The Acadia Axemen defeated the Mount Allison Mounties 27-11 on Saturday on a blustery afternoon at Alumni Field in Sackville.
With a strong wind at their back to start the game, Acadia put points on the board early as they forced the Mounties to a safety just a minute and 12 seconds into the game. The Mounties found themselves pinned again 7 minutes later when the conceded their 2nd safety of the 1st quarter. Acadia extended the lead to 5-0 before the end of the quarter when kicker Jarett Saumure missed a field goal attempt.
The Mounties got on the board early in the 2nd quarter. The Mounties recovered a fumbled punt return attempt by Acadia, giving them the ball on the Acadia 39 yard line. A short time later freshman kicker James Parker hit from 35 yards to make the score 5-3 Acadia.
Acadia extended their lead to 12-3 with 3 minutes remaining in the half when Hunter Guenard connected with Cordell Hastings from 16 yards out. Acadia would pick up another single point before the half leaving the score at 13-3.
Acadia would extend their lead to 20-3 early in the 3rd quarter when quarterback Hunter Guenard hit a streaking Glodin Mulali for a 78 yard touchdown reception. The Axemen would strike again in the 4th quarter as Guenard hit Blake Rennick who then ran 27 yards for the major.
Senior Josh Hicks gave the Mounties crowd something to cheer about late in the game when he scored a 66-yard touchdown on a 3rd and 15 pass play from Graham Kelly. The Mounties were successful on the two-point attempt to bring the score to 27-11.
Senior Mounties quarterback Troy Downton was 7 of 19 for 44 yards on the day. Senior Graham Kelly was 4 of 11 for 119 yards after coming in the game in the 4th quarter. Josh Hicks led Mounties receivers with 4 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. Kiel Ambursley had 58 yards on 7 carries while Chris Reid rushed for 49 yards on 9 carries.
For Acadia, quarterback Hunter Guenard was 23 of 40 for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns. Guenard was named Subway Player of the Game for his efforts. Glodin Mulali had 5 catches for 142 yards and a touchdown.
The Mounties were very proud to host the 2nd Craig's Cause game in support of finding a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. More than $7,000 was raised during the game in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Former Mounties offensive lineman Matt Zwicker has led the charge in building the event on campus. This year's efforts have expanded to also include a Craig's Cause game at Bishop's University.
With the loss the Mounties have been eliminated from AUS playoff contention.
The Mounties finish the 2018 AUS regular season with a trip to StFX to play the X-Men at 2PM on Saturday, October 27th. Acadia will host Saint Mary's for their final game of the regular season.