By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
Published: November 29, 2010 4:00 PM
The W.J. Mouat Hawks ran into a tough Vancouver College squad in the provincial AAA high school football semifinals, droppping a 27-3 decision at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Hawks came in ranked No. 2 in the province, but the No. 3 Fighting Irish pulled off a mild upset.
“Defensively, we weren’t bad,” Hawks head coach Denis Kelly analyzed. “But we were just inconsistent offensively and couldn’t maintain drives because of the pressure they were putting on us.
“We made a few plays and we got down there (into Van College territory) a couple times, but we couldn’t string plays together in succession to score touchdowns. You’ve got to hand it to them – they were well prepared. All in all, I think we had a great year.”
The victory represented a measure of revenge for the Fighting Irish, who lost in heart-breaking fashion, 15-14, to Mouat in last year’s semifinals.
The Irish got two touchdowns apiece from Adam Konar and Charlie Thorpe, while Tanner Strauss’s 28-yard field goal in the first quarter accounted for all the Mouat points.
Vancouver College moves through to the B.C. finals, where the face the top-ranked Terry Fox Ravens of Port Coquitlam.
The Hawks have played both teams within the last month, and Kelly predicted the Ravens would win by a whisker. Fox’s fleet-footed quarterback Cam Canales, Kelly believes, will be the difference.”
“They’re both big, physical crews,” Kelly noted. “Canales is very elusive, and he’s bound to break away at one time or another. He really can make a big play. He can turn a loss into a 50-yard touchdown run.”