Mounties carry momentum and confidence into Wolfville

Jody Jewers
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SACKVILLE, N.B. - Momentum is a precious commodity in any sport.
And now that the Mount Allison Mounties have some, head coach Kelly Jeffrey is preaching to his troops not to let it go heading into Saturday's Atlantic University Sport football matchup in Wolfville against the Acadia Axemen.
The Mounties occupy the third and final playoff berth in the AUS with a 1-3 record and are coming off that lone win, a 27-24 overtime thriller against the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. Acadia is 0-4, with two of those losses to nationally No. 3-ranked Saint Mary's and one to top-ranked Laval. The other defeat came in overtime to St. F.X.
"Last week was real big in terms of our confidence level," said Jeffrey. "The kids are buying into what we're telling them and it's starting to pay off.
"But last week was a really strong, emotional win, and sometimes you get a little deflated coming off that, so we've tried to stress that nothing has been decided yet and to keep that sense of urgency."
The Mounties can take a big step forward to clinching a playoff berth by beating the Axemen, which would put Mount Allison two games up on Acadia with just three to play and in control of the tiebreaker should both teams finish the season with identical records.
The Axemen visit the Mounties on the final day of the regular season Oct. 25.
"I think you have to approach this as essentially a playoff game," Jeffrey said. "It's a chance for us to win, and it's also a chance to keep them off the board."
Mount Allison won the turnover battle last week, forcing four while giving up two, and took only 20 yards in penalties compared to 114 for the X-Men. If they can duplicate that success, coupled with the faster track of the new artificial surface at Raymond Field that would seem tailor-made for the small and speedy Mounties, Jeffrey likes his team's chances.
"We played very smart last week," said Jeffrey. "And we have to continue to do that."
Cornerback-return specialist Bradley Daye is not expected to dress for Mount Allison because of a knee injury. Game time is 2 p.m.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Wolfville, Saint Mary

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