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Huskies ready for a ‘dogfight’

Defensive momentum is on the Saint Mary’s Huskies’ side heading into the Mitchell Bowl.

Defensive momentum is on the Saint Mary’s Huskies’ side heading into the Mitchell Bowl.

The Huskies, who visit the Calgary Dinos for Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. Canadian Interuniversity Sport football semifinal live on TSN, will march into McMahon Stadium on an impressive six-game winning streak.

They’ve allowed fewer than eight points per game, 91 yards rushing and 136 yards passing while posting 13 interceptions and 23 of their nation-leading 28 sacks.

“We’ve done a good job of stopping the pass when we need to, stopping the run when we need to, and forcing turnovers,” said Huskies all-star linebacker Jeff Hecht. “We’re riding a hot streak with our wins and our defence has played strong throughout that streak.”

But the Dinos, as Huskies fans are well aware, provide a much more formidable threat than any of the Atlantic University Sport teams the Huskies have beaten during their streak.

It was the Dinos — led by two-time Hec Crighton winner and former Huskies star Erik Glavic — who put 38 points on the board in last year’s blowout win over Saint Mary’s in the national semifinal in Halifax.

They’ve been crushing teams during a current four-game winning streak, averaging 42 points per outing.

“They were a very good team last year and they’re a very good team this year — nothing’s really changed,” said Huskies tailback Devon Jones.

“It’s going to be a hell of a game. It’s going to be a dogfight.”

The closest the Huskies came to playing a team as good as the Dinos this season was when they faced the Laval Rouge et Or in Week 2. They lost 45-7.

“We’ve flipped things around (since then) and we’re playing the kind of football we expected to play all year,” Hecht said.

“We want to keep that rolling.”