Photo: Paulette Baker Hunt
by Howard Tsunamura, The Province, Oct 10 2015
W.J. MOUAT 14 at KELOWNA 33
KELOWNA — Parker Simson may have been battling a bug, but he was still a fly in the ointment for Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks.
Simson hit Kyle Zakala with an eight-yard scoring pass, then rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns as part of a 33-14 win over the Hawks, but on this day, his presence was felt even more strongly on the defensive side of the ball.
Simson followed a hard hit on Mouat’s Nelson Lokombo with an interception on the next play. And even when he fumbled, giving the Hawks a short field and an eventual touchdown, he came right back on the Owls’ next defensive series with another interception. He later made a fumble recovery.
“Mouat was a scrappy team,” said Owls’ head coach Ben Macualey. “They kept it tight all game even when the score went up. They never quit. But Simson was a beast on defence.”
Seth Campbell was equally effective, with 19 carries for 122 yards in the victory, one which saw Newton Benson make six tackles and a sack, and Cole Pederson record four tackles with a fumble recovery.
Lokombo caught seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, as quarterback Noah Dietrich went 11-of-19 for 93 yards with two picks. Dion Pellerin had 13 tackles on defence and also rushed for the Hawks’ other touchdown.
“It was a very physical game and they made some plays out of new formations, ones we hadn’t seen,” said Hawks head coach Travis Bell. “That was the difference. But our goal is still to make the playoffs and we believe it’s doable for us to get there.”