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Mouat will play final home game of the season against 2009 Subway Bowl champs

By Cam Tucker, Abbotsford Times October 26, 2011

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Friday’s rematch of the 2009 Subway Bowl between the W.J. Mouat Hawks and Centennial Centaurs will be the local team’s last home game of the season.

The Hawks, the No. 2-ranked Triple-A high school football team in B.C. according to The Province’s Big Five rankings, host the Centaurs Friday at the Mouat field in what should be an emotional night for many of the team’s graduating players.

“I didn’t think this was going to be my last home game,” said the Hawks Grade 12 defensive back Nathan Henczel on Wednesday.

The Hawks were originally scheduled to play Earl Marriot in the final regular season game on Nov. 4, however the latter school’s senior football team folded on Monday.

That makes Friday’s game a graduation of sorts.

“It’s definitely sinking in that I’m in Grade 12 now and it’s my final year of playing football with Mouat. It’s been a blast,” said Henczel.

It’s not over, in fact far from it.

There is still plenty of work left, especially if the Hawks want to return to the Subway Bowl, which would make it the school’s third trip to the final in four years.

The last time the Hawks were in the final, they lost to the Centaurs by a score of 38-35. Ironically, the Centaurs are coming off a 46-7 win over Earl Marriot on Saturday.

“We definitely should worry about them,” said Henczel. “They’re going to give us quite the challenge and we definitely have to be prepared for their best game.”

– Friday’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mouat field in Abbotsford.

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