By Mo Cranker on November 5, 2016.
It was a defensive bout Friday night at the Methanex Bowl between the Hat High Mohawks and Catholic Central Cougars, but the Mohawks were able to pull away with a 19-9 championship victory.
The teams combined for a total of five points through the first half, coming from a Cougars field goal and a Mohawks safety.
As the game carried on, the Cougars defense continually stopped the Hat High offense in its tracks, until late in the third quarter when the Mohawks kicked a 15-yard field goal to take a two-point lead.
On the Mohawks’ first play of the fourth quarter, quarterback Sanjay Grover threw a long touchdown pass to receiver Lachlan Hardiker to give them a 12-3 lead.
With both teams scoring late touchdowns, Mohawks head coach Quinn Skelton said it was his team’s determination which led them to the championship.
“We’ve been stressing to never, ever quit and the boys just kept pounding and eventually broke through,” he said. “The boys battled all night and really fought all night against a good team from Lethbridge, but we were able to come out on top.”
Grade 12 Mohawks defensive guard Austin Cross Child said the team’s defence played the best game he’s seen.
“Being a lineman I felt we all played a really good game,” he said. “We all knew our responsibilities and what our coaches wanted us to do and we executed it tonight, I think that made a huge difference.”
Skelton said there were a large amount of penalties taken Friday by both teams, but he was not surprised.
“There’s always a lot of emotions in a big game like this, but the penalties did break up the play tonight,” he said.
Cougars head coach Anthony Vercillo his team just couldn’t catch a break at a crucial time.
“They’re a good team, it was a hard-fought game,” he said. “We just didn’t have enough breaks go our way.”
Hat High will now look ahead to their next match in the Tier 2 Football Alberta provincials, which they’ll host next week.