Yorke scores gameâ€™s only major for Mount Allison
SACKVILLE, N.B. â€“ The defending AUS champion Mount Allison Mounties opened the 2014 season with a 16-8 exhibition victory over the St. Francis Xavier X-Men on a blustery day at MacAulay in Sackville on Saturday.
On a day that saw both teams dress 90 players each, it was special teams that made the difference for the Mounties.
Freshman Mountie Idahosa Yorke announced his arrival to the AUS with a 90-yard punt return touchdown with four minutes remaining in the first half.
Yorke scored the game's only major when he turned the corner and sauntered untouched up the sidelines for the longest play of the day.
The Mounties other points came from a trio of field goals, one from each of the Mounties kickers who were in the lineup. For St. Francis Xavier, their eight points came from two first quarter field goals and a safety late in the third quarter.
St. F.X. opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game when they turned an interception on the first play of the game into a 21-yard Jeremy Ford field goal.
The X-Men stretched their lead to six points with four minutes remaining in the first quarter when Jeremy Ford split the uprights again, this time from 18 yards.
The Mounties responded with a field goal of their own six minutes later, when Kyle McLean connected from 26 yards out.
The score remained 6-3 for the visitors until four minutes remaining in the first half when Yorke made his mark with the long field goal return.
The X-Men forced the Mounties to take a safety with one minute remaining in the third quarter against the wind.
With the wind in the fourth quarter, the Mounties used a 30-yard field goal from freshman Ryan Lambert and a 22-yard field goal from sophomore Jordon Camp to ice the game.
St. F.X. finished the game with more total offense than the Mounties, but Mount Allison punter Kyle McLean did a great job of pinning the X-Men deep all day long, dropping the ball inside the St. F.X. 20 yard line five times on the day.
The Mounties now get ready for the regular season opener against the Acadia Axemen on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. at MacAulay Field.
The last meeting between these two teams was a 19-10 victory for the Mounties in the Subway AUS semifinal last year.