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Hawks lose thriller in OT

Mouat’s Edward Escobal crunches the Mission ballcarrier during high school football action last week Saturday

By Ben Lypka – Abbotsford News

Over at Mouat Field, the Hawks lost a close game in overtime to Lord Tweedsmuir.

Mouat fell 24-21, but head coach Travis Bell said he liked his team’s efforts in the gritty loss.

“It was a pretty even game and both teams were missing key guys,” he said, pointing out that the Hawks lost star running back Nelson Lokombo to injury in the first quarter. “Other guys stepped up and it was a really fun, physical football game.”

The Hawks started out red-hot, with running back Dylan Manocha running 60 yards to score a touchdown on the game’s first drive. Tweedsmuir’s Joel Klaassen, who had a stellar game for the visitors, responded on the very next drive to tie the game.

Manocha scored again on a 30 yard touchdown run to put the Hawks up on the next drive, but Klaassen again equalled him to tie the game at 14.

The teams didn’t score again until the fourth when fullback Austin Lal rumbled in for a major. Tweedsmuir again tied the game up on the very next drive, and the teams eventually headed to overtime.

Tweedsmuir opened with a field goal on their first possession, and Mouat threw an interception on their first drive to end the game. Bell said the Hawks were stuck in their playoff position regardless if they won or loss, and he decided to gamble but came up short.

Despite the loss, he said he likes the way his team is playing heading into the playoffs.

“I feel like we’re playing our best football of the season,” he said.

Mouat finished the season with a record of three wins and four losses, and they await their playoff opponent next week.

The Hawks also honoured Abbotsford Secondary prior to the game with a moment of silence.

“We’re a small city and we have connections on that team and within that school,” he said. “It’s tough to imagine what they’re going through and we wanted to do something to show our support for them. Our thoughts are with them and we hope they get through this.”

The aforementioned Panthers suit up on Monday in North Vancouver against Handsworth Secondary.

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