The Mount Allison Mounties saw their football season come to an end on Saturday with a 28-18 loss at Bishop's in the Subway AUS Semi-final presented by Keep it Social. The semi-final game was originally scheduled for a 2PM Eastern start but the start time was pushed back to 6PM because of flooding in Sherbrooke on Friday.
Bishop's built a 19-0 halftime lead and in the end and despite a spirited comeback in the 2nd half, it proved to be too big a hole for the Mounties to get out of. The Mounties and Gaietrs traded safeties early in the 3rd quarter to push the score to 21-2 before the Mounties started their comeback.
Mounties sophomore quarterback David Patry got the offense going with a 71 yard drive to get the Mounties to the end zone with 4 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. The scoring play came when Hunter Sturgeon scored on a QB sneak from 1 yard out.
The Mounties grabbed momentum in a big way when defensive back Jake Spence scooped up a fumble from Bishop's quarterback Charles Aubrey and ran it 10 yards for a touchdown. James Parker's extra point brought the Mounties to within 5 points at 21-16 with 12 minutes remaining in the game. Parker's ensuing kickoff gave the Gaiters a starting field position of their own 1 yard line. But Bishop's was able to engineer a drive to cover the length of the field and score to re-establish a 12 point lead at 28-16. The Mounties would pick up a late safety but would get no closer.
Bishop's ran 63 plays for 348 yards while Mount Allison had 53 plays and 196 yards.
With the win, Bishop's heads to the AUS Championship, the Loney Bowl, and have a date with the undefeated Acadia Axemen in Wolfville, N.S. on Sat. Nov. 9.