By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News
Published: September 12, 2009 12:00 PM
The play of their secondary was the primary force behind the W.J. Mouat Hawks’ 41-14 victory over the Rick Hansen Hurricanes in high school football action on Friday afternoon.
Mouat’s defensive backs did a stellar job of limiting the Hurricanes’ vaunted passing game, and a pair of third-quarter interceptions turned a close game into a blowout.
“Our coverage was excellent,” Hawks coach Denis Kelly enthused. “Our quickness and athletic ability in the secondary shut down their passing game most of the time. They got a few on us, but not many.”
The annual crosstown rivalry game between the Hawks and ‘Canes had some extra cachet this year, given the fact that Hansen was ranked No. 1 in AA and Mouat was rated No. 4 in AAA.
Playing in front of packed grandstands at their home field, the ‘Canes played the Hawks to a dead heat for almost the entire first quarter, but Mouat finally broke through on the last play of the opening frame. Cam Bedore – part of the Hawks’ two-headed quarterback tandem with Brady Churly – found tight end Chad Hanson behind the defence for a 58-yard gain. A couple of plays later, Drew Chung opened the scoring with a four-yard TD plunge.
Mouat’s Allan Dicks took over the game at that point. The speedy tailback tore off a long run, deep into Hansen territory to set up an 18-yard scoring pass from Churly to John Watson. On the next drive, Dicks authored a spectacular 60-yard TD run, turning the corner on the left sideline before weaving his way across the field and out-racing the Hurricanes’ defensive backs to the right corner of the end zone.
Mouat led 20-0 at that point, but the Hurricanes gained a great deal of momentum with an impressive drive late in the half. QB Greg Bowcott marched the team 40 yards in the last 50 seconds of the half, and finished it off himself with a one-yard TD plunge as time expired.
But Mouat crushed Hansen’s comeback hopes with a pair of third-quarter interceptions. Chung had the first one, picking off Bowcott and taking the ball 49 yards the other way. That ultimately produced a two-yard scoring sneak by Bedore.
Later in the quarter, Watson took another interception 70 yards to the house, giving Mouat a 34-7 lead.
Watson went on to notch his third TD of the day on an 11-yard strike from Churly, while Bowcott rounded out the Hansen scoring with a second one-yard run.
In the aftermath, Kelly had kind words for the Hurricanes.
“I think they’re going to be right there for the AA championship,” he said. “I think they’d give a lot of AAA teams trouble, including the top ones.”
- The Hawks have another high-profile exhibition match-up this week, as they host the New Westminster Hyacks at Mouat Field (Friday, 7:30 p.m.). The Hyacks started the season as the No. 3-ranked AAA team in the province, and they’re coming off an impressive victory over No. 2-ranked Centennial on Friday.