No. 2 Mouat takes on Terry Fox Ravens
By Cam Tucker, The Times November 10, 2011
There’s a chip on the shoulder of the W.J. Mouat Hawks as they head into Friday’s opening round playoff game against the rival Terry Fox Ravens.
“We’re mad. We really want it,” said Grade 12 runningback Devin Logan after Tuesday’s practice.
“Everyone is doubting us. They say Vancouver Colcouver College is going to take it, Mt. Douglas is going to take it or [STMC] is going to take. I think everyone else is doubting are skills just because it’s M o u a t. They’re just They’re just going to doubt us.”
It’s been well documented the playoff disappointments of the last three seasons for the Hawks and their supporters. Twice in the last three years the Hawks have made it to the Subway Bowl game only to lose, including in 2008 to the Ravens, a team that could be considered one of, if not the best high school football team in provincial history.
Last year, the Hawks lost in the semifinal to the Vancouver College Fighting Irish, who went on to win the Subway Bowl over the Ravens.
It seems almost inevitable that both the Hawks and the Ravens, two of the most renowned football programs in B.C., would go head-to-head for the right to play onward for the Triple-A championship.
Despite winning 33-0 over the Ravens back on Oct. 14, the Hawks aren’t taking anything for granted.
“Everyone is going to try and bring their ‘A’ game in the playoffs, especially Fox. They’re going to be hurting after the last time we played them and they’re a proud program,” said Hawks head coach Denis Kelly.
“They’ve got an excellent history of success so they’re not just going to sit back and allow that to happen again without a big fight. They’re going to give us everything we can handle.”
The Hawks seem bent on reciprocating the favour.
“The kids know that this is the time of the year when they need to pick it up,” said Kelly.
“The temptation is you’re tired and you want to do something else. That’s what the other teams do. That’s what the teams that don’t want to compete for the title do. If you want that championship, you have to start right now.”
And then there is the potential bulletin board material that Logan – Mouat’s leading rusher throughout the regular season with 374 yards in four games – has no reservations whatsoever about dishing out when asked his thoughts.
“I’m definitely going to say that we’re going to win,” said Logan, who made a similar prediction prior to the Hawks’ Oct. 1 game with the Fighting Irish.
For the record, Logan scored four touchdowns and the Hawks overpowered Vancouver College 42-14 to win the day.
The Hawks (4-1) and the Ravens (2-3) meet in their Triple-A playoff game Friday at BC Place Stadium, beginning at 8 p.m. PST.