(Halifax, NS) The Saint Mary's Huskies used a 21-4 opening first quarter and defeated the Acadia Axemen 31-8 Saturday afternoon in Atlantic University Sport football action.
Acadia jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a Brandon Jennings' (St. Albert, AB) 32-yard field goal.
SMU answered back with a four play, 69 yard drive capped off with a two-yard touchdown plunge from running back Derek Pisani (Newmarket, ON) for a 7-3 lead.
Acadia muffed the ensuing kickoff and Saint Mary's pounced on the football, taking over at the Axemen 14 yard line.
That's when Huskies' quarterback Brock Berglund (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) wasted no time in introducing himself to the Halifax crowd and the score sheet, hitting receiver D'Shawn Miller (Brampton, ON) on a 14 yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone for a 14-3 cushion.
Acadia scored a single on Jennings' rouge, trimming SMU's lead 14-4 with 3:05 left in the quarter.
Saint Mary's continued their scoring streak in the second quarter on a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown from linebacker Brad Herbst (Ottawa, ON) and built a 14-4 lead.
The kicking game took over in the second half with both teams trading field goals before an Acadia rouge saw the final score 31-8 Saint Mary's.
Brian Hope (Coquitlam, BC) handled the kicking responsibilities for SMU.
Saint Mary's opens the 2016 AUS football season on the road in Wolfville September 10th at 2pm versus Acadia and returns home on Friday, September 16th at 7 p.m. vs the Mounties.
Dominic Nolasco, SMU Communications, photo Mona Ghiz