Bateman Timberwolves fall on home field

Abby Panthers continue strong start, Mouat Hawks lose on Friday Night Lights

Bateman running back Brock McCartney pushes the ball forward against the Argyle Pipers on Friday.

The power went out on the Robert Bateman Secondary scoreboard sometime in the second quarter, which turned out to be the same time the Timberwolves football team’s offence also lost its spark.

Bateman fell 28-12 to the Argyle Pipers on Friday, and couldn’t generate any offence in the second half.

The Wolves started out the game strong, scoring a safety in the first quarter that was followed up by a rushing touchdown by quarterback Aiden McDonald.

The club added a field goal to go up 12-0 with 8:30 left, but Argyle got on the board late with a 30-yard touchdown pass and carried the momentum into the second half.

Argyle then returned the second half’s opening kickoff, and added two more touchdowns and a safety in the final two quarters to cruise to the win.

“We started off strong and played well in the first quarter,” said Bateman head coach David Mills. “But they had a bounce go their way with the touchdown at the end of the half and they got the momentum and never gave it back.”

Mills said his team was winning the battle at the lines early on, but that didn’t continue.

“The second half they took over and our guys didn’t respond,” he said. “They wanted it more.”

He said his players need to show more intensity if they want to win.

“We can’t just show up and expect to have things go our way,” he said. “We need more grit and intensity and to be much sharper on offence.”

Bateman’s record sits at zero wins and two losses in AA action this season. They take on Holy Cross in Surrey on Saturday, then take on Langley Secondary on the road on Oct. 28.

At Abbotsford Senior, the Panthers continued to make the transition from AA to AAA look easy, with a 62-14 win over the Earl Marriott Mariners on Friday.

Samwell Uko continued his strong season by scoring on a 65-yard touchdown to open the game, and the Panthers’ defence scored off of turnovers on the Mariners’ next three possessions.

Jacob Lakey scored twice and Sahil Sahota scored the other major.

Uko had three touchdowns in total, with Tanner Marquardt and Luke Smutzko also scoring on offence.

The Panthers are now 2-0 in regular season play, and 6-0 this year overall. The club next travels to Kelowna to take on Rutland Secondary on Oct. 28.

At Mouat Field, the Hawks’ offence sputtered all game against the St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights and they lost 35-6 on Friday.

The Knights’ running game pounded the Hawks’ defence for much of the first half, and they built up a 21-0 lead by the second quarter. STMC added a pick-six, but Chavis Spenser got the Hawks on the board with a 50-yard- plus touchdown reception.

STMC added a major late in the third to reach 35 points.

Hawks head coach Travis Bell said his team had difficulty putting points on the board.

“We were pretty anemic on offence,” he said. “We couldn’t move the ball offensively. On defence we weren’t able to stop their power in the first half, but in the second half we were able to clean that up and limit them.”

The game also featured the return of former longtime Hawks head coach Dennis Kelly, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Knights.

Bell said it was a little weird to coach against the man he played under as a student and worked alongside as an assistant coach.

“It was interesting,” he said. “We were preparing for them all week, and they showed a lot of formations but kept it pretty vanilla today. We just had no answer for their power early on.”

Mouat’s record sits at one win and three losses this season, and they next travel to Kelowna to battle Mt. Boucherie on Friday.

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