The Seawolves football team took to home field for their second game of the 2016 season against the Dalhousie Tigers this past Saturday.
The Tigers started off strong with four touchdowns in the the first half and the wind, as usual, was a factor at Canada Games Stadium which played a part in restricting the Seawolves from gaining better field position.
Late in the half the Seawolves put together a 50 yard drive but was stymied by an interception that shifted the momentum back to the Tigers.
Tensions and tempers flared in the closing seconds of the first half, as the Tigers received an objectionable conduct penalty with 22 seconds on the clock.
The half ended with the Tigers scoring on a long touchdown pass that slipped between the Saint John corner-back’s fingers.
The Seawolves defence came alive in the second half with a big stop on a third down and maintained their momentum keeping the Tigers to a single point in the quarter.
Ultimately, the game ended as the clock ran down for a 39-0 final score for the Tigers over the Seawolves.
Jordan Tracey sixth year UNB Saint John student and Seawolves receiver, was not entirely disappointed with the showing. “We had some positive signs with some long distance passes. And a few really good runs.”
He hopes the team can eliminate their undisciplined penalties which stymied both the offence and defence for the Seawolves.
“Penalties always make a difference. Football is a game of who makes the least amount of mistakes and capitalizes on the other team’s mistakes. Fortunately for Dalhousie we made a lot (of mistakes) and they capitalized.”
Despite the 0 – 39 finish, Tracey remains optimistic about the outlook for the rest of the short season saying, “I felt that our defence did really well and improved from the first week against Holland College. We know the areas in our special teams that we need to improve on.”
The Seawolves take to the road this weekend facing the Holland College Hurricanes for a second time this season hoping for redemption following a closely fought 7-3 loss.
Kickoff is at 1pm at McAdam Field on Prince Edward Island and the game will be webcast from the Atlantic Football League’s website.