Mounties look to put Huskies on a leash

Jody Jewers
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SACKVILLE, N.B. - The Mount Allison Mounties were a couple of plays away from being a 2-0 football team.
But that and a loonie and change will only get you a cup of coffee.
Head coach Kelly Jeffrey knows his club will have to be better Friday night when it heads to Halifax to play the Atlantic University Sport-leading Saint Mary's Huskies, who are actually 2-0 and ranked third in the country.
"If we had been able to execute one or two more plays at key points in both of our games, there's no question we'd be 2-0 instead of 0-2," Jeffrey said. "But our offence is still learning some of the intricacies of some new systems we've put in, and although we've reduced the number of turnovers so far compared to last season, we're still not where we want to be."
The Mounties might also have to deal with the return of 2007 Hec Crighton Trophy-winning quarterback Erik Glavic to the Huskies lineup. Glavic told Metro Halifax on Wednesday he'll be a game-time decision.
Glavic, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Uteck Bowl last November, took the pre-game warm-up last week against the Bishop's Gaiters but did not dress.
The Huskies have used a three-quarterback rotation in Glavic's absence and have relied heavily on the running attack, which is averaging a whopping 291.5 yards per game.
"We're preparing as if (Glavic) is going to play," Jeffrey said. "One of their other quarterbacks is very mobile, so we figure they'll do a lot of the same things with or without him."
Jeffrey has stressed getting off to a quicker start and continued improvement on special teams in practice this week. The Mounties trailed 14-3 in the first quarter against Sherbrooke last week and 19-10 at halftime in their season-opener two weeks ago at St. Francis Xavier. Special teams blocked four punts a week ago, but gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown and a long punt return that set up another score.
"We haven't been consistent in either area," Jeffrey said. "Special teams is such a big key to our overall game, so we have to be better in that area. Hopefully we can get a big play early and set the tone so we don't feel like we have to play catch-up all the time."
Game time is 7 p.m.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport, Metro Halifax

Geographic location: Saint Mary

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