handed both times. The Hawks lost in the BC High School championship game at BC Place in 2008 to the Terry Fox Ravens and in 2009 to the Centennial Centaurs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Dicks of being able to win a championship in front of all his family and friends. “I’ve got a lot of support out here. I was glad we were able to clinch the deal.”
The Marauders made history on Friday as they captured the championship for the first time in their school history in front of a largely pro-McMaster crowd of 24,935 fans at BC Place.
Tyler Crapigna’s 20-yard field goal in double-overtime proved to be the difference as McMaster narrowly avoided being the victim of the largest comeback in Vanier Cup history.
The Marauders built up a 23-0 lead at half-time only to watch the Rouge et Or storm all the way back to take a 24-23 at one point in the fourth quarter.
The Marauders had a chance to seal the deal with no time left in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 31-31 but a field goal attempt by Crapigna sailed wide left. The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime session.