By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News Published: September 17, 2012 1:00 PM
The W.J. Mouat Hawks exacted a bit of revenge on Saturday afternoon, blowing out the Mission Roadrunners 66-21 on the road in high school football action.
The Roadrunners, the top-ranked AA team in the province, upset the AAA powerhouse Hawks last season.
Denis Kelly’s squad was a very focused group in the rematch, and they were led once again by a massive rushing performance by tailback Maleek Irons. One week after lighting up the Robert Bateman Timberwolves to the tune of 324 yards and five touchdowns, he gashed the Roadrunners for 302 yards and four TDs.
Through three non-conference games, Irons has found the end zone a remarkable 13 times, and Kelly suggested the Grade 11 speedster has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Hawks legend Boseko Lokombo (currently a starting linebacker with the University of Oregon Ducks) and earn an NCAA Div. I scholarship.
“He’s talented enough to play at that level,” asserted Kelly, whose team improved to 3-0. “He’s highly motivated to go on.”
Mouat quarterback Mario Narte (pictured below) ran for three majors while running back Crysthian Rivas rushed for two of his own, and Clovis Lumeka caught a TD pass from backup QB Hunter Struthers.
Kelly noted the defending B.C. AA champion Roadrunners are a banged-up group. Mission QB Kevin Wiens returned from injury to throw a scoring pass to Jesse Walker, and Hyatt Smith had two kickoff-return majors.
“They (Mission) played well last year, beat us in a close game, and I think our kids wanted to make up for that on behalf of last year’s Grade 12s,” Kelly said.