Mounties topple X-men to earn first win of season

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Ross continues to excite fans withthrilling kick returns

Homecoming proved to be just that for the Mount Allison Football Mounties.

Mounties topple X-men to earn first win of season

SACKVILLE, N.B. - Homecoming proved to be just that for the Mount Allison Football Mounties.

Sparked by exciting return man Gary Ross' 60-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, the Mounties defeated the St. Francis Xavier X-Men 25-15 and evened its Atlantic Football Conference record to 1-2 and rebounded from last week's 61-14 thrashing at the hands of the St. Mary's Huskies.

Ross, who now has two punt returns for scores this season, finished with 194 return yards on the day.

Mounties quarterback Kelly Hughes threw for 254 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to Jon Dyer who led all receivers with three catches for 106 yards.

Hughes also had a one-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter.

Kyle Chisholm booted four field goals for the X-Men. Mount A led 16-7 at the half.

Mount A linebacker Matt Harding had eight tackles to take over top spot on the AUS all-time list with 205.5, passing Acadias Steve Faoro (200).

At Wolfville, James Michener made three of four field goals, including the game-winner from 22-yards out with three seconds remaining to give Acadia a wild 45-44 victory over McGill in CIS action on Saturday.

The two teams combined for 1,001 yards of net offence and the game featured numerous records in both leagues. It also marked McGills first loss in eight interlocking contests since play between the Atlantic and Quebec football conferences began in 2002. The Axemen improved to 4-7 in interlocking affairs.

Acadia quarterback Keith Lockwood completed 36 of 52 passes for 456 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He broke Bob Camerons 30-year-old single-game AUFL completion record of 35 set in 1977.

Acadias Matt Carter and Doug Fryer each caught 10 balls for 134 and 129 yards, respectively. Fryer found the endzone twice, while Carter hauled in one TD. Rounding out the scoring for the Axemen was running back Tom Flaxman, with a 12-yard run.

At Halifax, the No. 7-ranked Saint Marys Huskies scored 31 unanswered points after falling behind 14-0 after the first quarter en route to a 34-21 win over the No. 6 Stingers, in Atlantic-Quebec interlock action.

Elsewhere in CIS action Saturday, it was: No. 3 Ottawa 53, York 14; No. 5 Laurier 35, No. 10 Waterloo 3; Bishops 24, No. 9 Montreal 5; Guelph 31, Western 17; McMaster 39, Toronto 11; No. 4 Manitoba 15, No. 2 Saskatchewan 10; Alberta 45, Simon Fraser 10; and Queens 38 Windsor 3.

*With files from The Canadian Press

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Organizations: Mount Allison Football Mounties, Halifax, Canadian Press

Geographic location: Atlantic, Quebec, Atlantic-Quebec Ottawa

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