Axe fi­nally falls on Huskies

Le­gal and sched­ul­ing drama ends in Aca­dia vic­tory

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - SPORT -

Days af­ter their spot in the U Sports foot­ball fi­nal four was lost in a court case, the Aca­dia Ax­e­men are once again head­ing to the Uteck Bowl.

Garvin Cius picked off a Kaleb Scott pass in the end zone on the fi­nal play of the game and the Ax­e­men de­feated the Saint Mary’s Huskies 45-38 in over­time in a thrilling Loney Bowl on Tues­day.

Ax­e­men quar­ter­back Cody Cluett had rushed for a one­yard touch­down min­utes ear­lier to give Aca­dia the lead.

Aca­dia now has the daunt­ing task of host­ing the On­tario cham­pion Western Mus­tangs on short rest in the Uteck Bowl on Satur­day, with the win­ner ad­vanc­ing to the Vanier Cup cham­pi­onship game Nov. 25 in Hamil­ton.

Tues­day’s game was al­most as wild as the le­gal mess that led to the Loney Bowl be­ing played three days af­ter it was orig­i­nally sched­uled.

At­lantic Univer­sity Sport, the gov­ern­ing body for univer­sity ath­let­ics in At­lantic Canada, can­celled the game last week and awarded the cham­pi­onship to Aca­dia. But af­ter a whirl­wind hear­ing over the week­end, Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court Jus­tice Deb­o­rah Smith ruled on Sun­day that the game should go ahead. AUS had ini­tially dis­qual­i­fied Saint Mary’s af­ter de­ter­min­ing that Archelaus Jack, a wide re­ceiver with the Huskies, was in­el­i­gi­ble to com­pete in a univer­sity foot­ball league be­cause he was pre­vi­ously on the prac­tice ros­ter of the CFL’S Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers.

Ted Pritchard/the cana­dian Press

the Aca­dia Ax­e­men cel­e­brate their vic­tory over the Saint Mary’s Huskies in the loney bowl at Aca­dia Univer­sity in Wolfville on tues­day.

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