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Creighton enters game to pilot SMU win

Huskies quarterback controversy might be brewing

Sports LogoThere may be a quarterback controversy brewing at Saint Mary’s after Jack Creighton came off the bench and posted a strong relief performance in a win against the St. FX X-Men.

In the midst of a 40 – 16 victory on an unusually cold Friday night at Huskies Stadium, struggling rookie Jessie Mills, starter for the team’s opening five games, was pulled early in favour of Creighton, a former star pivot who quit the team last fall after learning he would be benched for a second consecutive game.

The victory secured a playoff berth for the Huskies and cemented their first place status in the league.

Mills was in the match early, turning a great first drive into a two-yard run to open the scoring. Apart from the early touchdown, there was not much to talk about offensively as both sides were hard-pressed to get on the board. Mills was pulled in the second quarter in favour of Creighton, who threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns in relief.

On the other side of the ball, Jahmari Bennett was knocked out of the game from a hit to the head after only throwing two passes. The X-Men then resorted to backup Cory Wensley, who has played in each game this season. Wensley had a respectable outing, completing 15 of 32 passes for 227 yards, but found it difficult to move the ball against a physical SMU defence.

Entering halftime the Huskies had a 19 – 6 lead and were looking comfortable after a 75-yard touchdown by Jahmeek Taylor. Following the break, the Huskies got their usual second half offence going, which exploded for 17 points in the third quarter alone. They scored four points in the fourth to close the result.

The lone bright spot for the X-Men was Jordan Catterall. He pulled in six catches totalling 118 yards and one touchdown.

Craig Leger continued his dominance as the fifth-year displayed why he is one of the best rushers in the league, going for 155 yards on 18 carries for an average of 8.4 yards per possession. Taylor also stood out for the Huskies, finishing with two touchdowns and 106 yards receiving. He had 20 yards rushing and 34 yards on punt returns.

Brett Lauther was solid again for the Huskies as he went three for four on field goals and managed to pin the X-Men deep throughout the night with numerous good punts.

Saint Mary’s may have a 5 – 0 record this season depending whether they get a favourable result from the University of Montreal’s appeal on a match the Carabins may have to forfeit. The X are 1 – 4.

The Huskies and X-Men will face each other once again Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. as they head to Antigonish. The game is on EastLink TV.

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