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Abbotsford well-represented on B.C. U18 football squad

Hawk defensive back Nathan Henczel will be one of four Hawks representing Team BC in the U18 Football Canada Cup in Lethbridge in July. Photo: T. Plett

By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News Published: June 21, 2011 11:00 AM

Four members of the W.J. Mouat Hawks highlight the local content on the provincial under-18 football team.

Hawks defensive backs Deion Bain and Nathan Henczel, linebacker Jake Heathcote, and offensive lineman Dairien Silva will travel with Team B.C. to Lethbridge, Alta. next month (July 9-15) for the Football Canada Cup.

Mouat’s four-man contingent is second only to the Mount Douglas Rams of Victoria, who put five players on the squad. Bain is a returnee from last year’s provincial team, which won bronze at the Canada Cup, while Henczel, Heathcote and Silva are first-timers.

That three of the four Hawks play on the defensive side of the ball suggests Mouat will be a tough outfit to score on next season.

“I think we’ll have a pretty strong defence,” Mouat head coach Denis Kelly said. “It’ll be a good experience for them over the summer.”

Also selected to Team B.C. were Dallas Yassinsky of the Abbotsford Collegiate Panthers and Kent Hicks of the Robert Bateman Timberwolves.

Yassinsky, a receiver, was eighth in receiving yardage during the 2010 AA regular season with 254 yards on 18 catches.

Hicks, a defensive lineman, was a standout for the T-Wolves during their inaugural football campaign last fall.

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