By Cam Tucker, The Times October 19, 2010
The W.J. Mouat Hawks served notice to the rest of the B.C. High School Triple-A Varsity football contingent that nothing short of a Subway Bowl title will be tolerated this year.
The Hawks, ranked No. 1 in B.C. by The Province, walked into Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam Friday night and handed the Centennial Centaurs a 30-14 thumping in a rematch of last year’s provincial championship.But it took a while for the Hawks to get going, as Centennial opened the scoring on a long drive capped off by a five-yard touchdown run. The Hawks responded and took a 14-6 halftime lead before taking over the game in the third quarter.
“I thought we started slowly but as the game wore on we started to control it on defence and on offence,” said Hawks head coach Denis Kelly on Monday.
The story of the game though was turnovers, and the Centaurs, ranked No. 5 in B.C., were guilty of a number of them in the second half.
The Hawks took advantage, and what was at one time a 17-14 contest quickly turned into a rout.
With the Hawks top receiver Desmond Bassi being covered like a blanket, Braden Churly and Luke Friesen became Cam Bedore’s favourite targets through the air.
Both players had a major impact as the Hawks poured it on offensively in the second half.
“At that point we really took over the game,” said Kelly.
It also showed how mentally tough this year’s team is, especially after nearly completing an epic comeback in last year’s championship game to the Centaurs only to lose by three crushing points.
“You look at the team last year and that was one of its main characteristics, they never gave up in spite of the fact we were way down in the final to Centennial,” said Kelly.
“It’s the same with these guys. They’re quite tough mentally and they know what they’re capable of doing.
“They don’t seem to let the game circumstances at any particular time influence how they play.”