ABBOTSFORD PANTHERS – 49 SRT TITANS – 14
The Abbotsford Panthers senior varsity team finally put it all together on Friday.
Heavily favoured to be one of the top teams in the AA, the Panthers lost all three games they competed in during the preseason, but the regular season opener was a completely different story.
Abbotsford took down the Samuel Roberts Technical Titans 49-14, and dominated on both sides of the ball. The Panthers opened up a 35-6 lead at the half to cruise to the win.
Quarterback Ethan Anderson threw for 131 yards and three touchdowns, while adding a rushing touchdown of his own to pace the Panthers. Running back Samwel Uko added a pair of touchdowns, while Luke Szmutko collected a receiving and rushing touchdown. Owen Parker and Karl von Einsiedel
“I thought we improved on some of the things we were having issues with over the last couple of weeks,” said Panthers head coach Jay Fujimura. “We wanted to get the ground game established early – we’ve been having trouble doing that over the last couple of weeks – and I thought we did a good job there.”
He said the passing game and the play of Anderson also factored into the win.
“We had more efficiency and better decision making on our passing today,” he said. “I thought we did a really good job there and Anderson was moving the ball and making the right choices.”
Fujimura praised the aggressive play of his defence, and said he hopes the tough preseason schedule helps his team in the long run.
“I knew it was going to be tough,” he said. “We picked some tough opponents to test ourselves, and they put the boots to us but that’s what these guys needed. It’s going to be a long road to get into the playoffs and beyond and I’m hoping they take that experience and use it as we go forward.”
The Panthers next host Pitt Meadows on Oct. 13 at 3:15 p.m.
W.J. MOUAT HAWKS – 44 CENTENNIAL CENTAURS – 14
Over at Mouat Field, the Hawks took over the game early and downed the Centennial Centaurs 44-14.
Hawks running back Nathan Hauserman collected an unofficial four touchdowns and over 200 yards rushing in the win.
Quarterback Ezra Garcia and running back Edward Escobal added the other Hawks touchdowns.
Mouat led 28-0 at the half, but Centennial made a late push in the fourth quarter to get on the board.
The Hawks record improves to one win and two losses in AAA regular season action this year, and they next host the Mission Roadrunners on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
PITT MEADOWS – 16 BATEMAN TIMBERWOLVES – 0
In other AA action, the Bateman Timberwolves fell 16-0 to Pitt Meadows on the road.
The Wolves host the G.W. Graham Grizzlies for their home opener on Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m.
Read Wednesday’s print edition of the Abbotsford News for more on all the games.