By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
Published: April 21, 2010 2:00 PM
After making it to the B.C. high school AAA title game two years in a row, a trio of the W.J. Mouat Hawks’ graduating football stars are reaping the benefits of that success.
Tyler Declare, Allan Dicks and Chad Hanson have secured university scholarships for the 2010-11 school year.
Declare, Mouat’s star middle linebacker, is set to join Earlham College, a Division III NCAA program in Richmond, Ind.
Div. III programs don’t offer athletic scholarships, but Declare has earned funding for his academic performance.
Declare’s prodigious tackling numbers drew the Quakers’ attention – his province-leading 160 tackles last season were 50 more than his nearest pursuer, New Westminster’s Casey Chin.
The stout linebacker had options north of the border, but he decided his skills were better suited to the four-down American game.
“Canadian football is more of a passing game, and I’m a run-stopping guy – I like to hit people,” he said with a grin. “I’ve always wanted to play football in the States.”
Dicks also pondered going south, but ultimately decided to cast his lot with the McMaster Marauders of Hamilton, Ont. The Mouat speedster is best known for his work as a tailback – his 1,324 yards and 18 touchdowns along the ground were third-most in B.C. – but he’ll play defensive back at McMaster.
“I went to a couple camps last summer where I played only defence, and I had a lot more fun,” Dicks explained.
Hanson, the Hawks’ standout tight end, recently committed to the Simon Fraser University Clan. He’s excited about the Clan’s impending transition to the NCAA Div. II ranks.
“That was a big motivator in the deal,” Hanson noted. “It’ll be tough competition, especially the first couple years. But we’ll get the hang of it.”