Published: September 10, 2011 9:00 PM
The W.J. Mouat Hawks and Mt. Douglas Rams, two of B.C.’s elite AAA high school football teams, opened the 2011 season by putting up basketball-type numbers on the scoreboard.
With Devin Logan and Deion Bain leading a fast-break offence, No. 3-ranked Mouat pulled off a wild 53-47 road victory over No. 2-ranked Mt. Douglas in Victoria on Friday evening.
Logan was the Hawks’ workhorse, powering a productive running game with 142 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. He also came through with an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD.
Bain’s contributions were more diverse, as he made big plays on offence, defence and special teams. The senior was on the receiving end of a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Markin, and also had a long interception return (60 yards) and a long kickoff return (50 yards) that led directly to Mouat majors.
“Those two guys were very good for us,” Hawks head coach Denis Kelly said. “They’re explosive guys, very athletic, and they’re able to compete at a high level because they’re in very good shape. Being that they’re seniors now, they can take advantage of all the experience they’ve had along the way.
“They’re expected to be team leaders, in terms of on-field performance, and they certainly got a good start to the season.”
Markin also connected with Logan Cote for TD passes of 35 and seven yards, and Tanner Strauss rushed for a major to round out the Mouat scoring.
The Hawks had trailed 23-20 at halftime, but rallied to take a 53-39 lead in the fourth quarter. Mt. Douglas got a touchdown in the final minute to make things interesting, but were unable to recover the ensuing onside kick.
“We started to physically wear them down,” Kelly analyzed. “I think we were the better-conditioned team.”
The mild upset victory will see Mouat leapfrog Mt. Douglas for the No. 2 spot in the AAA rankings. It also sets up a fascinating exhibition match-up this coming Friday between Mouat and the Mission Secondary Roadrunners (7:30 p.m., Mouat Field). Mission is ranked No. 2 in AA.
“They’ve really improved their program, and they’re big and physical this year,” Kelly said of the Roadrunners. “It’s going to be a real test, and it’s good for us to get a real rivalry game for this area.”