Mission 22 at W.J. Mouat 15
September 17, 2011. 12:00 pm Howard Tsunamura – The Province
ABBOTSFORD — The Mission Roadrunners made perhaps their biggest statement in program history on Friday, and in the process made a great case for the quality of football being played in this province at the Double-A level.
Ranked No. 2 in The Province’s Big Five Double A rankings, the Roadrunners hit the road and scored a pair of unanswered fourth-quarter majors to stun the Triple A No. 2 W.J. Mouat Hawks 22-16.
“It’s the biggest win in the nine years of our varsity program,” said Mission head coach Kevin Watrin, who spent his first year coaching at the prep level in 1995 at Mouat under longtime current Hawks’ head coach Denis Kelly.
“For the last three or four years we have progressively played tougher and tougher Triple A teams, and we wanted to get rid of that mystique a bit,” continued Watrin. “I talked with the team this week about that. I told them that Mouat is a real physical team, but we are too.”
What made the victory most impressive?
Not only did it come away from home against a Triple A heavyweight, it took place one week after the Hawks had moved from No. 3 to No. 2 following its 57-43 win in Victoria against pre-season Triple A No. 2 Mount Douglas.
Mouat, which led 12-7 at the half on a 30-yard screen pass from quarterback Daniel Markin to running back Devin Logan, and a one-yard sneak by Markin, effectively shut down Mission’s ground game.
The Hawks limited running backs Jesse Forcier and Brenden Atkinson to a combined 41 yards on 17 carries.
But it was offence generated by quarterback Kevin Wiens, and the clutch play of receiver Hadley Gwyn that made the difference.
Wiens tossed a five-yard pass to Gwynn, which the wideout turned into a 46-yard catch-and-run score to account for Mission’s first-half points.
Matt Riley kicked a 35-yard field goal to open the second half to put Mouat on top 15-7. However Wiens capped a 60-yard drive with a 12-yard keeper for a score, and then hit Parry on a two-point convert to tie the game.
Then, with 34 seconds left, Wiens hit Gwyn with a 22-yard scoring pass that wasn’t exactly as it was drawn up.
“To tell you the truth, I think he might have been running the wrong pattern,” admitted Watrin of Gwyn, who nearly collided with a Mouat defensive back and teammate Atkinson who was running a corner pattern. “All of a sudden, I just caught Hadley out of the corner of my eye. He came out of nowhere.”
Gwyn hauled in the pass at the five-yard line on his way to the end zone.
Wiens was 16-of-24 for 223 yards while Gwyn caught seven passes for 118 yards. Parry, the tight end, caught seven passes for 81 yards.
“I think I was most pleased with our physicality,” said Watrin. “I think sometimes the rap Double A football gets is that we are smaller, and just can’t be physical with Triple A teams.
“And in terms of the physicality, that was probably our best defensive game.”
Alex McCall, making a switch from end to tackle, sacked Markin three times. Parry and Nicholas Jacobse combined to bat down five passes from their defensive end spots, while Kristjan Jakobs and Gwyn each had five tackles.