By Abbotsford Times December 2, 2008
If W.J. Mouat football fans aren’t familiar with the name John Watson, they better get used to it in a hurry.
On Saturday, the six-foot-two wide receiver and linebacker was the game breaker in the Hawks’ 21-14 victory over the St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights to capture the Junior Varsity Triple-A championship at B.C. Place.
Watson had two touchdowns in a winning cause and was named the game’s most valuable player, although he dispelled any individual accolades, crediting the entire team as part of a dominant performance that Hawks fans should be used to hearing about in the next two years.
“It’s not about me, it’s a team game and I couldn’t catch if the offensive line didn’t block and the quarterback didn’t throw right,” said Watson with his MVP trophy grasped firmly in his clutches.
“Our quarterbacks did amazing to get out of the pressure they were in,” added the Grade 10 student, who was the recipient of a touchdown pass that saw quarterback Cam Bedore, who backed up senior quarterback Justin Chapdelaine in the Varsity Triple-A final, thread the needle to Watson while being flushed out of the pocket.
For his part in the catch, Watson had to reach over the defensive back’s head, catch the ball then tip toe to keep in bounds to score just before the end of the first half.
Victory aside, it was pretty much business as usual for head coach Jim Mitchell.
There was no big victory speech after the game.
His halftime talk was more about facts then inspirational addresses. There was no Vince Lombardi speech; there was no Al Pacino “win one for the gipper” monologue. His message: play better!
“I told them to make sure this was the best half of football they play this season because that first half was not,” said Mitchell. “That first half was not and I said just leave it on the field, play your best and whatever happens, happens.”
His message, easy enough for the simplest of sports writers to understand, paid off, as Mouat scored two touchdowns and grabbed momentum away from the Knights, on their way to being crowned champions.