Rouge et Or run over Mounties

Jody Jewers
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STE-FOY, Que. - David did not slay Goliath this time.
The Mount Allison Mounties were behind 28-0 after a quarter and 45-0 at the half in a 73-7 loss to the defending Canadian Interuniversity Sport football champion Laval Rouge et Or on Saturday in front of 13,369 fans at PEPS Stadium.
"We played against an excellent football team," Mounties head coach Kelly Jeffrey said. "Hopefully, the speed at which they played the game and their level of intensity is something that will rub off on our team going forward."
The Mounties did have some positives. Quarterback Jake Hotchkiss completed 12-of-15 passes for 199 yards, including a 71-yard catch-and-run to Gary Ross in the third quarter for Mount Allison's lone touchdown. Hotchkiss had his bell rung after being hit in the third quarter and did not finish the game. He's being re-evaluated today.
Ross continued his assault on the Atlantic conference record books, with six catches for 131 yards and four kickoff returns for 105 yards. He's now tied for fourth in career receptions (145), seventh in career receiving yards (2,171), and remains second in career kickoff return yardage (1,298) and punt return yardage (1,607).
The Mounties defence was ravaged for 650 yards, including 536 yards passing, but totalled a season-high five sacks.
Despite their 0-6 record, the Mounties still have a chance to make the playoffs. The Concordia Stingers did Mount Allison a favour by trouncing the Acadia Axemen 39-5 on Saturday, keeping Acadia just two points up on the Mounties for the third and final postseason berth with two games left.
Acadia visits Mount Allison this Saturday at 2 p.m. The Mounties lost 58-15 to the Axemen on Sept. 12, and will need to win by 44 points to regain control of the tiebreaker. Mount Allison visits St. Francis Xavier and Acadia travels to Saint Mary's on the final day of the regular season Oct. 30.
"We've got to go in with the mindset that we'll have to execute very well to beat them," said Jeffrey. "If you go and try and score a ton of points right away, it rarely works and you end up forcing too much and turning the bal over. We had a boatload of turnovers the first time we played them, and we can't have that happen."
Saint Mary's was the only Atlantic team to win an interlocking game last weekend, beating McGill 39-23 in Montreal. St. F.X. lost at home, 33-12 to Bishop's. The Mounties are 2-14 since interlocking play began in 2002.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: PEPS Stadium, Saint Mary, Montreal

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