New Westminster Hyacks’ standout Matt Seymour was everywhere on the Mercer Stadium turf Friday in his team’s win over No 5 WJ Mouat. (Steve Bosch, PNG photo)
by Howard Tsunamura, The Province, Sept 12 2014
NO. 5 W.J. MOUAT 14 at NEW WESTMINSTER 30
NEW WESTMINSTER — Just call Matt Seymour ‘The Playmaker’.
The rangy New Westminster Hyacks standout did it all on both sides of the ball and in incrediblly timely fashion on Friday, helping the home team dispense the No. 5-ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks of Abbotsford 30-14 in a Triple A non-conference clash in the Royal City.
In game-breaking fashion, Seymour put together back-to-back plays on either side of the ball early in the second quarter to give the Hyacks (2-1) their second straight win.
With the game tied 7-7 in the second, and the Hyacks having turned the ball over to the Hawks, Seymour came through with an interception of the Hawks at his team’s 40-yard line.
On the next play, off a receiver screen, he hauled in a short pass from quarterback Mackenzie Ratcliffe, broke a number of early tackles, and went 60 yards for the major, putting New Westminster ahead to stay at 14-7.
In the second half, it was Seymour again standing front and centre.
After Mouat fumbled on its first offensive series of the third quarter, the Hyacks recovered at the Hawks’ 12-yard line, and a few plays later, Seymour went high to snare an eight-yard scoring pass from quarterback Jamie Shiho for a 21-7 lead.
“Matt Seymour is a stud and he continues to live up to all those expectations,” said Hyacks’ head coach Farhan Lalji after Seymour added a late interception, his second of the game to go along with five catches for 85 yards. “His is a difference maker for us and a workhorse. He never leaves the field.”
Mouat would get as close as 21-14 on Slater McCrae’s 85-yard punt return for a touchdown, but in the fourth quarter, a field goal from the Hyacks’ robo-kicking Wayne Palmer, and a four-yard scoring run by Julian Ramirez put the game away.
Mouat had opened the scoring on a seven-yard strike from Noah Falconer to Jordan Duley, but the Hawks were plagued by turnovers all night and seemed especially challenged getting their snaps off at the line of scrimmage.
Adrian Cagampan’s four-yard touchdown run opened the scoring for New Westminster.
“We took a big step today,” continued Lalji. “Our front seven was real dominant against the run and I think our offensive line played its best game (of the season). We got a little fortunate because Mouat had a few fumbles, but I think we’re a little ahead right now after having had that extra game in Texas.”