Aca­dia beats SMU 45-38 in of­fen­sive Loney Bowl

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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 one-yard 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 (AUS), 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.

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