AUS Loney Bowl rescheduled to this Tuesday
The 2017 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Loney Bowl between Bahamian Eugene McMinns and the Acadia University Axemen and the Saint Mary’s University (SMU) Huskies was scheduled to take place at Acadia over the weekend. However, the game was called into question on Thursday night after it was revealed that one of Saint Mary’s players was on the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster up until October of 2016. University by-laws state a player can’t compete within one year of playing at the Canadian Football League (CFL) level on a CFL registered team. However, there is some ambiguity regarding a calendar year versus an academic year. The player in question is 22-year-old wide receiver Archelaus Jack, the league’s leader in receptions and receiving yards. The controversy led SMU to file several motions on Saturday.
After hearing SMU’s arguments, Associate Chief Justice Deborah Smith of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled that the injunction filed will go ahead. She decided that the Huskies and Acadia Axemen would play this week in the Loney Bowl. That game will be at Acadia on Tuesday. Acadia was the first place finisher in the regular season, and was preparing to play the winner of the Ontario University Athletic Conference Championship in the Uteck Bowl on November 18.
As for the Loney Bowl, Acadia lawyers said in court that putting on a game within 48 hours of notice would be extremely difficult, and in response, representatives from Saint Mary’s have offered to host the game. Saint Mary’s also said that the player whose eligibility was in question will take the field this week to play the game.
Be that as it may, the Axemen head into Tuesday’s game as the favorite to win it all. Behind McMinns, Acadia ended the regular season with a league-best 6-2 win/loss record, winning four of its last five games. Acadia’s record earned them a bye through the first two rounds of the AUS playoffs. The Axemen defeated Saint Mary’s 33-23 on October 21, with McMinns tallying 60 total yards in that game.
McMinns has 346 receiving yards this season with three touchdowns. He finished eighth overall in the league in receptions with 29, sixth in touchdowns and at number 10 in total yards. McMinns’ best game of the regular season came in a 33-14 win for the Axemen over the Mount Allison Mounties. The senior receiver was named the Subway Player of the Game. He finished that game with three catches for 67 yards and one touchdown. He also played a major role on special teams with three kickoff returns for 80 yards and four punt returns for 44 yards.