By Jean Konda-Witte, The Times October 5, 2010
It was the closest thing Abbotsford will ever get to Friday Night Lights as W.J. Mouat trounced the Americans at their own game on the gridiron.
And as hundreds of fans packed the stands and crowded the fence line around Mouat Field, two and three deep, the varsity Hawks did not disappoint, marching down field, again and again, as they beat the Bonita Vista Barons of San Diego 35-14 in exhibition on Friday.
Even the competition came to watch.
Football players from area high schools were on hand, as was a contingent of Terry Fox Secondary School football officials, who stood in the end zone to get a closer look at how their perennial rivals would handle the Yanks.
The Mouat defence provided a tremendous early lift for the team as they returned two Baron passes for touchdowns, the first a 20-yard effort by linebacker Daniel Markin and the second was a spectacular 70-yard return by corner Tanner Hamade. Luke Friesen conversions made it 14-0 Mouat.
The Barons responded with a touchdown drive of their own, but the Hawks then put on their most impressive offensive drive of the evening, going 80 yards down the field, capped by a 7-yard pass from QB Cam Bedore to tailback Devin Logan.
A fumble recovery by Brandon Barrett on the ensuing kickoff set up another score, again with Logan receiving a touchdown pass from Bedore, this time from 10 yards out. Friesen’s conversion made it 28-7 Mouat at the half.
In the third quarter Bedore, who hit on 19 of 30 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns, hit Friesen on a five-yard crossing route to make it 35-7.
Defensively for the Hawks, J.D. Paul was outstanding, getting two quarterback sacks and eight tackles overall, Jake Heathcote had two sacks and safety John Watson had six tackles.
The win makes the Hawks 4-0 on the season and it was their second straight win against U.S. competition.
According to www.canadianfootballchat.com, (not including Friday night’s game) the Mouat Hawks are ranked No. 2 in all of Canada and boast two players in the Top 10 for touchdowns scored.
Grade 11 running back Devin Logan has six TDs while Grade 12 QB Cam Bedore has four rushing touchdowns and has thrown for six touchdowns and just two interceptions. Desmond Bassi and John Watson, both Grade 12, have three receiving touchdowns each, and are Bedore’s two favourite targets.
On Friday the Hawks will host Lord Tweedsmuir in their first conference game. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Mouat Field and the game will again be featured on CTV as the high school game of the week.
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