Double-A Roadrunners take down Abbotsford’s No. 2-ranked Triple-A W.J. Mouat Hawks
It’s being dubbed as the biggest victory in the nine-year history of Mission Roadrunners football, and ironically the winning play occurred completely by accident.
The Double-A Roadrunners did what not many in the B.C. high school football ranks thought they could do – defeat the No. 2-ranked Triple-A W.J. Mouat Hawks with a thrilling 22-15 win on Friday in Abbotsford thanks to Hadley Gwyn’s last-minute 22-yard touchdown reception.
There is still some confusion today about how Gwyn even ended up with the football.
It appears the Grade 12 receiver ran the wrong route, and that the pass may have been intended for one of his teammates.
Regardless, the ball ended up in the hands of Gwyn, who rumbled in for the game-winning touchdown.
“It was kind of a mixed play,” said Gwyn, who notched two touchdown receptions against Mouat.
“I was supposed to run a 10-yard stop and it looked like the quarterback [Kevin Wiens] was in a scramble . . . I just found some open field. It was just a spur of the moment thing.”
Gwyn need not ask for forgiveness from head coach Kevin Watrin, who lauded his team for its performance against one of the best football programs in B.C.
“I was really proud of our team,” said Watrin.
“I would say I was optimistic going into the game. Our boys came out and played a whale of a game.”
Perhaps the most notable reason for the Roadrunners winning effort Friday was their defence.
The Roadrunners held Mouat’s potent offence in check all game, getting through the first quarter tied at 0-0, and keeping the Hawks to just three points in the second half, which allowed for Mission’s offence to come through with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Wiens, who also plays cornerback for Mission, sealed the win with an interception shortly after hooking up with Gwyn for the touchdown.
“Our defence has improved significantly since the season began,” said Watrin.
With the victory, the Roadrunners improve to 2-1 in exhibition play this season, but more importantly they have asserted themselves early as one of the championship favourites in Double-A.
However the Roadrunners aren’t taking anything for granted.
“It’s really early in the season and you don’t want to think too far ahead,” said Gwyn. “But it is nice to step up and play that kind of football.”