Huskies crack whip for game against Axemen

By MONTY MOSHER Sports Reporter
Fri. Sep 18 - 4:46 AM

Steve Sumarah has cracked the whip on his Saint Mary’s Huskies heading into Saturday night’s AUS football game at Acadia.

Coming off a 24-19 loss to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men last Saturday in Antigonish, Sumarah has suspended a pair of defensive players for a week for undisciplined play during the X-Men game.

Sumarah made an example of second-year defensive back Jeff Hecht and rookie linebacker Aaron Crawford.

"We felt we had to make a statement to them, and the rest of the team, that this behaviour will not be tolerated," he said. "It was just being above the team. We want our players to play a team game, that’s all we ask."

The Huskies, the two-time defending conference champions, may have been overconfident entering the game. They started their season ranked No. 4 in the nation, but have fallen to No. 10 after the loss.

Sumarah said the coaches have been both nasty and nice through the week.

"We made sure we were very clear in our direction, but also said that we played a good team," he said. "We told them you can’t give games away, you can’t give plays away."

The Huskies almost played well enough to sneak out with a win despite their infractions. A 41-yard run on a punt fake late in the fourth quarter helped the X-Men to the deciding points after the Huskies had rallied in the second half for a two-point lead.

"When you hold (all-Canadian tailback) James Green to 27 yards, you’ve done some good things," said Sumarah.

The Huskies will need more of a run attack with quarterback Jack Creighton rushing for more yards than any of his three outstanding tailbacks Craig Leger, Devon Jones and Tristan Jones. The Huskies passed more than they ran, which is rare.

"By the end of the year you’re going to see a team at Saint Mary’s that does what Saint Mary’s teams do and we’re going to be running the ball," Sumarah said.

The Axemen expect the Huskies to come in ready.

"By all accounts they should have won had it not been for the fake punt," said Acadia coach Jeff Cummins. "They are a good football team. They are still very talented on offence and defensively they’ve got some studs up front."
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