By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
Published: September 19, 2010 6:00 PM
Defence plus Devin equaled dominance for the W.J. Mouat Hawks on Saturday.
Devin Logan, the Hawks’ Grade 11 tailback, rushed for three long touchdowns, and the Mouat defence defused a powerful Mount Douglas Rams offence en route to a 33-6 victory at Mouat Field.
The visitors from Victoria came in ranked No. 5 among AAA teams in B.C., with an offence headlined by a pair of standouts from the provincial under-18 team: quarterback Tyler Fong and running back Terrell Davis.
But it was Logan who stole the show. The rookie rusher busted loose for TD scampers of 45, 29 and 26 yards, and finished with 185 yards on 16 carries as the No. 1-ranked Hawks improved to 2-0 on the season.
“The O-line made some great blocks,” Logan said afterward. “I just had to cut back and make the right reads.”
The Hawks’ passing game also had its moments. Quarterback Cam Bedore, who finished 17-for-26 for 214 yards, got the Hawks on the board with a 34-yard scoring strike to John Watson in the first quarter. He also ran the two-minute drill with aplomb, moving the ball down the field on a long pass to slotback Luke Friesen before hitting Desmond Bassi for a 22-yard TD with just eight seconds left in the first half.
That gave Mouat a 21-0 lead at the break, which was more support than the Hawks defence would require. Mouat held Mount Douglas off the scoreboard until early in the fourth quarter, when Davis finally broke through with a one-yard TD run. Linebacker Jake Heathcote led the Hawks with six tackles, while Sammy Jasper and Deion Bain had two sacks apiece.
Hawks coach Denis Kelly pointed out that the complexion of the game would have changed drastically had the Rams been able to get their passing game going. On a couple of occasions in the first half, Fong’s receivers dropped what would have been sure touchdown passes.
“The great advantage for us was, they didn’t hit on the passing opportunities they should have,” Kelly pointed out. “But you’ve got to give our defence a lot of credit. We put a lot of pressure on them.”
Logan now has six touchdowns in the first two games of the season. Kelly said the rookie gives the Hawks a different look than they had with Allan Dicks, last year’s star running back. Whereas Dicks was more of a straight-line runner with raw speed and power, the shifty Logan has excellent vision and a great understanding of how to use his blockers.
“He’s a great back,” Kelly said of Logan. “He’s got a great feel, great instincts, and he’s a good complement to our passing game.”