Football Axemen wrap up season with 45-24 win
28/10/2012 9:00 pm
Squires sets CIS record for two 4 TD games in career
SACKVILLE, NS - The Mount Allison Mounties fell 45-24 to the CIS No. 9-ranked Acadia Axemen Saturday afternoon at MacAulay field in Sackville to wrap up the final week of the 2012 AUS football regular season. The Axemen finishe the season with a 7-1 record, matching last season's record.
The loss, combined with the Saint Mary's win over StFX, drops the Mounties into third place with a 3-5 record. The Mounties, with the same number of wins as the Huskies, lose the tie-breaker based on point differential between the two teams in head-to-head play.
The host Mounties drew first blood Saturday afternoon, using their opening possession from their 20-yard line to drive the length of the field and find the end zone, highlighted by a 61-yard run by tailback Jordan Botel.
On a third and goal from the one-yard line, Botel punched it in, his first of two touchdowns on the day. He finished the day with 143 yards rushing on 20 carries. Acadia's offense could only muster two single points in the first quarter, giving the Mounties a 7-2 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Axemen took their first lead of the day when All-Canadian receiver Michael Squires caught his first of four touchdown passes on the afternoon, on a five-yard reception from QB Kyle Graves at 8:22 of the 2nd quarter.
Acadia added to their lead six minutes later when Graves once again found Squires, this time from four yards out. The Mounties responded with an Alec Curtis field goal from 37 yards with 1:39 remaining in the half, but the visitors would score again on the last play before halftime, with the familiar duo of Graves and Squires hooking up for a five-yard touchdown.
Squires four touchdown performance was the second time he had a four touchdown day in his career at Acadia. His first was against Saint Mary's last season on Oct. 22. The feat has Squires in the CIS record books being the only person in the CIS to acheive two 4 TD games in a career.
Acadia stretched their lead to 32-10 in the third quarter with a Ryan Begin field goal and Squires' fourth TD catch of the afternoon.
The Mounties closed the gap after driving 70 yards before Botel punched it in from one yard out for his second touchdown of the day.
With the score 32-17, Begin added two more field goals for Acadia and Daryl Bien Aime scored on a six-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 45-17. The Mounties recorded their third major of the day when backup quarterback Alex Field hit Morgan McIsaac for a 47-yard touchdown play with 44 seconds remaining.
Kyle Graves completed 24 of 38 passes for 292 yards and 4 touchdowns and finished the season with a 251 yards per game passing average - 6th overall in passing yards in the Nation. Kyle made the career record book this season as 5th overall in the AUS in passing attempts and completions. The senior, who graduates this season, also moved into 11th in AUS career passing yards and 13th in career touchdowns
The Mounties now travel to Saint Mary's on Saturday, November 3rd for the Subway AUS semifinal game against the second place Huskies. The game will be broadcast live at 1:00pm on Eastlink TV and webcast online at www.AUStv.ca.
Saint Mary's earned the right to host the semifinal by handing the StFX X-Men a 49-3 loss. Acadia will host the winner in the Subway AUS Loney Bowl on Saturday, November 10th.
Submitted by Mt. Allison Sports Information