Mounties face nationally-ranked Axemen

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Coming off emotional homecoming win over X

Mount Allison Football Mounties’ running back Jordan Botel carries the ball against St. Francis Xavier last Saturday. The Mounties are in Wolfville Saturday to face the nationally ninth-ranked Acadia Axemen. 

SACKVILLE, N.B. – After passing one test last weekend, the Mount Allison Football Mounties will face an even bigger one as they head to Wolfville to face the ninth-ranked and conference leading Acadia Axemen in Atlantic University Sport football action on Saturday.

Mount Allison is coming off an emotional homecoming 36-17 victory over the St. Francis Xavier X-Men last Saturday at MacAulay Field with rookie running back Jordan Botel carrying the ball 31 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns..

Quarterback Brandon Leyh was 10-for-16 with 186 yards in the air and one touchdown.

Acadia, at 2-1, is coming off an impressive 26-10 win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

“I don’t know if you stop them as much as contain them,” Mounties’ coach Kelly Jeffrey said Thursday. “They have a pretty impressive quarterback and an electric receiving corps. We’ll have to make sure we hang onto the ball and limit the big play.”

Earlier in the season, the Mounties were having some issues with consistency with two bad quarters leading to two big losses. Last week against the X-Men, Mount Allison managed to avoid the big quarter and built on an early lead with some key second half points en route to the win.

After Ashton Dickson scored on a one-yard touchdown run for St. F.X. late in the second quarter, the Mounties’ defence didn’t give up another point.

It’s something Jeffrey is hoping to carry into Raymond Field on Saturday.

“The goal every week is to have a good start,” Jeffrey said. “You want to win the turnover battle and avoid the big plays going against you. If you do those things you’ll have a shot.”

Jeffrey said the team worked hard in practice to improve on several areas and the team is looking forward to the game because it will show how the team matches up against the top team in the conference.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

 

 

Organizations: Mount Allison Football Mounties, Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Wolfville, Saint Mary

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