By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
Published: November 22, 2010 4:00 PM
Christmas is still more than a month away, but the carol “Winter Wonderland” would have been a fitting soundtrack for the W.J. Mouat Hawks’ 39-12 high school football playoff victory over the Carson Graham Eagles on Saturday.
When the Hawks arrived at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium, they were stunned to find the field blanketed with snow – packed from a day’s worth of playoff games, as much as six inches deep in places.
“We were quite surprised, because there wasn’t much snow in Abbotsford,” Hawks coach Denis Kelly said. “But the kids adapted to the circumstances, and it worked out pretty well.”
The game didn’t resemble a classic Mouat speed-fest. Receivers ran their routes gingerly to ensure they wouldn’t fall. Linemen dug their cleats into the tundra prior to the snap to gain some semblance of traction.
Neither the conditions nor the Eagles were able to slow Hawks quarterback Cam Bedore. He generated five touchdowns, running for three and throwing for two more to John Watson and Deion Bain.
Luke Friesen also had a big game for Mouat, rushing for 115 yards and a TD on seven carries. Brady Churly had four catches for 82 yards, while linebacker Jake Heathcote recorded eight tackles and two sacks.
The Hawks move on to the provincial AAA semifinals, where they face Vancouver College (Saturday, 8 p.m., UBC).
• The Mouat juniors advanced to the AAA semifinals for the fifth straight year, beating Holy Cross 42-18 last Thursday. They move on to face the Mt. Douglas Rams of Victoria on Thursday (3 p.m., Mouat Field).