Mounties squashed by Axemen in season opener

Jody Jewers
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WOLFVILLE - The Acadia Axemen finally have a home win on their new field turf playing surface. Unfortunately for the Mount Allison Mounties, it came at their expense.
Acadia racked up 640 yards of offence in a 58-15 romp in front of 1,846 fans at Raymond Field in the Atlantic University Sport football opener for both clubs Saturday. Acadia hadn't won at home since an artificial surface was installed prior to the 2007 season.
Axemen quarterback Keith Lockwood picked apart the Mounties defence for 435 yards through the air, which ties him for ninth on the AUS list for most yards passing in a game, and four touchdowns.
Four of Acadia's touchdowns came on plays totalling 30 yards or more. The Mounties turned the ball over five times on four fumbles and an interception.
"Those were the two big problems we had, our inability to limit the big plays and our turnovers," said Mounties head coach Kelly Jeffrey. "Acadia played a good game and you can't take away anything from them, but we turned the ball over way too much and really set them up for scoring chances."
Scott Brady scored Mount Allison's touchdowns on runs of one and 11 yards. Olivier Eddie booted both converts and added a punt single. The Mounties trailed 24-8 at halftime.
Jeffrey opted to use the two-pronged attack of rookie quarterbacks Jason Bertrand and Jake Hotchkiss to replace departed 2008 AUS MVP Kelly Hughes. Bertrand was 13-of-21 passing for 124 yards, and Hotchkiss was 4-of-7 for 35 yards.
"We saw some good things out of both of them," said Jeffrey, who plans to use both in next week's home opener against the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, who defeated nationally No. 4 ranked Saint Mary's Huskies 24-19 in the other AUS game Saturday.
"It was good to get the first-game jitters out of the way, and they're only going to get better."
Brady wound up with 46 yards rushing on a dozen carries. All-Canadian receiver Gary Ross was held to 33 yards on five catches, and did not touch the ball on a punt or kickoff return, as Acadia consistently avoided him on special teams. Linebacker Akwasi Antwi led the Mounties defence with 81⁄2 tackles, and linebacker Ben Halpern added 71⁄2 tackles, including a sack.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Acadia, WOLFVILLE, Saint Mary

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