By Howard Tsunamura, the Province
W.J. Mouat 31 at Holy Cross 13
SURREY — Quarterback Cam Bedore rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another, but No. 1 W.J. Mouat’s 31-13 win over unranked and unheralded host Holy Cross was a lot closer than the score indicated.
“They gave us everything we could handle,” admitted Mouat head coach Denis Kelly of the Crusaders (1-6, 0-3) who led 7-0 and were within 24-13 late in the third quarter. “They are a changed group from what we have seen of them from film over the last two weeks. I don’t know if maybe the boys weren’t ready, maybe they got in too late from the UBC football game on Friday night. Anyways, it just goes to show you that you can’t take anyone for granted so I hope it’s a lesson learned.”
Bedore helped stake the Hawks to a 14-7 lead with scoring runs of 41 and 67 yards and Tanner Strauss made it 17-7 at the break when he kicked a 20-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Bedore threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to David Park, but the Crusaders answered and the Hawks didn;t have much breathing room until Bedore scored from a yard out in the fourth quarter.
“(Tyler) Buchan had a great game for them,” said Kelly of the Crusaders’ star running back. “We were really having trouble wrapping up on him.”
The Hawks are hoping to have starting middle linebacker Luke Friesen back from injury when they face St. Thomas More this weekend.