Howard Tsunamura, The Province, Sept 5 2014
ABBOTSFORD — On a night for debuts, Jacob Dodd did more than suggest he might be the W.J. Mouat Hawks next leading man.
The tailback scored five touchdowns in a game in which the traditional powerhouse Hawks debuted nine new starters on offence and eight on defence in a comfortable win over crosstown Double A foe Robert Bateman.
Dodd rushed for scores of three, 10, 16 and six yards and also caught a 10-yard scoring strike from pivot Noah Dietrich, all part of a night in which he carried 25 times for 169 yards and finished with over 200 all-purpose yards.
“We started rather slowly which is normal for a first game with such an inexperienced team,” said Hawks’ head coach Denis Kelly. “We have only two returning starters on offense and three on defense. We have some key players like Dodd, Slater McRae, (Reuben) Reardon and (Dion) Pellerin who look like they are headed for big things this year.”
Mouat built a 26-6 halftime lead, getting a 10-yard touchdown run from Grade 10 Nelson Lokombo, the younger brother of former Mouat and Oregon great Boseko Lokombo. Pellerin returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Kelly played two quarterbacks in the game, giving equal time to both Dietrich (5-of-10, 85 yards) and Noah Falconer (5-of-8, 68 yards).
Pellerin, the Grade 11 linebacker, finished with a team high eight tackles. Fellow Grade 11 LB Cameron Tomm had six tackles.