By: Kelcey Brade, ctvbc.ca
Date: Friday Oct. 8, 2010 9:18 PM PT
Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks showed once again why they are the province’s number one ranked team by shutting out Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers 35-0 in the Eastern Conference opener for both teams Friday.
The Hawks offence led by quarterback Cam Bedore found the end zone four times, while their defence wreaked havoc for the Panthers backup quarterback Jordan Lawrence causing three interceptions.
Too many first-half penalties and costly turnovers would ruin any chance of Lord Tweedsmuir of staying in the game.
Hawks safety John Watson was instrumental with two first half interceptions which led to scoring drives from Bedore and the offence.
Desmond Bassi was the early target for Bedore who found the lanky receiver to complete a 60-yard pass-and-run play for the game’s first major.
Bedore’s versatility was on display on the next drive when he called his own number and ran the ball in from 16 yards out.
Then Bedore showed great patience by sitting in the pocket and hitting Tanner Hammade over the middle giving Mouat a 21-0 lead heading into the break.
Hammade would find the end zone again in the second half, but this time on the defensive side of the ball as he picked off Lawrence for a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Bedore showed his ability to throw the deep ball in the fourth quarter by airing out a 60-yard touchdown pass to tight end Luke Friesen.
With the win W.J. Mouat moves into an early first place tie with Terry Fox and Centennial atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 1-0.
The defending AAA varsity champions Centennial provide the next test for the W.J. Mouat next Friday.