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W.J. Mouat Hawks star runningback makes bold prediction

Devin Logan says Mouat will come away victorious against No. -ranked Vancouver College

W.J. Mouat Hawks Grade 12 runningback Devin Logan rushes the ball against the Carson Graham Eagles on Friday, Sept. 23. Photograph by: Stuart Davis, PNG

By Cam Tucker, Abbotsford Times September 28, 2011

Devin Logan of the W.J. Mouat Hawks Triple-A varsity football team didn’t hold back Tuesday when queried about what he thought the outcome of Saturday’s highly anticipated showdown against the Vancouver College Fighting Irish might be.

“It’ll be tight, but I say we come out on top,” the Hawks Grade 12 runningback said Tuesday afternoon following practice.

As if he was expected to have a different response.

Saturday’s game pits the No. 3-ranked Hawks and No. 2-ranked Fighting Irish – as per The Province Big 5 rankings – in a rematch of last year’s Subway Bowl semifinal at Thunderbird Stadium out at UBC, a game in which Mouat never found its stride and wound up losing 27-3.

Add Logan’s from-the-heart prediction to last year’s disappointment, and the Hawks last exhibition game – yes, an exhibition game – might be one of the more touted B.C. high school football showdowns until the middle of November.

“There is a revenge factor,” said Logan. “There’s lot of head games going on, everyone is going to be going at everyone and it’s going to be pretty vicious.

“It’s not going to be one of those games where you sit there and be like, ‘Oh what’s going to happen next?’ You’re going to know what’s happening next.”

If it wasn’t already, it’s on now.

The Hawks, 2-1 in exhibition play, will go into Saturday’s game looking for their second win in a row after thumping the Carson Graham Eagles 49-14 on Friday. That came on the heels of a surprising 22-15 loss to the Mission Roadrunners 13 days ago. Logan has been of the major contributors for the Hawks so far, wracking up eight touchdowns, including one on a 62-yard punt return.

“He’s a game breaker,” said Hawks head coach Denis Kelly. “He’s got some real ability on different aspects of the game . . . he’s a very good inside and outside runner and as well as a good pass receiver.

“He’s got a lot of skills that we can use in all aspects of our game, and he’s done a good job for us.”

And the Hawks are going to need Logan to continue to impose his will on the opposition, especially Saturday.

“Their defence likes to go wide so what I try to look for is the cutback, and to look for one of our guards so I can just follow him,” said Logan.

“Their defensive line on the outside ain’t that fast so I’ll just bust it on them outside.”

He’s quick to state that his success, and that of the entire offence, depends on the big boys upfront – the offensive line.

“Without the offensive line you can’t do anything,” said Logan.

“No one goes anywhere, nothing happens. The O-line is the key to the play.”

Much like the Hawks will need Logan to be at his best, they’ll need the O-line to be nothing short of the same.

If the Hawks coaching staff has picked up on anything while scouting the Fighting Irish – 2-2 in exhibition play – in the past few weeks, it’s that they can be worn down, as evidence by their 14-7 loss to the St. Thomas More Collegiate (STMC) Knights on Sept. 17.

“That’s the key to beating [Vancouver College] is to control the clock because that’s what they like to do,” said Kelly.

“They’re big, they like to control the clock, and if you can do the same and make it a real slug fest, I think we’re capable of winning games like that. You have to be able to run and you have to be able to keep people off balance.”

– Saturday’s game between the W.J. Mouat Hawks and Vancouver College Fighting Irish begins at 1:30 p.m. at Vancouver College.

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