The Acadia Axemen celebrate their victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies at the AUS Loney Bowl championship on Saturday (Photo: Megan Lyons)

Huskies season cut short

SMU football season comes to an end after the Acadia Axemen claim victory in the 2011 Loney Bowl


The SMU Huskies' football season ended on Saturday at the Atlantic University Sport Loney Bowl championship game.  The Acadia Axemen beat them 39-30, ending the Huskies' four-year Atlantic conference run.

Two minutes into the game, Acadia’s quarterback Kyle Graves scored the Axemen’s first touchdown in front of 2,835 fans on Raymond Field. Jack Creighton — SMU's quarterback and AUS player of the year — threw a 51-yard pass to Jahmeek Taylor who quickly tied the score at 7-7. They followed this up with a 10-yard field goal by Brett Lauther which gave them brief headway.

By half-time, the Axemen led 22-10, and they continued to build on the lead for the rest of the game.

Creighton completed 251 yards on 17-of-30 passes but was intercepted twice. Axemen’s Graves completed 12-of-16 passes for 170 yards. He finished with 78 rushing yards on 10 carries. He was named MVP of the game and awarded the Don Loney memorial trophy.

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2011 Loney Bowl SMU vs. Acadia (Credit: Megan Lyons)

Steve Sumarah, Head Coach of the Huskies, said his team went into the game confident. “We felt we had a good offence and defence. We thought we matched up with them very well.” He said the biggest weakness the team had Saturday were the injuries that piled up in the first half of the game.

Defensive player Carson Dowds and offence player Brandon Jordan both walked off the field due to injury. “It’s been biting us in the butt all year… It became very much a level of frustration,” said Sumarah.

Though Sumarah admits his team could have “been better than we were,” he says the Axemen deserved the victory. “Kudos to them. They were consistent all year and played well all year. On that day the better team won.”

Jeff Cummins, Head Coach of the Axemen, said they went into the game extremely confident and felt a very positive vibe. “We really believed we were the better team. We just needed to prove it.”

What's Next?

The Axemen’s win marks their first Loney Ball victory since they were back-to-back champions in 2005 and 2006. The win pushes the Axemen forward to the Uteck Bowl where they will play the McMaster Marauders in the national semi-final next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Moncton, N.B.

This will be the first time a Canadian Interuniversity Sport Semi-Bowl game hosted by AUS will be played outside Halifax, N.S.


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