Mounties dog pound doldrums continue

Jody Jewers
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HALIFAX - The streak continues.
The Mount Allison Mounties lost 47-18 to the Saint Mary's Huskies in Atlantic University Sport football action Friday night. Mount Allison hasn't won on Huskies Stadium turf since Oct. 25, 1997, and was done in by a poor second half, surrendering 20 unanswered points.
"We made a few too many mistakes, some by guys we didn't think that would," said Mounties head coach Kelly Jeffrey. "We're a better team than what we showed."
Mount Allison got off to a flying start, as Jake Hotchkiss threw touchdown passes to Jared Collett and Ben Stehr in the first quarter to stake his team to a 14-10 lead.
Saint Mary's got its offence going in the second frame, and held a 27-18 advantage at the intermission.
"That's a team that's been in lots of big games and they responded well (at halftime)," said Jeffrey.
"They know how to make the necessary adjustments, and they didn't panic."
Hotchkiss continued to improve at the helm, completing 20 of 28 passes for 237 yards. The ground game also got going, with Matt Pickett totalling 112 yards on 21 carries. Mount Allison won the battle on turnovers as well, taking the ball from the Huskies twice and issuing no giveaways.
But the defence continues to regress. The Huskies racked up 678 yards of offence, with sophomore quarterback Jack Creighton completing 24 of 33 attempts for 438 yards and three touchdowns.
Mount Allison has now allowed a whopping 2,450 yards in four contests - all losses - and opposition quarterbacks have been sacked just once.
"It's easy to point fingers at the defence, and there have been stretches when they've been down, but there's also stretches where our offence has been down, too," said Jeffrey.
"When that happens, everyone else has to step their game up, and we haven't done enough of that so far this year."
The St. Francis Xavier X-Men did the Mounties a favour by walloping the Acadia Axemen 60-7 on Saturday, keeping Acadia just two points ahead of Mount Allison for the third and final AUS playoff spot. The Axemen beat the Mounties 58-15 in the season opener Sept. 12.
Mount Allison's Gary Ross caught 11 balls for 130 yards, and moved into fifth place in AUS career receptions with 138. He is 38 yards shy of becoming just the eighth player in AUS history with 2,000 career receiving yards.
The Mounties and Huskies head to Rocky Stone Field in Moncton for a rematch this Saturday at 7 p.m.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Saint Mary, HALIFAX, Huskies Stadium Moncton

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