By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
Published: November 26, 2010 5:00 PM
The W.J. Mouat Hawks junior football team fell one game short of the provincial championship, as the Mount Douglas Rams of Victoria blitzed them 44-25 in the AAA semifinals at a snow covered Mouat Field on Thursday afternoon.
Mount Doug’s physical ground attack, led by aptly named running back Mason Swift, was too much for the Hawks to handle in the first half. Mouat did a better job of slowing Swift after the break, but the Rams took to the air at that point to put the finishing touches on the victory.
“Mount Doug is a super-physical team, and it took us until later in the game to figure out how to play in these conditions,” Hawks junior coach Jon McCarthy said. “By the time we started to stop the run, they went to the pass, and unfortunately they got some big ones on us.
“In these conditions, one guy slips and it’s going to be a big play.”
Hawks tailback Brandon Barratt had a big game in defeat, rushing for three majors. Quarterback Mario Narte, bothered by a shoulder injury all week, also rushed for a touchdown.
That the game even happened was quite an undertaking.
Kickoff was delayed by an hour as players took to the turf with whatever snow removal gear they could find – from shovels to sheets of plywood – to scrape away some of the white stuff.
“I’m so proud of the whole program,” McCarthy said. “It was pretty amazing, seeing the whole group of guys out here clearing the field, just so we could play the game. If that doesn’t say Mouat football, I don’t know what does.”