By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
Published: October 10, 2009 1:00 PM
The W.J. Mouat Hawks pulled off a memorable upset in on Friday night, toppling the top-ranked Terry Fox Ravens 22-14 in high school football action.
Allan Dicks and Tyler Declare led the charge for the Hawks, who came in ranked No. 5 in the provincial AAA rankings. Tailback Dicks rushed for a pair of touchdowns and a two-point convert, while Declare had a massive game on the defensive side of the ball. The stout middle linebacker had an eye-popping 19 tackles and two forced fumbles to help his team limit Fox’s potent running game.
“Tyler was just unbelievable,” Hawks coach Kelly enthused. “That’s a phenomenal amount of tackles for any level of football.”
Friday’s game at Mouat Field was the definition of a grudge match. The Ravens blasted Mouat 57-16 in last year’s provincial title game, and the Port Coquitlam squad drew the ire of the Hawks in the fourth quarter of that contest, when they executed a fake punt with the outcome long since decided.
“The guys were really fired up, because they’re a No. 1 team and because of how last year’s final played out,” Kelly noted.
The Hawks used a no-huddle offence to great effect in the first quarter, and scored touchdowns on their first two possessions to grab a 14-0 lead. Dicks and quarterback Cam Bedore capped the early drives with short TD runs.
The Ravens regrouped to silence the Mouat offence until halftime, but the Hawks defence was up to the challenge, holding Fox off the scoreboard in the first two quarters.
Fox broke through with a TD early in the third quarter, but Mouat responded with a long drive highlighted by a pair of long passes from Bedore to John Watson. Dicks finished the drive with a five-yard scoring scamper.
The Ravens got one more major, but the Hawks defence stood firm in the late going to preserve the victory.
Watson finished with seven catches for 112 yards, and added an interception on the defensive side of the ball. Linebacker Luke Friesen also had a pick, while Nick Naylor had a huge night kicking the ball with a punting average of over 40 yards.