Gaiters lose to Huskies in home opener 40-21

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Dy­lan Konecny Women’s Soc­cer

The Bishop’s Gaiters lost their sec­ond straight game since the start of the sea­son, fall­ing to 0-2 in AUS con­fer­ence play. The Saint Mary’s Huskies took con­trol of the game early on scor­ing on four of their first five pos­ses­sions, jump­ing out to a 23-0 lead in the first quar­ter forc­ing the Gaiters to play from be­hind the rest of the game.

Bishop’s got on the board to cut the lead to 23-7 when Nathan Walker caught a pass from Mathieu De­mers for a 37yard touch­down.

SMU added a field goal and forced the Gaiters to con­cede a safety to make the score 28-7 at the half.

In the sec­ond half, the Gaiters were un­able to sus­tain mo­men­tum af­ter big plays. The most no­table was when Walker, at the start of the fourth quar­ter, re­turned a punt from the Bishop’s 15 yard line all the way to the SMU 5 yard line but the dy­namic play was called back due to a hold­ing penalty against Bishop’s.

In the sec­ond half Bishop’s got two scores, a 39-yard touch­down to Zac Ben­son to cut the score to 37-14 and a 5-yard re­cep­tion from Dashaun Smel­lie to make it 40-21.

On spe­cial teams, the Gaiters had mul­ti­ple kicks blocked, a punt that led to an im­me­di­ate Huskies touch­down, and a field goal at­tempt that was tipped at the line of scrim­mage.

The Huskies (2-0) got a great per­for­mance out of quar­ter­back Kaleb Scott, who fin­ished the game with 391 pass­ing yards and four touch­downs, al­though he was also picked off three times by the Bishop’s de­fence for in­ter­cep­tions.

Walker, the Gaiters’ player of the game, fin­ished with two re­cep­tions for 41 yards and a touch­down as well as eight punt re­turns for 126 yards.

De­mers was un­der cen­ter this week at quar­ter­back af­ter Dy­lan Tucker started week one. De­mers fin­ished 20 of 41 pass­ing for 291 yards, three touch­downs, three in­ter­cep­tions, and was sacked four times.

The Gaiters (0-2) will look to get their first win on the road against the Mount Al­li­son Moun­ties (1-1) this week be­fore re­turn­ing to Coul­ter Field to host the St. Fran­cis Xavier X-men (1-2) for Home­com­ing on Septem­ber 23.

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