Centennial 6 at No. 2 W.J. Mouat 20
by Howard Tsunamura, The Province
ABBOTSFORD — The W.J. Mouat Hawks are picking the right time to start playing post-season level defence.
The host Hawks (6-2, 3-1) kept the visiting Centennial Centaurs (2-5, 1-3) off the scoreboard until the late stages of the fourth quarter on Friday, claiming a 20-6 victory that assures the powerhouse program a second-place finish in the tough Eastern Conference.
The Hawks, who built a 14-0 first quarter lead, will finish the league campaign at 4-1 as it will be awarded a 15-0 forfeit win over its final foe, Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners, who this week folded their program due to a lack of players.
Centennial, however, has nothing guaranteed.
The injury-riddled Coquitlam team must beat it crosstown arch-rivals, the Terry Fox Ravens, in next week’s season finale, if it is remain in the playoff picture. With the top four teams in the East and West getting automatic playoff berths, a fifth berth will be awarded between the two power conferences, and it will go to the team with the next best overall record. However there remains a possibility that tiebreakers will have to be used if Centennial, Terry Fox and Lord Tweedsmuir all finish with 2-3 records.
“We had another great defensive effort, shutting down Centennial’s run game completely,” said Mouat head coach Denis Kelly. “With Earl Marriott folding, we don’t play next week, so we will wait and see what the playoff scenario is.”
The Hawks opened the scoring on a 30-yard run by Devin Logan. Later in the quarter, quarterback Daniel Markin went 30 yards to wideout Deion Bain for the major score, and the Hawks made the 14-0 lead stand through the half.
In the third quarter, Markin iced the game with a 10-yard scoring strike to David Park.
“They moved the ball a fair bit on us, but when they got to the 20 they weren’t able to move it as well,” said Centennial head coach Ryk Piche, whose team scored in the final minute to break the Mouat shutout bid. “We had some nice, long drives that we couldn’t finish.
“I wish we were on the other end of the stick, but we saw lots of improvement and next week is a huge game between us and Fox. We need to beat them to get into the playoffs.”
Centaurs’ JV defensive end Zach Wilkinson recorded a pair of sacks in the loss.