Howard Tsunamura The Province October 1, 2011
W.J. Mouat 42 at Vancouver College 14
VANCOUVER — Big games are all about making big plays at the right time, and that’s what the W.J. Mouat Hawks did on Saturday.
Senior left cornerback Nathan Henczel twice snuffed promising Vancouver College drives with big interceptions, and running back Devin Logan also continued to show his flair for the dramatic as the No. 2-ranked Hawks ran away from the host and No. 3-ranked Fighting Irish 42-14 in a marquee Triple A non-conference matchup at O’Hagan Field.
With the Irish having pulled to within 28-14 on a two-yard scoring run by Liam Mahara, Vancouver College once again found itself driving towards the Mouat red zone late in the third quarter when Henczel killed the drive with his second pick of the day.
Later in the game, Mouat stopped the Irish at its one-yard line on fourth down, and two plays later, Hawks’ running back Devin Logan went 95 yards down to the VC three-yard line where he later added his fourth rushing major of the contest.
“It’s a win that can give you a lot of confidence,” said Mouat head coach Denis Kelly. “But I just hope we keep it all in perspective. Our four non-conference games are over now, and they don’t count for anything.”
Mouat quarterback Daniel Markin threw a pair of touchdown passes to receiver Deion Bain and Kelly was happy with the way his pivot was able to keep the offence on the field.
“He was throwing it all over the place and the main thing is that he ran for key first downs on broken plays,” said Kelly. “He kept drives going and we benefitted from his running ability.”
Kelly said his team took the short routes made available to his receivers, and that the short stuff eventually allowed them to start taking deeper shots down the field.
“We also ran the option well today and then we were able to hit our tight ends over the middle.”
Tight ends David Park and Jake Heathcote combined to make nine receptions on the day.
The Irish opened the scoring when quarterback Hunter Robinson went 10 yards to receiver Justin Sanvido.
On Friday, the Irish open league play at West Vancouver, while the Hawks do likewise in Burnaby against No. 1 St. Thomas More.