Hawks go in search of first ‘AAA’ football championship since 2005
For years, the W.J. Mouat Hawks have been on the threshold of a Triple-A varsity football championship, yet have come away empty-handed and disappointed.
Saturday marks the third time in four years the Hawks will play for a Subway Bowl championship, this time against the Mt. Douglas Rams inside BC Place Stadium, the site of last weekend’s 99th Grey Cup game.
The last time Mouat played for the Bowl was in 2009.
The Hawks lost in heart-breaking fashion, 39-36, after staging an improbable fourth quarter comeback that just ran out of time.
In 2008, they lost to the powerhouse Terry Fox Ravens by a 57-16 final.
But that’s the past.
The 2011 edition is in as good a position as ever to bring a football title back to Abbotsford and back to Mouat for the first time since 2005.
But it won’t be easy, at least not on the defensive side of the ball.
Saturday’s game will be a rematch of the Sept. 9 meeting between the Hawks and Rams.
The Hawks came out on the winning end of a 53-47 score.
And if history is any indicator, the Subway Bowl might turn into a touchdown frenzy.
“It’s just going to be a great game and we’re going to prepare hard,” said head coach Denis Kelly following last Saturday’s semifinal win over Vancouver College.
“I don’t know if there will be 100 points, but I think we should see in those perfect conditions [at BC Place Stadium] the offences do real good work.”
The championship game at BC Place Stadium begins at 7 p.m.