By Howard Tsumura Sun, Nov 21 2010 Howie’s High School Hamper
No. 2 W.J. Mouat 39 vs. Carson Graham 12
VANCOUVER — Cam Bedore may have had 14 days off since last taking a live snap, but on Saturday night at UBC’s Thunderbird stadium, the senior quarterback for Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks didn’t look the least bit rusty, especially considering he was working on a carpet of the previous night’s snow fall.
Bedore piloted the No. 2-ranked Hawks past North Vancouver’s Carson Graham Eagles 39-12 in the quarterfinal round of the Subway Bowl playoffs, doing his short-yardage duty at the goal line, and breaking contain to find members of his deep and talented crew of receivers.
On the night, Bedore rushed for three scores and passed for two others, putting his team into the semifinals this coming Saturday against the same team — the No. 3-ranked Vancouver College Fighting Irish — that Mouat beat to win its last B.C. title in 2005.
Mouat also beat Vancouver College in last season’s semifinals.
“We’re ecstatic. we knew we had to come in off the last loss and have a performance to show that we’re still in the running,” Bedore said of his team’s 36-6 loss in the Eastern Conference regular season finale two weekends ago to the Terry Fox Ravens.
“It was sitting on us the whole bye week,” he continued. “We were all saying we don’t want to have that feeling again.”
The Hawks were clearly feeling different about things on Saturday night and a lot of that came because of how locked in Bedore was to both the run and pass sides of his brain.
He opened the game by scoring on a one-yard run, then passed nine yards to Deion Bains for a score.
After fullback Luke Friesen rushed 31 yards for a score, it was back to the same pattern.
Bedore rushed for a 17-yard touchdown, then went 39 yards to John Watson for a back-breaking major that not only put the Hawks up 32-6, but did so with just 34 seconds remaining in the first half.
In the third quarter, some big pass plays got the Hawks deep into Carson Graham territory, and from there, Bedore called his own number again, this time from a yard out for a 32-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“He was just outstanding,” said Mouat head coach Denis Kelly, of Bedore who adjusted to positional changes throughout the lineup by finding other targets in the absence of standout injured wide receiver Desmond Bassi.
“He has just led the team all year and we’re just hoping he can finish it off here and just a great rest of his senior year because he’s certainly been great career for us. He’s one of the best players we’ve ever had.”
Carson Graham quarterback Sam Worthen, who showcased himself as one of the province’s top quarterbacks down the stretch drive of the season, went 11 yards to Aaron Charlton in the fourth quarter to make the 39-12 final complete.
UBC received as much or more snow than most part of the Lower Mainland, and Kelly admitted he was taken aback when he walked into the stadium on Saturday and saw the white field.
“I was shocked because out our way we have very little on the ground,” said Kelly. “And we didn’t find too much on our way home last night. It is an equalizing factor to a point because no one can get good footing. We reacted well and played well despite the conditions.”