By Howard Tsumura Sat, Sep 12 2009 Howie’s High School Hamper, the Province
ABBOTSFORD — John Watson was a force on both sides of the ball, scoring touchdowns on both offence and defence as the Triple A No. 4-ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks rolled to a 41-14 win over the host and No. 1 Double-A ranked Rick Hansen Hurricanes in the season-opening Battle of Abbotsford on Friday afternoon.
Watson hauled in an 18-yard scoring strike from quarterback Brady Churly in the first half. In the second, he picked off Hansen pivot Greg Bowcott and scored on a 70-yard interception return before later catching an 11-yard scoring pass from Churly.
“We played a solid two-way game as we took away Hansen’s best plays, both runs and passes,” said Mouat head coach Denis Kelly. “Offensively we were impressive on the ground and also hit some big passes. Our superior team speed and quickness became more evident as the game progressed. It was a good victory against our rival school.”
Allan Dicks led the winners with 171 yards on eight carries, while Tyler Declare led the Hawks defence with nine tackles.
Bowcott scored both of Rick Hansen’s touchdowns, a one-yard first-half run and another one-yard run in the second half.
Drew Chung opened the scoring with a four-yard scoring run, while Dicks put the Hawks on top with a 60-yard run that had the visitors leading 20-7 at the break.
In the third quarter, the other half of Mouat’s two-headed QB tandem, Cam Bedore, scored on a two-yard run. Kicker Nick Naylor of the Hawks converted five of the team’s six majors.
Chung also returned an interception for 49 years. Luke Friesen and James Brodland finished with seven tackles each, while Watson had six.