The Province BC High School Football Report, by Howard Tsunamura
ROBERT BATEMAN 19 at W.J. MOUAT 44
ABBOTSFORD — Nelson Lokombo did something Friday that brought back memories of his older brother Boseko.
The younger brother of the B.C. Lions linebacker and former Mouat star dominated both on the ground and through the air Friday, totalling five touchdowns in the Hawks’ decisive win.
“Nelson Lokombo made a number of huge plays for us,” said head coach Travis Bell after his tailback not only carried five times for 70 yards and two touchdowns, but caught three touchdown passes as part of a four-catch, 103-yard performance.
“During the summer he really committed to his ball catching abilities and tonight that proved to have worked out,” continued Bell. “He’s a great threat for us both in the back field and flanked out as a receiver.”
Mouat was especially effective passing the football Friday. Starting pivot Noah Dietrich went 5-of-7 for 102 yards and three scoring tosses, while Shawn Lal was 8-of-9 for 157 yards and two scores.
Dion Pellerin, the dynamic senior, carried six times for 61 yards and caught two passes for 75 yards and a TD as Mouat rolled to a 25-0 first quarter lead and led 31-7 at the break. Dylan Manocha led the rushing parade with eight carries for 85 yards.
“You could tell the boys were pretty excited in the pre-game warm-up,” said Bell. “I was hoping that would turn into some great performances and it did. They came out of the gate ready to go. It was a great team win with all 34 players getting into the game in a great atmosphere. It’s a starting point that we need to build on as we continue this young season.”