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Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks face tough opening test

No. 3-ranked Hawks face No. 2 Mt. Douglas in BCHSFA Triple-A Game of the Week

Daniel Markin will start at quarterback for the W.J. Mouat Hawks Friday against the Mt. Douglas Rams. Photograph by: Cam Tucker, Times

By Cam Tucker, Abbotsford Times September 7, 2011

Daniel Markin is about to join some elite company when the W.J. Mouat Hawks Triple-A varsity football team begins the exhibition season on Friday.

Following in the footsteps of Justin Chapdelaine and Cam Bedore – among others – Markin will take the reigns as the Hawks starting quarterback Friday when the No. 3-ranked Hawks travel to Victoria to face the No. 2-ranked Mt. Douglas Rams in what the BC High School Football Association is billing as the game of the week.

It’s a nice compliment after years of hard work with the Abbotsford Falcons and then as a backup at Mouat, but Markin is hardly concerned with what company he’s in.

“There’s always that thought in the background,” said Markin of any pressure he may feel as Mouat’s quarterback.

“You just go forward and take the snaps. What’s past is in the past and you have to do your own thing now.”

His first official task behind centre will be to guide the Hawks offence through what is typically a stingy Rams defence.

“I like being a leader, I’m comfortable with the leadership position that comes with being a quarterback,” said Markin.

“As far as a skill goes, I know there’s a lot of work to be done on plays, polishing, mechanics and throwing, but I’m excited for what’s to come.

“It’s going to be a scrap. It’s going to be a big fight between both teams.”

Hawks head coach Denis Kelly does plan to give both Markin and current Grade 11 backup Mario Narte playing time before the regular season commences on Friday, Oct. 7. However, because of Markin’s knowledge and experience with the offence, Kelly felt he should be given the starting responsibilities.

“I think Daniel will do well,” said Kelly.

“Daniel’s a little bit ahead because he played varsity last year and he knows about what we’re doing.”

Regardless of who Kelly starts at quarterback, the Hawks are in for a tough opening test.

“We’re looking forward to Mt. Douglas, they’ve already played one game and they’ll be a good strong test for us.”

– Kickoff goes at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to visit www.abbotsfordtimes.com for a full recap of Friday’s game.

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