Howard Tsunamura, The Province, Oct 20, 2012
W.J. MOUAT 33 at TERRY FOX 13
COQUITLAM — Having your feature back rush for 491 yards is a pretty good signal to get your run defence ready.
That’s what W.J. Mouat’s Maleek Irons did last week in a 52-49 win over Mt. Douglas, so the defensive-minded Terry Fox Ravens (2-2, 3-4) knew what they had to do as they prepared to face Mouat on Friday at Percy Perry Stadium.
Well, Irons still had a solid night, carrying for 212 yards on 30 carries, and scoring one touchdown on the night.
“But the key to our offence was our passing attack, left open by Fox’s heavy run defence,” said Hawks head coach Denis Kelly after his Hawks (3-1, 7-1) pulled off a successful first defence of its No. 1 ranking.
Mouat’s Mario Narte was an economical 9-of-13 for 126 yards, but three of his completions went for majors, complimenting the attention Irons was so rightfully receiving from a very good defensive football team which has been decimated by injuries this season, especially at the quarterback position.
“We were very happy with our performance,” said Kelly. “Our offense and defense were sharp. (Fullback-middle linebacker) Taylor Hinton set the tone with his very aggressive play and our kick coverage was much improved from the Mt.Douglas game. Certainly, we know that Fox was limited offensively with their QB injury situation.”
The Ravens’ Trevor Casey was among the most productive pivots in the province before he was knocked out of the lineup with an injury. On Friday, the hosts hoisted a pair of touchdown passes, including one in the dying stages of the fourth quarter, but Narte was able to trump those with a trio of his own, throwing strikes of 30 and 20 yards to Keenan Godden, and one of 26 yards to tight end Brandon Praud.
Narte even scored the game’s opening TD off a one-yard sneak. Irons scored his touchdown from 10 yards out.