by Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News – Oct 19, 2013
Maleek Irons looked more rested than rusty coming off a one-week midseason break, challenging his own provincial single-game rushing record on Friday as the W.J. Mouat Hawks blasted the Centennial Centaurs 63-38 in AAA high school football action.
Irons, who missed last week’s game against Rutland while on a family vacation, racked up 466 yards and six touchdowns on just 15 carries vs. Centennial, and added two interceptions on defence for good measure.It marked the senior tailback’s second-best career rushing performance – he registered 491 rush yards on 48 carries in a 52-49 win over Mount Douglas on Oct. 13 of last year.
He might have surpassed that record, too, if Hawks coach Denis Kelly hadn’t taken him out of the game in the third quarter with the game well in hand.
“He was just able to break into the secondary immediately, and then he’s got such great speed and elusiveness,” Kelly said. “The line did a nice job for him, and he broke some tackles.”
It was the Hawks’ final regular season game at Mouat Field, and Irons said he wanted to make it a memorable one.
“It was real special,” he said, lauding the play of the Hawks’ offensive line. “We were coming off a couple of tough losses a couple weeks ago to Terry Fox and Tweedsmuir, so we really had to step it up as a team.”
The Hawks also got a big game from Jake Firlotte, who caught a pair of TD passes from quarterback Hunter Struthers, while Levi Hua (11 tackles, two sacks) and Clovis Lumeka (11 tackles) were outstanding on defence.