by Howard Tsunamura, The Province, Oct 27, 2012
W.J. MOUAT 44 at CENTENNIAL 22
COQUITLAM — Three unanswered touchdowns, two by the incomparable Maleek Irons who turned in his second 400-plus rushing performance in three weeks, averted a road upset Friday at Percy Perry Stadium for B.C.’s No. 1-ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks (4-1, 8-1).
When Centennial’s Justin Buren recovered a high snap in his own end zone and returned it the entire length of the field in the third quarter to score a touchdown that included a two-point convert, the Centaurs (1-4, 3-5) had pulled to within 24-22 after trailing 24-6 at the half. Buren had opened the second half by returning the kickoff for a major score.
However Irons, who carried 34 times for 425 yards, finished his day with four majors, including one from 96 yards. Fullback Taylor Hinton had four carries for 25 yards and had two touchdowns.
“We accomplished our goal in capturing the win but we know that there are some definite weaknesses, specifically kick coverage and pass defense, that must be rectified,” said Hawks’ head coach Denis Kelly. “We hope to have some of our injured players back soon. Centennial played well and should be commended on their effort and intensity all game long.”
The Hawks played with Hunter Struthers filling in for the injured Mario Narte at quarterback.
Hinton also had a strong game at linebacker, recording eight tackles. Defensive lineman Levi Hua had nine tackles and Nick Westad added eight more. Corner Jake Firlotte had three interceptions and added two tackles.