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By Howard Tsumura Sat, Oct 30 2010 Howie’s High School Hamper

No. 5 St. Thomas More 7 at No. 1 W.J. Mouat 35

ABBOTSFORD — The battle for first place in the Eastern Conference and an undefeated regular season to boot will be on the line next weekend.

The No. 1-ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks and the No. 2-ranked Terry Fox Ravens insured the regular season dream finale by posting convincing wins on Friday.

While the Ravens were beating the Centennial Centaurs 37-7 to improve to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference, Mouat was doing its part with a 35-6 win over the visiting, No. 5-ranked St. Thomas More Knights (5-3, 2-2) of Burnaby.

Hawks’ leading receiver #88 Desmond Bassi prepares to
make a catch vs Centennial earlier this year. Photo: T. Plett

“After a flat performance last week against Holy Cross, the team really played inspired football tonight,” said Mouat head coach Denis Kelly. “Our defense was outstanding all evening long and we moved the ball well on virtually every possession. We can now concentrate on our last league game against Terry Fox which promises to be a great challenge for us. Our QB, Cam Bedore, was at his best tonight.”

Bedore was indeed special.

Not only did he rush for touchdowns of one and 35 yards, he also went 15 yards to David Park and then 40 yards to Desmond Bassi for scores.

Mouat’s run game was dominant all night. Fullback Brady Churly rushed for approximately 140 yards while tailback Devin Logan churned up approximately 100 yards.

Tanner Strauss made good on all five point-afters. Defensively, linebacker Daniel Markin had a 25-yard interception return while linebacker Jake Heathcote had nine tackles. Churly had seven tackles.

“Mouat showed why they are the number one team in the province,” said STM head coach Bernie Kully. “Cam Bedore and Brady Churly hurt us tonight. They played with great team speed and simply wanted to win more then we did.

“We simply played poorly tonight- we deflated after last week’s win. We as a team need to handle winning better. We need to have a better week of practice, get our head’s straight and play with a sense of urgency in order to beat a vastly-improved Holy Cross team.”

Mikey Carney scored STM’s only touchdown, and also managed an interception. Kyle Madden finished as the defensive leader of the Knights with 10 tackles.

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