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Center (56) Dustin Plett blocks for QB (7) Cam Bedore in last season's opener. Photo: T. Plett

By Howard Tsumura – Wed, Sep 8 2010 Howie’s High School Hamper

The first weekend of home games also includes the 2010 Triple A home opener for a New Westminster Hyacks team that is younger than past editions and looking to make progress from last weekend’s 40-0 road loss to Kennedy High of Mt. Angel, Ore.

The unranked Hyacks (0-1) face the No. 1-ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks (0-0) of Abbotsford in a 7:30 p.m. contest under the lights at Mercer Stadium.

“It’s a huge challenge,” said Hyacks head coach Farhan Lalji of facing a Mouat team that lost in last season’s Subway Bowl championship final and returns so many of its top players this season. “They have no weaknesses so you have to be completely disciplined and make them work for their points. You have to make them nickel-and-dime it down the field, so tackling has to be perfect.”

Hyacks lineman Jamie Wandell was a standout against Kennedy and will once again be a team anchor, as will quarterback Regan Eberding and running backs James Belgrave and Manraj Bains.

That trio is also the heart of the Hyacks defensive secondary and they will get one of their toughest tests of the season from Mouat quartrback Cam Bedore and his deep and talented collection of receivers.

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