Mounties look to end dog pound doldrums

Jody Jewers
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SACKVILLE, N.B. - The Mount Allison Mounties have a huge monkey on their backs. Actually, make that a dog.
The 0-3 Mounties head to Halifax today to take on the 2-1 Saint Mary's Huskies in Atlantic University Sport football action at 7 p.m. Mount Allison hasn't won in Huskies Stadium since the glory days of Eric Lapointe, a 22-14 triumph on Oct. 25, 1997.
Mounties coach Kelly Jeffrey's mantra has simply been continuing to improve as a team without talking about wins and losses, a pattern that is expected to continue with the development of rookie quarterback Jake Hotchkiss as the offensive leader.
"Jake can be a dynamic player in this conference," Jeffrey said. "We expect him to make excellent plays, but we also expect him to make some mistakes because of his lack of experience. Over time, we can hone his skills so that these mistakes can be reduced."
The mistakes being made defensively are also a continuing theme. Mount Allison's defence has been decent in the red zone - better than Saint Mary's so far this season, in fact, as opponents have scored every time on the Huskies when inside their 20-yard line -but the Mounties have allowed seven touchdowns on plays of 30 yards or more. Mount Allison also sports the worst giveaway/takeaway ratio in the AUS, at minus-11.
"It's the same thing every week - limit the turnovers and the big plays," Jeffrey said. "Those have been our Achilles heel all season and we have to be better at that."
Running back Scott Brady, injured in last week's loss to McGill, is listed as doubtful for tonight. Receiver Jarrett King is out for the season with a torn ACL. Receiver Jared Collett is expected to come off the injured list tonight.
Receiver/return specialist Gary Ross heads into tonight's game in eighth place in AUS career receptions (127), 10th in career receiving yards (1,962), second in career punt return yards (1,598) and second in career kickoff return yards (1,217).

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Saint Mary, Halifax, Huskies Stadium

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