The Times, with files from Thomas Miller
Friday, October 16, 2009
W.J. Mouat Hawks handed Terry Fox their first loss in 16 games Friday night as they beat their formidable rivals 22-14 in a thrilling game that went down to the final seconds.
The Hawks jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half thanks to their offensive and defensive lines. The Ravens got on the board with a fumble into the endzone and a two-pointer made the score 14-8.
Hawks’ receiver John Watson had three catches on an ensuing drive to set up an Allan Dicks rushing touchdown.
“Watson’s got to be among the top Grade 11 players in the province,” said Mouat head coach Denis Kelly. “He’s got phenomenal body control.”
After a Dicks’ two-point conversion, the Hawks led 22-8.
“We put a lot of work into stopping their favourite plays,” said Kelly. “I think we made them do something they don’t do too well and that’s pass the ball. Offensively we kept them off balance with our no-huddle and different formations.” The Hawks are now 2-1 in league play, and looking forward to the playoffs.
“It’s a great team win, it gives us a lot of confidence,” said Kelly. “We do have a shot at first place and we’re going to try to take it.”