Mount Allison coming off loss to Acadia
SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Mount Allison Football Mounties face a big test Friday when they travel to Halifax to face the Saint Mary’s Huskies in AUS Football Conference action.
Coming off a tough loss to the conference-leading Acadia Axemen last Saturday in Wolfville, the Mounties will be looking to rebound against a team they beat in the pre-season.
“When we played them in the exhibition schedule we managed to hang onto the ball and win the turnover battle. That was important then and it’s important now,” Mounties’ head coach Kelly Jeffrey said Thursday. “They are a team that’s trying to find its identity, but they’re still a good football team.”
In the 30-6 loss at Acadia, the Mounties gave up 14 points in the first half and struggled to control the Axemen’s passing attack, surrendering 259 yards in the air and giving up another 280 on the ground.
Jeffrey said his team can compete with Acadia and every other team in the conference.
“We have learned when can play with anyone in the conference, we just have to continue to improve,” he said. “I’m not sure if we done that last week, but I know we can compete. It’s about being the hot team at the end of the season. We are continuing to build in that direction.”
Jeffrey said the Huskies will be strong at home and feels success will depend on a quick start. He said the game is also important in possible playoff implications.
“I know we have done well there in the first half in previous games, but we’ve struggled in the second half. We have to put together a complete game against them,” he said.
Jeffrey said one of the team’s goals this year is to finish above .500 and host a playoff game at MacAulay Field.
Saint Mary’s is coming off a 32-9 drubbing of St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish last weekend, scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter to blow open a close game.
Mount Allison hosts Saint Mary’s next Saturday at 2 p.m.