The Mount Allison Mounties lost their Homecoming game 35-27 to the StFX X-Men at Alumni Field Saturday afternoon. A big 4th quarter by the X-Men proved to be the difference in the game.
The visiting X-Men scored the first points of the game when they picked up a single point after kicker Keiran Burnham missed on a 31 yard field goal attempt.
The Mounties got the Homecoming crowd going 10 minutes into the game. Facing a 2nd and 6 from their own 30 yard line, the Mounties lined Malik Richards up in the wildcat formation and he took the direct snap 71 yards for the game's first major. James Parker converted the extra point to give the Mounties a 7-1 lead.
Three minutes late the Mounties went back to work. Punter Graham Kelly recovered his own punt to give the Mounties possession at the StFX 28 yard line. One play later quarterback Troy Downton found Malik Richards in the end zone to give the Mounties a 14-1 lead.
After picking up another single point to run the lead to 15-1, the Mounties conceded a safety to leave the score at 15-3 in the 2nd quarter.
The X-Men would fine the end zone before half time as quarterback Bailey Wasdal hit David Dean for a 13 yard touchdown. This left the score 15-10 for the Mounties at halftime.
The Mounties would extend their lead in the 3rd quarter when 5th year senior Kiel Ambursley brought the crowd to its feet with a 72 yard touchdown run. The Mounties lead grew to 27-10 with 12 minute remaining in the game when freshman kicker James Parker connected from 27 yards out.
The X-Men answered quickly with a touchdown drive capped by a 1 yard run by quarterback Bailey Wasdal. With the score now 27-17, the Mounties gave up a safety and kicked the ball back to StFX. One play later Wasdal hit Kaion Julien-Grant for a 56 yard touchdown. The X-Men converted the 2 point attempt, leaving the game tied at 27 with 7 minutes remaining.
StFX forced another safety to take a 29-27 lead and then a pair field goals by Keiran Burnham from 31 and 37 yards sealed the win for the X-Men.
Troy Downton was 21 of 30 for 185 yards on the day with 1 touchdown pass. Kiel Ambursley rushed for 146 yards on 16 carries, including his 72 yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Josh Hicks had 6 catches for 67 yards for the Mounties while Malik Richards had 4 catches for 51 yards and 1 rush for his 71 yard touchdown.
Bailey Wasdal was 14 of 24 for 186 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception for the X-Men. Running back Jordan Socholotiuk ran for 177 yards on 33 carries for the X-Men.
The Mounties now travel to Quebec to play Bishop's next Saturday, September 29th. StFX will host Saint Mary's on the 29th at Oland Field.