The Saint Mary’s Huskies are back on their feet.

The Huskies rebounded Saturday from a season-opening loss to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, piling up 503 yards of offence en route to a 38-10 thumping of the Acadia Axemen in Atlantic University Sport football action in Wolfville.

Huskies head coach Steve Sumarah said his club was “way better” on both sides of the ball in Week 2.

“Not to the point we’re going to order rings, but we showed improvement,” Sumarah said. “Every week is a stepping stone to getting to where we want to be in the playoffs.”

The Huskies had possession of the ball for more than 40 minutes led by quarterback Jack Creighton, who piled up 284 yards and had no interceptions after being picked off four times in the season-opener. Fifth-year receiver Joe Doherty caught both of Creighton’s touchdown passes on an 83-yard day.

Craig Leger rushed for the other touchdown and Devon Jones led the ground game with 108 yards on 14 attempts. Justin Palardy rounded out the offence with five field goals.

As he was in Week 1, Sumarah was particularly impressed with his defence. He was also glad to see turnovers significantly reduced and progress on the offensive side of things.

“Joe Doherty had a great game — he made some great plays,” Sumarah said. “He played with a nice high level of confidence and he and Jack are starting to get a nice rapport going. Both Joe and Carl Hardwick are (developing) that.”

Saint Mary’s is tied with Acadia for second in the AUS with a 1-1 record. The X-Men are first at 2-0.

The Huskies finally make their home debut on Saturday at 2 p.m. against the Sherbrooke Vert et Or.