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Gaiters top Axemen despite slow start

Gaiters top Axemen despite slow start

Despite being the first to find the scoreboard the Acadia Axemen fell 40-9 to the Bishop's Gaiters on Saturday afternoon in Lennoxville.

Jet Wilson blitzed and forced a fumble with a thunderous hit at the 7:50 mark of the third quarter, Alexandre Prevost found the loose ball and scampered 17 yards for a touchdown. That opened the flood gates for the Bishop's Gaiters who scored 16 third quarter points en route to their victory over Acadia on Homecoming Saturday in Lennoxville.  

O'Shae Ho-Sang got the boisterous 2305 fans at Coulter Field on their feet with a 33-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. He caught what appeared to be the Gaiters second major just minutes later, but it was negated due to a penalty.  

A Xavier Gervais 23-yard field goal and a safety on each side rounded out the first half scoring with Bishop's up 12-2 at the break. 

The Gaiters' defense also set the tone early. Yani Gouadfel and Gabriel Royer each recorded interceptions in the first half where the wind caused havoc. 

After the break it was all Bishop's. Following Prevost's major, Mason McGriskin added a 2-yard quarterback sneak to all but seal the game with a quarter to go.   

Acadia scored early in the fourth when Dante Tabacu plunged in from a yard out after Gaiters' penalties gave the Axemen a short field.  

Bishop's starting pivot Justin Quirion connected with Gabin Leux for a highlight-reel 36-yard touchdown to respond to the Acadia score.  Gervais, who is also the third-string quarterback, rounded out the scoring when he hooked up with Ryan Leblanc with 26 seconds left to make the final 40-9.  

Bishop's moves to 2-1 on the year while Acadia falls to 1-3 in the AUS standings.  

Quirion finished 14-23 for 213 yards, a touchdown and interception. Leux had six catches for 111 yards and the major.  

Wilson ended the game with 3 tackles including two sacks and two forced fumbles, one being the blocked punt. He was named Bishop's player of the game.  

For Acadia, Tabacu was 8-14 for 82 yards and an interception while Riley Naujoks went 6-14 for 50 yards and two picks. Maximus Ramirez rushed 12 times for 51 yards and was named Axeman player of the Game. 

Next week Bishop's travels to Mount Allison to face the Mounties (1-2) on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Acadia has their bye.