by Howard Tsunamura, The Province, Nov 2, 2012
LORD TWEEDSMUIR 14 at W.J. MOUAT 35
ABBOTSFORD — It’s been impossible to ignore what Maleek Irons has accomplished this season.
Yet as the No. 1 W.J. Mouat Hawks (5-1, 9-1) closed out another impressive regular season campaign, what was most impressive Friday in its 35-14 win over a very good, No. 5-ranked Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (3-3, 5-4) team from Surrey, was the depth of performances it got from so many others.
In fact, while Irons sizzled again with 221 yards on 28 carries and one rushing touchdown, the fact others stepped up as well was not lost on Hawks’ head coach Denis Kelly.
“We were very encouaged by the contributions offensively by players other than Maleek,” Kelly said after the win brought his team to nine wins on the season. “Taylor Hinton, Clovis Lumeka, Mario Narte and Crysthian Rivas all had fine games. We got a good defensive effort for the most part, but that No. 22 (Panthers’running back Jamel) Lyles was very good for LT.”
The win earns the Hawks a Round 1 bye, something Kelly says is welcomed after playing 10 straight weeks and wracking up nine wins in the process.
Some of those other performances Kelly was speaking to:
Fullback Hinton had 51 yards rushing on 10 carries and had seven tackles from his middle linebacker spot.
Quarterback Narte had 75 yards on six carries and was 6-of-8 passing for 84 yards and one TD, a 60-yard strike to tight end Chris Brake. He also scored twice on runs.
Running back Rivas had 51 yards on six carries in relief of Irons while Lumeka had 50 yards rushing on three carries and scored a touchdown.
On defence, Levi Hua had seven tackles, Sheriden Lawley had four tackles and a pair of sacks. Matt Riley and Hunter Struthers each had five tackles.