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Time in the basement a 'wake-up call' for Huskies

The Saint Mary’s Huskies are the defending champs, but they’re also a last-place team fighting for respect.

The Saint Mary’s Huskies are the defending champs, but they’re also a last-place team fighting for respect.

Humbled by an Atlantic University Sport season-opening loss to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men on Saturday, head coach Steve Sumarah has hit the gridiron this week trying to get his players’ heads back in the game for Saturday’s 7 p.m. road contest against the Acadia Axemen in Wolfville.

“I hate to say it, but I think we were a little bit cocky,” he said, of Saturday’s 24-19 setback to the X-Men.

Tied with the Mount Allison Mounties with 0-1 records, the Huskies — with eight titles in the past 10 years — are looking up at St. F.X. and Acadia in the standings.

That’s been enough to wipe away a lackadaisical attitude that Sumarah said plagued the team last week.

“Way different,” Sumarah said of the focus in practice. “It was a wake-up call as these things are. You get a chance to really learn more about yourself with a loss than a win.”

Sumarah also announced yesterday he has suspended sophomore defensive back Jeff Hecht and rookie linebacker Aaron Crawford for one game for “conduct detrimental to the team” after a couple of on-field incidents in Saturday’s loss.

Although the Axemen went 1-7 last season, they dominated the Mounties in a 58-14 victory on Saturday.

“We’re in for a battle for sure,” Sumarah said.

 
 
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