Claypool leads Panthers to comeback win

Abbotsford Secondary beats WJ Mouat 39-36 in exhibition high school football

Panthers quarterback John Madigan looks for an open receiver during high school football action on Friday.

Panthers quarterback John Madigan looks for an open receiver during high school football action on Friday.

By Ben Lypka, Abbotsford News

The W.J. Mouat and Abbotsford Secondary game on Friday turned into the Chase Claypool show.

The Hawks entered the fourth quarter at home with a comfortable 36-17 lead over the Panthers but a trio of touchdowns by Claypool turned the final result into a 39-36 win for Abbotsford Secondary.

Claypool ran for back-to-back touchdowns to cut the lead to one major and then the Panthers recovered an onside kick. On the ensuing series, Claypool grabbed a pass from Panthers quarterback John Madigan to score the winning touchdown with very little time left on the clock. He was also successful on a two point conversion to give the Panthers a little cushion.

Mouat also had a number of strong performances, including running back Dion Pellerin (119 yards rushing and one touchdown) and quarterback Noah Dietrich (225 yards passing and three touchdowns thrown). Hawks receiver Elijah Falconer grabbed three touchdowns in a losing cause.

In other exhibition action featuring Abbotsford teams, the Robert Batemen Timberwolves lost 17-0 to Handsworth on Saturday and Rick Hansen lost 46-0 to Langley Secondary.

The teams return to exhibition action next week, with the Panthers taking on Holy Cross, Bateman hosting Carson Graham, Hansen playing Eric Hamber and Mouat playing STMC.

The regular season for BC High School football kicks off the first weekend in October.