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Mouat welcomes U.S. visitors: BC High School Football Notebook

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By Howard Tsumura Thu, Sep 30 2010 COMMENTS(0) Howie’s High School Hamper

U.S. opposition is on the menu again for B.C.’s No. 1-ranked Triple A football team.

Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks (3-0) are set to round out a four-game non-conference schedule on Friday when it plays host to the visiting Bonita Vista Barons (0-4) of Chula Vista, Cal.

Bonita Vista is one of the larger schools in the San Diego region, boasting a Grades 9-12 student population of 2,800 students, almost double the size of Mouat’s 1,500 student body.

“That might be a bit too much for us but we’ll give it a go,” admits Hawks’ head coach Denis Kelly.

Mouat, coming off a 41-28 win last Friday in Omak, Wash., is set to enter five straight weeks of Western Conference play beginning with its Oct. 8 game against visiting Lord Tweedsmuir.

“We are continuing to improve,” says Kelly, whose team opened the season with a 40-20 win over New Westminster and followed that with a 33-6 win over Mt. Douglas of Victoria. “But we don’t have our kids in team camps over the summer because they always seem to be doing other things and that’s one of the reasons why maybe in the fall they seem to be a little bit ahead of us.”

The Hawks, however, have always saved their best work for the end of the season, including a loss in last season’s B.C. Subway Bowl championship final to Coquitlam’s Centennial Centaurs.

Heading into Friday’s game, Mouat running back Devin Logan is leading all of Triple A in rushing with 480 yards off 49 carries for a 9.8 per-carry average and six touchdowns.

Quarterback Cam Bedore is second in passing behind Kelowna’s explosive Taylor Loffler, throwing for 581 yards and six touchdowns through three games, while also rushing for 181 yards and four scores.

Bedore’s targets have been plentiful and productive as well with John Watson, Desmond Bassi and tight end Luke Friesen all in the top seven in receiving yardage. Watson and Bassi have caught three touchdown passes each and combined, the trio has caught 38 passes for 572 yards.

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