the ProvinceOct 31, 2009
W.J. MOUAT 46 at ST. THOMAS MORE 0
BURNABY — The W.J. Mouat Hawks have gone through a steady transformation since late September, and on Friday at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex they showed their defence has truly become a ball-hawking unit under coordinator Gary Naylor.
The Hawks (6-2, 3-1) maintained their hold on third place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 46-0 win over Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Knights (1-5, 1-3), turning defensive miscues into points over a third quarter in which they took complete control of the contest.
“It was fairly close game and then there came the turnovers,” said Mouat head coach Denis Kelly, whose team led 13-0 at the half. “STM had done their homework. They had a good defensive plan. But it was our third quarter barrage that did it. It made it look a lot worse than it was.”
The Hawks’ linebacking core picked off a pair of Knights’ passes. James Broadland returned one for a 22-yard touchdown and Luke Friesen returned another to the STM one-yard line where quarterback Cam Bedore promptly punched it on on a sneak.
Mouat’s Grade 11 defensive tackle Sammy Jasper then recovered a fumbled punt snap in the end zone for a major, part of a productive evening that saw him make three fumble recoveries and record one sack.
The Hawks closed out the game with a 12-yard scoring pass from Bedore to John Watson, and a 35-yard interception return for a major on the final play of the game by star middle linebacker Tyler Declare.
Mouat had opened the scoring with touchdown runs of one and three yards by tailback Allan Dicks. However due to the strange nature of the third quarter, the Hawks managed just one offensive snap, that being Bedore’s scoring pass to Watson.
Dicks rushed 13 times for 70 yards, Drew Chung six times for 24 yards and Bedore four times for 25 yards. Naylor kicked four of six extra points.
Defensively, Declare led the way again with 14 tackles while Friesen and Kyle Pfeifer each had five tackles.
The Knights, because of last week’s 31-21 win over Lord Tweedsmuir (1-3) still sit in the conference playoff picture in fourth place.
“We lost tonight not because of what Mouat did but because of what we did not do,” said STM head coach Bernie Kully. “We gave Mouat the game because of untimely mistakes and costly turnovers. We need to learn how to not just protect the football but score with possession. “We are a young team that is learning with every game and my greatest hope is that through our mistakes we learn, improve and play in the long term.”
Tim Jackson (Grade 10), Kyle Madden (Grade 10) and Jordan Bosa all played solid games in defeat.