By Howard Tsumura Sun, Oct 10 2010 Howie’s High School Hamper
Lord Tweedsmuir 0 at W.J. Mouat 35
ABBOTSFORD — Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers discovered first-hand what the first four teams to play No. 1-ranked W.J. Mouat of Abbotsford already know.
Shortening the field with its defence, and once again showcasing its ability to exploit any opposition weakness, the host Hawks (5-0, 1-0) recorded a 35-0 win over Lord Tweedsmuir (1-4, 0-1) in the Eastern Conference opener for both teams Friday.
“Mouat showed why they are the No. 1 team in B.C.,” said Tweedsmuir head coach Kurt Thornton. “When we shut down the middle, they went outside. When we controlled the edges, they went to the air. They are such a diverse team offensively.”
Thornton also praised the defence, and it was John Watson, playing at a safety position, who had the biggest impact, his two interceptions each leading to first-half scoring drives.
Quarterback Cam Bedore found Desmond Bassi on a 60-yard pass-and-run play, then he called his own number for a 15-yard score, and before the half had arrived, he connected with Tanner Hamade for another major.
Mouat built on its 21-0 halftime lead when Hamade turned an interception into a 40-yard touchdown, then Bedore threw his third scoring pass of the evening when he found tight end Luke Friesen on a 60-yard completion. Friesen did not miss a convert in five attempts, just another sign of the little things the best teams do well.
“In spite of a penalty filled game, we kept our composure and executed our plan,” said Mouat head coach Denis Kelly. “We will have to be very sharp next week as we face (No. 5) Centennial in a big league game.”
The Panthers started back-up pivot Jordan Lawrence in place of the injured Mike Messenger and much of Lawrence’s effectiveness was negated by penalties.