Mounties, Huskies pick up wins in pre-season AUS football action

Mounties, Huskies pick up wins in pre-season AUS football action

In pre-season AUS football action Saturday afternoon, the Mount Allison Mounties defeated the Acadia Axemen by a score of 29-13 while the Saint Mary's Huskies topped the StFX X-Men by a score of 39-7 in Antigonish.

Acadia 13 at Mount Allison 29

(SACKVILLE, N.B) - The Mount Allison Mounties opened their season with a 29-13 pre-season home win over Acadia at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.

The first points of the game came when the Mounties conceded a safety on their opening possession. Acadia would extend their lead to 5-0 when kicker Ben George connected from 22 yards out after a well-engineered drive by veteran Acadia quarterback Hunter Guenard.  Acadia picked up a single to make it 6-0 after a missed field goal sailed through the end zone three minutes later.

Acadia's lead grew to 13-0 when Brett Switzer picked off a Julian Wytinck pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter.

Mounties sophomore quarterback Hunter Sturgeon (Fredericton, N.B.) started the second quarter and immediately sparked the offense for the home side. Starting from their own 25-yard line, the Mounties drove the field, finishing with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Sturgeon to sophomore Drew Besco in the back of the end zone.  The drive also included a 15-yard scramble by Sturgeon and a 32-yard completion to third-year receiver Nate Benjamin.

Acadia conceded a safety to make the score 13-9, and the Mounties would narrow the gap a little more before halftime as sophomore kicker James Parker connected on a 37-yard field goal with 6 seconds remaining in the half to give the Axemen a 13-12 advantage heading into the break.

The Mounties grabbed their first lead of the game in the third quarter on a drive set up by a 41-yard punt return by sophomore returner Jelani Yorke.  With sophomore quarterback David Patry in the game, the Mounties would score again. The Mounties thought they would have to settle for a field goal but a roughing the passer call gave the Mounties a first down on the Acadia 19-yard line. On the next play, Patry connected with Robbie Walker for the major and a 19-13 lead. Parker sailed the ensuing kickoff through the end zone to give the Mounties another point and a 20-13 lead. 

A bad snap that sailed over the kicker's head for Acadia would result in another safety for Mount Allison to push the score to 22-13.  The final scoring of the game came when sophomore Mounties defensive back Xavier Watson picked off an Acadia pass and ran it back 32-yards for a major.

With pre-season play now out of the way, the AUS regular season will get started next weekend.  Mount Allison will travel to StFX on Saturday, August 24th for a 2 p.m. start while Acadia will host the Bishop's Gaiters to open the season Saturday at 3 p.m.

Recap courtesy Mount Allison Sports Information

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Saint Mary's 39 at StFX 7

(ANTIGONISH, N.S.) – In AUS pre-season exhibition action Saturday afternoon, the Saint Mary's Huskies cruised to a 39-7 win over the StFX X-Men at StFX Stadium.

The game saw the visiting Huskies dress 60 players and the X-Men suiting up 81.

Saint Mary's got out to an early 4-0 lead after the first quarter and bumped it up to a 19-0 halftime lead.

Fourth year kicker Brian Hope (Port Coquitlan, B.C.) accounted for the first quarter points with a 27-yard field goal and a rouge.

Huskies quarterback Josh Shimm (Lawrenceville, GA) threw a 26-yard pass to Josh Henry (Pickering, Ont.) on the opening drive of the second quarter then connected with Shedler Fervius (Scarborough, Ont.) for a five-yard major late in the half.

Saint Mary's continued to dominate on the offensive side of the ball, scoring 13 more unanswered points in the third quarter.

With Avery Clayton (Ottawa, Ont.) in the pivot position, he threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Liam O'Brien (Parksville, B.C.), then Hope added to his point total with another rouge and a 14-yard field goal. The Huskies closed out the quarter with a safety to go up 32-0. 

Their final major came off a 19-yard rushing touchdown four minutes into the fourth quarter by freshman Teon Alexander-Amour (Vancouver, B.C.) who finished the game with six carries for 66 yards.

The X-Men capitalized on a Branden Thompson (Middle Sackville, N.B.) interception deep in Huskies territory and turned it into a touchdown on a one-year run from freshman quarterback Silas Fagnan (Bonnyville, AB).

Fagnan (2-4, 20 yards) was one of four pivots the X-Men used throughout the afternoon, along with fellow rookie Mitchell Tufts (1-3, 15 yards), as well as Quinn Stewart (2-8, 15 yards) and Bailey Wasdal (6-8, 58 yards).

The Huskies were more successful on the afternoon both in the air (375 yards to the X-Men's 108) and on the ground (28-194 to StFX's 23-77) and used just two quarterbacks. Shimm was 15-16 for 193 yards, while Clayton was 11-15 for 153 yards.

O'Brien was their top target, hauling in eight catches for 111 yards. Alexander-Amour (6-66) and Halifax native Tyrique Dixon-Bowden (10-72) were the Huskies top rushers.

For the X-Men, Chase Bowden (St. Catherine's, Ont.) had three carries for 15 yards and Matt Kariath (Calgary, Alta.) had four receptions for 39 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Alexis Verville (Victoriaville, Que.) led the X-Men with five tackles, while Brandon Kohls (Maple Creek, Sask.) had five for SMU.

The AUS season opens regular season play next weekend. The Huskies will have a bye week and will next see their next action on August 31st when they travel to Sackville to take on the Mount Allison Mounties.

The X-Men will host Mount Allison on Saturday, August 24th to kick off the season in a 2:00 p.m. game at StFX Stadium.

Recap courtesy StFX Sports Information 

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