After a bye week, the St. F.X. X-Men football team will be back on the field Saturday, at home, in their Atlantic University Sport (AUS) regular season finale.
The Blue and White will host the newest member of the conference – the Bishops Gaiters – at Oland Stadium.
Kick-off is set for 3 p.m.
The key match-up will also serve as the fourth Bigg Bowl.
When interlock play started between the Quebec – where Bishop’s then played – and Atlantic football conferences in 2002, former X student Brian McA’Nulty, who has a deep connection with both universities, wanted to mark the match-up and help build a rivalry between them.
“We thought it would nice to have something to play for,” he said.
When his family donated the Bigg Bowl, they also honoured McA’Nulty’s grandfather Reverend H.R. Bigg, who from 1915 to 1940, was rector of St. Peter’s Church in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
“He was a very humanitarian person,” the grandson noted.
His father, Colonel M.W. McA’Nulty, was the commanding officer for the Bishop’s cadet officer training corps in 1936.
McA’Nulty’s daughter Shannon deepened the family ties to the Lennoxville school, when she decided to attend Bishops, where she was a member of the varsity soccer team – a sport her father also played at St. F.X.
The X-Men captured the first two Bigg Bowl games, in 2002 and 2004, while the Gaiters won in 2009.
“They haven’t played since,” McA’Nulty said, quipping Bishops has the trophy “shined up” for this weekend’s presentation.
Now that the teams are in the same conference, the Bigg Bowl will become an annual event, with the schools alternating hosting each season.
“We are really looking forward to have the games every year,” McA’Nulty said.
Cut down in Wolfville
In their last action (Oct. 14), the X-Men dropped a 35-17 road decision to the Acadia Axemen.
Sophomore quarterback Dylan Fisher finished 19-for-28, with 213 yards and one touchdown pass.
Greg McDonald topped the X-Men with six catches, for 57 yards, while running back Jordan Socholotiuk amassed 84 yards on 12 carries.
Defensively, linebacker Gordon Whyte collected a team-high 8.5 tackles, while Kadel King added eight.