Mounties look to regain 2012 magic.
For the Mount Allison Athletics Department, it is one of the most exciting times of the year. The Mt. A football Mounties are almost ready to take to the field. On Saturday, September 7th, the Mounties will travel to Antigonish, Nova Scotia to take on the Saint Francis Xavier X-Men (St. FX) in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) regular season action.
On the 14th of September, Sackville will get its first taste of AUS action in an exclusive match-up with Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) foes, the McGill University Redmen. In 2012, the Redmen finished with a record of two wins and seven losses, and finished fourth in the RSEQ.
This game will also be Mt. A’s Homecoming weekend. This will not be a weekend to forget. Former Mountie Éric Lapointe will be in town as the Athletics Department will retire his number five. Lapointe, who graduated from Mt. A in 2000, was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2012. “Sir Éric,” as he is known, was the starting running back for the Montreal Allouettes in the 2005 Grey Cup.
The Mounties will look to improve on last year’s successes with the return of running back Jordan Botel, and quarterback Brandon Leyh, to headline the offense. On defense, the Mounties will have returning stars Quinn Everett, and the versatile Donovan Saunders.
The Mounties also sent four players, and head coach Kelly Jeffrey to the East-West bowl this past May. Coach Jeffrey was head coach for Team East in the game that featured over eighty of the best Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) players in the country.
Of these eighty, four were Mounties. Mt. A sent running back Jordan Botel, receiver Josh Blanchard, defensive lineman Quinn Everett, and punter Kyle McLean.
In pre-season action against the Saint Mary’s University Huskies (SMU), the Mounties lost 32-7.
Nick Lauder, a fifth year student from Hubley, Nova Scotia, had a 41-yard burst in the first half of the game on the ground for the Mounties. Lauder finished the game with 69 yards on nine carries. Jeremie Lebans also had a fifty-one yard punt return for the Mounties. He finished the game with three returns totalling 61 yards.
The AUS has also tried to cover all the games online at atlanticuniversitysport.com, with live video coverage of all the games. This is a great way to catch all of the AUS football games for 2013.
The Mounties will hope to regain form early under Coach Kelly Jeffrey’s lead. Follow along @Argosy_Sports on twitter for more Mounties Football coverage!
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