by Howard Tsunamura, The Province, Sept 22, 2012
VANCOUVER COLLEGE 31 at WJ MOUAT 53
ABBOTSFORD – The No. 2 W.J. Mouat Hawks scored early and often Friday night, with electric tailback Maleek Irons continuing his torrid pace, scoring five touchdowns as part of a 53-31 win over the visiting, No. 3-ranked Vancouver College Fighting Irish, in what was a rematch of last year’s Subway Bowl semifinal, also won by the Hawks.
Already sporting a 20-3 lead after the first quarter which included a 97-yard Irons’ scoring run and a 65-yards TD catch by Clovis Lumeka, Mouat went up 26-3 when Irons added his second major of the game. The Irish were able to counter that with a touchdown pass of their own to make it 26-10, and they crept even closer when they recovered a Hawks’ fumble and turned it into a 15-yard scoring run by Liam Mahara to make it 26-17 just under three minute before halftime.
However, the Irish momentum took a bit of a hit just before the half when Irons scored back-to-back touchdowns, his fourth and fifth of the game.
First, Irons scored on a six yard run with 54 seconds left in the half, then he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Mario Narte made it 39-17 with 17 seconds left in the half.
Mouat later took the second-half kickoff 55 yards for a score, a drive culminated by a 15-yard Narte keeper.
Although Mahara was able to answer that score with a 12-yard run to make it 46-24 with 10:23 left, Mouat’s Crysthian Rivas peeled off a 55-yard scoring run to widen the gap to 53-24.
Mouat head coach Denis Kelly credited the play of his lines, with Sheriden Lawley, Stephen Munga, Nick Westad, Levi Hua and Matt McGregor all having banner games. Lawley, Munga and Westad all recorded QB sacks with linebacker Taylor Hinton also turning in a strong outing.
“We wasted no time in taking control although they did open with long pass that set up an opening drive field goal,” Kelly said afterwards. “Irons was again virtually unstoppable as the line took control.”