The W.J. Mouat Hawks are gaining a reputation for developing tough, young linebackers, and Grade 11 student athlete Jake Heathcote is no exception.
Heathcote was recently named a defensive all-star for B.C. High School Football Triple-A Varsity after an outstanding season with the Hawks.
He led the team in tackles and tied for first in sacks with three alongside defensive lineman Dustin Plett.
In a season where head coach Denis Kelly admitted at times the Hawks weren’t as big or physical as in years past, Heathcote provided the defensive muscle.
And the good news, said Kelly, is he can come back next year as a Grade 12 with an opportunity to play college ball after high school.
“Jake has the full package,” said Kelly. “He’s got one more year left and he’s going to be one of the top players coming up in the 2011 season.
“He was one of the leading tacklers in the province and the heart and soul of our defence there.”
But the best thing Heathcote has going for him is his academics.
By all accounts, the 6’2″, 215 pound linebacker and fullback is an outstanding student, which acts as a bonus for someone who is proving to be a standout football player.
“He’s got a great grade-point average in school, he’s a team captain and just a great guy. . . and he’s certainly deserved the recognition.”
Also named an all-star from the Mouat Hawks was Grade 12 receiver Desmond Bassi.
Bassi, a big fan of ambiguous Cincinnati Bengals receiver Terrell Owens, was the Hawks top receiver in 2010.
He finished the campaign with almost 150 yards more receiving then his next closest teammate, David Park.