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Saint Mary’s ends campaign with a bow

Early surge holds for Huskies

SMU football. Photo by Alice Hebb

SMU football. Photo by Alice Hebb

So much for slow starts.

To those who considered Saint Mary’s a team that only starts playing in the second half, Oct. 29 may have silenced the doubters as the Huskies finished the regular season with a convincing 59 – 21 victory over the Mount Allison Mounties at Huskies Stadium.

The Huskies clinched second place, 6-2, in the AUS with the victory. The Mounties end the season winless, 0 – 8.

The first drive of the game saw the Huskies march down the field for an 82-yard, five-play touchdown from Devon Jones. The fifth-year veteran played his first game this season after recovering from an injury and had a fantastic debut, recording 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Saint Mary’s would not stop there as pivot Jack Creighton took control, picking apart the Mount Allison defence with ease. Creighton threw for four touchdowns and 188 yards before halftime.

The fate of the game was all but decided by halftime as the Huskies dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Mounties 29 – 7.

In the second half Mount Allison finally got the offence clicking as quarterback Jake Hotchkiss had two passing touchdowns to help his winless squad close the deficit.

The Mounties could not close the gap further, however, and the Huskies took advantage, playing a few of their reserves late in the game. Jesse Mills came into the pocket for the Huskies but was ineffective, missing two passes.

The story of the game, perhaps, was the Huskies’ running game, which ran for 394 yards. The total would have been higher if not for being sacked four times.

This season the Huskies have easily handled the Mounties, beating them by a combined 173 – 41 in three games.

The Huskies face the St. FX X-Men in the AUS semifinal game Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at Huskies Stadium. The team which comes out on top heads to Wolfville to play the Acadia Axemen for the Atlantic crown. The Uteck Bowl is awarded Friday, Nov. 18 to the AUS and OUA league champions. 

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