Mount Allison Mounties suffer second straight tough loss

Jody Jewers
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SACKVILLE, N.B. - The Mount Allison Mounties are getting tired of moral victories.
After an excruciating 29-24 loss to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in their season-opener in which the garnet-and-gold had a first-and-10 on the X-Men 16-yard line in the final minute, the Mounties had their hearts ripped out again, this time by the Sherbrooke Vert et Or in a 23-22 defeat Saturday in Canadian Interuniversity Sport football action at MacAulay Field.
The Mounties dug themselves a 14-3 hole early, but rallied thanks to some inspired special-teams play, including four blocked punts, and held a 22-14 lead with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter.
Sherbrooke scored what proved to be the game-winning points on Alex Beaudoin's 28-yard touchdown catch with 31 seconds left. The two-point convert failed, and the Mounties got as close as the Vert et Or 40-yard line in the dying seconds, but Olivier Eddie's 47-yard field-goal try for the win was his only miss in six attempts on the day, sailing wide left.
"I hit it pretty good," Eddie said. "But no excuses. They won the game. We didn't."
Being in close games yet not winning is an all-too-familiar pattern for the Mounties. Dating back to last season, Mount Allison has lost five of its last six games by six points or less.
"It's frustrating to be that close," interim Mounties head coach Kelly Jeffrey said.
"But I don't look at this game as one we deserved to win.
"We had too many penalties and too many mental mistakes today. If we played an NFL team and got pounded, as long as we played well, I'd be happy. It could've gone our way today, but that's overlooking the bigger problem that we weren't playing well."
Mount Allison quarterback Kelly Hughes completed 25 of 36 passes for 291 yards, including a touchdown toss to Jarrett King. Receiver/return specialist Gary Ross totalled 204 all-purpose yards. Halfback Luke Ekoh paced the Mounties defence with a game-high nine tackles.
Mount Allison (0-2) visits the nationally No. 3-ranked Saint Mary's Huskies (2-0) in Halifax on Friday.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: NFL

Geographic location: Saint Mary, Halifax

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