Hawks trounce Highlanders to advance to semis
The W.J. Mouat Hawks are one step closer to the Subway Bowl final as they beat the West Vancouver Highlanders 55-20 in Triple-A quarter-final varsity football Friday night at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium.
Tailback Maleek Irons carried 30 times for 322 yards, scoring six touchdowns in the first half, which included a TD when he fell on a stripped ball in the West Vancouver end zone.
He added a seventh major with a 50-yard run in the third quarter. With the effort, the running back who broke the all-time single season rushing record, was quick to credit his blockers.
“It’s the team, it’s not just me,” he said after the game. “Everyone does their best but I get recognized for it.”
And it’s true. The Mouat offensive line is a technical terror, helping open the lanes that Irons flows in to. But he also got those last three-to-four tough yards after a tackle.
“For us today, it was to be in the proper position against the quarterback and not give him a lot of running lanes,” said head coach Denis Kelly.
“So we shut him down, by and large, and when they went to the sprint-out game, we adapted to that.”
With Irons sitting out for most of the second half, QB Mario Narte threw to Chris Brake for the Hawks final score in the third quarter.
Adam Coates put up five PATs [points after tries] and Taylor Hinton is credited with a 2-point conversion in the first quarter.
The defence was huge for the Hawks with Hinton recording seven tackles; Levi Hua, four tackles and two sacks; Sheridan Lawley, five tackles, one sack; Nick Westad, three tackles and two sacks and Hunter Struthers with three interceptions.
The Hawks will now meet the Mt. Douglas Rams in the Triple-A semifinal on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium.
Irons sets new high school record for yards rushing
W.J. Mouat’s Maleek Irons has added his biggest record yet to an eye-popping season on the football field.
On Friday night, the Grade 11 running back broke what is believed to be the B.C. high school all-time single-season rushing record of 3,173 yards over 11 games set by Coquitlam-Centennial running back Reg Bradshaw in 2001.
Irons, in his team’s 55-20 Subway Bowl quarter-final victory over West Vancouver, carried 30 times for 322 yards and six touchdowns. That gave Irons 3,184 yards and 42 touchdowns over 11 games.
Mouat, set to face Mt. Douglas, the same team he set the B.C. single-game rushing record of 491 yards against at home in October, is Irons’ next test. The teams will face each other in the Triple-A semifinal Saturday at Thunderbird Station at UBC at 5:30 p.m.
If the No. 1-ranked Hawks win, Irons could potentially get a chance to keep pushing that standard even higher in the Subway Bowl final Dec. 1 on the fast-track carpet at B.C. Place Stadium.