W.J. MOUAT 50 KELOWNA 0
by Howard Tsunamura, The Province
ABBOTSFORD — Daniel Markin threw three first-half touchdown passes Monday afternoon, lifting the host, No. 2-ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks to a 50-0 thumping of the Okanagan champion Kelowna Owls in a Subway Bowl Triple A quarterfinal contest postponed from Saturday due to bad weather.
The game, played at Mouat’s Abbotsford turf, was originally scheduled to be played this past Saturday in Kelowna.
The contest was then going to be moved to Kamloops, but in the end was scheduled for Abbotsford.
“It was a relief to finally get the game played,” admitted Mouat head coach Denis Kelly, whose team did not let its nightmarish travel schedule get in the way of its game prep, and now advanced to a Saturday semifinal against the No. 3-ranked Fighting Irish. “Now we can concentrate on the semi-final against Vancouver College.”
After Markin opened the scoring on a one-yard run, he went 11 yards to Maleek Irons, and then threw scoring passes of 26- and 48-yards to Deion Bain.
Devin Logan rushed for a five-yard score, and kicker Tanner Strauss was good on four-of-five convert attempts. The Owls also conceded a first-half safety and trailed 36-0 at the break.
In the second half, Gary Lumeka rushed for a seven-yard score, and back-up QB Mario Narte scored off a three-yard sneak. Strauss converted both scores.
“We used all of our players this afternoon and escaped injury-free,” said Kelly. “We know that College is highly motivated after our regular season win. We know the challenge in front of us, and that we must play at our best to win.”
Nathan Henczel made two key first-quarter interceptions and linebacker Jake Heathcote led the defence with 13 tackles.