Mounties drop neutral site game

Jody Jewers
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MONCTON - A change of scenery didn't help the Mount Allison Mounties end more than a decade of futility against the Saint Mary's Huskies in Atlantic University Sport football competition.
The Mounties surrendered 35 first-half points and lost 35-7 to Saint Mary's on Saturday night at Rocky Stone Field. Mount Allison hasn't beaten the Huskies since Oct. 24, 1998.
"We had some individual mistakes that cost us drives, but our defence was able to get some better pressure than in previous weeks," said Mounties head coach Kelly Jeffrey.
"Our offence ran 22 plays in the first quarter alone, and we had over 290 yards rushing as a team, and I can't remember the last time we had that."
In all likelihood, that would have been in their last win over Saint Mary's, when two-time Hec Crighton Trophy winner Eric Lapointe was around. Most of the 421 yards of offence the Mounties had as a team came after Saint Mary's had shut down several of its starters, including sophomore quarterback Jack Creighton.
Mount Allison's points came with 3:58 left in regulation on a one-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Jason Bertrand. Starting pivot Jake Hotchkiss completed 14 of 24 passes for 142 yards, was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions. Hotchkiss also spearheaded the ground game with 121 yards on 10 carries.
Mounties receiver/return specialist Gary Ross continued his march up the AUS career list in several categories. His seven catches brings his total to 145 in four seasons, fourth in AUS history, and his 77 yards receiving moved him past Acadia's Ivan Birungi and into seventh, with 2,171.
He remains second in AUS career punt return yardage (1,607) and kickoff return yardage (1,298). Ross totalled 233 all-purpose yards in the contest, and his 61-yard run set up the Bertrand major.
The Mounties defence totalled four sacks, none against Creighton, three more than they had earned in the first four games of the season.
Mount Allison (0-5) remains two points back of Acadia (1-4) for the third and final AUS playoff berth. Saint Mary's (4-1) and the St. Francis Xavier X-Men (5-0) have clinched postseason spots.
The Mounties will walk into the lion's den that is the PEPS Stadium in Ste-Foy, Que., this Saturday against the defending national champion Laval Rouge et Or at 2 p.m.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Saint Mary, MONCTON, PEPS Stadium Ste-Foy

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