McGill romps past Mounties

Jody Jewers
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SACKVILLE, N.B. - It's becoming an all-too-familiar refrain for Mount Allison Mounties head football coach Kelly Jeffrey.
"The thing we'll probably come back to all season long is giving up big plays and not turning the ball over," Jeffrey said after his club's 49-27 loss to the McGill Redmen in interlocking Canadian Interuniversity Sport football action Saturday at MacAulay Field.
He couldn't be more right.
Andrew Hamilton was making most of the big plays for the winners, romping 53 yards for the game's first score just 2:38 in, and adding an 85-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Jonathan Collin in the second frame. He would tack on a 12-yard TD run in the third quarter and finished with a whopping 349 all-purpose yards.
Collin wound up with 272 yards passing as the Redmen paraded up and down the field all afternoon to the tune of 632 yards net offence. Mount Allison has surrendered a staggering 1,772 yards to opposing offences in three contests.
Mounties quarterback Jake Hotchkiss returned after a concussion suffered two weeks ago at Acadia and threw for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but also tossed five interceptions. The hosts also had a drive snuffed out on a fumble. Through three games, the Mounties have 14 giveaways and just three takeaways.
"Offensively, we did start to gel a bit," said Mounties receiver Gary Ross, who had his best game of the season with 265 all-purpose yards, including a 90-yard punt return and 35-yard reception for majors.
"We can take some positives from that, and if we can get the defence to where it was a week ago (a 27-21 loss against St. Francis Xavier), then we can win some games."
It's hard to see where those wins will come from. The Mounties are heading into the teeth of their schedule, with back-to-back games against reigning Atlantic champ Saint Mary's followed by a road trip to defending national champion Laval.
"We can't make these types of mistakes against quality teams like SMU and Laval, because they won't," said Ross.
NOTES - Mount Allison's record in interlocking play since its inception in 2002 falls to 2-13. McGill improves to 4-0 against the Mounties during that span. ... Ross moved into eighth place in the Atlantic conference's career receptions list (172) and 10th in career receiving yards (1,962). His career punt return yardage total improves to 1,598, second only to Acadia's Chuck Wust at 1,918, and his career kickoff return yardage was upped to 1,242, second to Eric Nielsen of Acadia at 1,533.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Acadia, Saint Mary, Atlantic

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