With a decisive victory in their high school football season opener last Friday, the W.J. Mouat Hawks varsity squad built on a long tradition of excellence.
The Hawks rocked the New Westminster Hyacks 40-20 on the road in one of the marquee AAA non-conference match-ups of the season.
Speaking of special, the Hawks served notice they’ve got the chops to make it back to the Subway Bowl for the third consecutive season. The top-ranked AAA team in the province built a 20-6 lead at the half against New West – B.C. semifinalists last year – and sealed the deal early in the third quarter when linebacker Luke Friesen blocked a punt that was recovered at the Hyacks’ five yard line.
The ensuing touchdown by Devin Logan – one of three on the day for the Grade 11 tailback – gave Mouat a 27-6 lead, and they fended off the Hyacks’ comeback attempt.
Logan eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark, while quarterback Cam Bedore completed 11 of 21 passes for 217 yards, including TD strikes to Desmond Bassi and Jon Watson.
“They’ve got a very solid team, very scrappy,” Mouat coach Denis Kelly said, lauding New West. “In the end, we were satisfied with our performance.”
• The Hawks are the only local senior team at home this week. They host Mt. Douglas of Victoria at 4 p.m. at Mouat Field on Friday. Hansen hits the road to face AAA program Mount Boucherie of Kelowna (Friday, 5 p.m.), while Bateman visits Timberline Secondary of Campbell River on Saturday (1:30 p.m.).