Maleek Irons of the W.J. Mouat Hawks and Brandon Ho of the Rick Hansen Hurricanes capped their high school football careers in style, earning major provincial awards last week.
Irons, for the second straight year, was the AAA offensive player of the year. B.C.’s all-time leading rusher racked up a province-leading 2,744 yards and 32 touchdowns on the ground this season.
Ho, meanwhile, was crowned the AA defensive player of the year after spearheading a stingy Hansen defence with 66 tackles and nine sacks from his linebacking spot.
Mouat tight end Jake Firlotte, who led the league with 14 receiving TDs, and offensive lineman Levi Hua were also named to the AAA all-province team.
Local content on the AA all-star squad included a trio of Hansen teammates: receiver Zach Toews (AA-leading 1,070 receiving yards and 12 TDs), defensive lineman Shaiheem Charles-Brown (71 tackles and a league-best 16 sacks) and defensive back Brad Atkinson (56 tackles, seven interceptions).
A trio of Abbotsford players also won scholarships, based on academics, citizenship, leadership and football ability. Charles-Brown was the recipient of the Kevin Chin Memorial Scholarship, while his Hurricanes teammate Vishal Toor and Bateman’s Tanner Friesen also earned scholarships.