By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News Published: November 18, 2012 5:00 PM
In a season where he’s reeled off one incredible rushing performance after another, Maleek Irons continues to one-up himself.
The W.J. Mouat Hawks’ Grade 11 tailback scored a season-high seven touchdowns to lead his team to a 55-22 victory over the West Vancouver Highlanders in B.C. AAA high school football quarter-final action at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium on Friday.
Irons rushed for six scores and recovered teammate Jake Firlotte’s fumble in the end zone for a seventh major, finishing the night with 322 rush yards on 30 carries.
In the process, he set a new B.C. high school football single-season rushing record. Irons has racked up 3,184 yards on the ground in 11 games, surpassing the 3,173 yards registered by Reg Bradshaw of the Centennial Centaurs back in 2001. He’s also scored a mind-boggling 43 touchdowns.
“For a Grade 11, you’ve got to be pretty amazed,” Hawks coach Denis Kelly marveled. “And he’s an easy guy to root for, because he’s a great team guy.”
Chris Brake rounded out the scoring for Mouat, catching a TD pass from quarterback Mario Narte.
Defensively, Hunter Struthers led the way with three interceptions. Taylor Hinton posted a team-high seven tackles, while Levi Hua and Nick Westad had two sacks apiece.
The No. 1-ranked Hawks are now poised to write another chapter in a fascinating rivalry with the Mount Douglas Rams of Victoria. The Rams rallied to beat Mouat 42-35 in last year’s B.C. title game, but the Hawks gained a small measure of revenge with a 52-49 victory on Oct. 13. The two teams clash once again in the AAA semifinals on Saturday (5:30 p.m., Thunderbird Stadium).
“They’re going to be tough again,” Kelly noted. “We used the bye week in the first round of the playoffs to clear up a lot of errors, and if we can continue along those lines . . . I think we’ve got a good chance.”