by Howard Tsunamura, The Province, Oct 24, 2014
ABBOTSFORD — At a place where running the football has been a launching pad to major college football and the pros, Terrell Jana wrote his own piece of history on Friday.
The St. Thomas More Knights’ quarterback set a school record for the longest TD run from scrimmage, going 97 yards for a major, part of alight in which he totalled 419 all-purpose yards as B.C.’s No. 3-ranked AAA team topped the host W.J. Mouat Hawks 50-14.
“Tonight was once again a tale of two halves, except this time we played much better in the second half,” said STM head coach Bernie Kully, referencing his team’s poor second half earlier this season in a non-conference loss to Vancouver College. “Mouat came out and played very physical and we didn’t respond as well as we could have. Mouat is always well prepared and coach (Denis) Kelly does a great job maximizing his team’s potential.”
Nonetheless, Jana was impossible to stop as the Knights maintained their hold on second place in the sat with a 5-1 record.
The quarterback rushed for 259 yards and two scores, and passes for 160 yards and two more, both to receiver JJ Deslauriers. Shane Noel and Andrew Flett were among the other Knights to score. Noel and Jordan Stewart rushed for a combined 136 yards as STM outscored Mouat 29-7 in the second half.
“They blew it open in the second half,” said Kelly of the Knights.
Mouat running back Jacob Dodd did his part to keep it close early, and finished the night with 36 rushed for 198 yards. Hawks quarterback Noah Falconer was 11-of-21 for 156 yards, throwing touchdowns of one yard to brother Elijah Falconer, and 20 yards to Cole Barker.
Slater McRae, one of the province’s top all-round players, had three grabs for 72 yards in the loss against a Knights’ defence that was up for the challenge. Spencer Moore from his middle linebacking spot had eight tackles and a sack, a number matched by Ben Steele. Robert Erasto has seven tackles, including two sacks and forced a pair of fumbles.
Jared Jensen’s five tackles led the Mouat defence.
Despite the loss, Mouat (1-4) still owns the sixth and final playoff spot in the East.