WOLFVILLE, N.S. - Twenty one unanswered points in the final frame gave the Acadia Axemen a 30-1 win over the visiting Saint Mary's Huskies in the AUS football season opener in Wolfville.
Rookie receiver Cordell Hastings (Calgary, Alta.) started the final quarter onslaught just under the nine minute mark with a 66 yard touchdown reception from starting pivot Nick Bynkoski (Duncan, B.C.) on a three-play, 75 yard drive that began at Acadia's 35 yard line after a missed 25 yard Huskie field goal for the rouge.
The fourth quarter scoring spree was preceded by three first half field goals by Axeman Brandon Jennings (St. Albert, Alta.), the longest of which was 44 yards - the second of three attempts.
Fifth year all-purpose receiver Eli Prochnau (Cochrane, Alta.), who was named the Subway Player of the Game, added Acadia's second touchdown on a 58 yard run with 3:51 remaining in the fourth quarter.
With less than 2:46 remaining, Huskie's QB was sacked in a third and seven situation on the Saint Mary's 44 yard line giving the Axemen a last crack at pushing themselves into a comfortable lead in the closing minutes of the game.
Third year running back Cameron Davidson (Kentville, N.S.) pulled together a 39 yard drive on four carries including a one yard plunge into the end zone to end Acadia's final quarter scoring streak.
Davidson bolstered the Acadia running game of 262 net rushing yards with 100 yards on 14 carries. Rookie Daniel Obiang Jr. (Ottawa, Ont.) added 51 yards on six runs.
The Axemen out-produced the Huskies with 369 yards of offense compared to Saint Mary's 224.
In the battle of the quarterbacks, Huskie Brock Berglund, topped Bynkoski with 149 yards passing, while Bynkoski had 10 of 23 attempts for 127 yards in the air. Berglund was the Huskies' top rusher with 63 yards.
Huskie D'Shawn Miller (Brampton, Ont.) had a game high of 119 receiving yards on five catches.
Brandon Jennings had three field goals and added two interceptions from his free safety position. The third year Axeman is in his first season as a field goal kicker and hammered home three field goals that included attempts from 12, 44 and 11 yards out.
The Huskies host MTA in their home opener on Friday, September 16th at 7 p.m. Tickets on sale at the Homburg Centre starting Monday.
Source, Acadia Communications