Panthers cruise to playoff win

Abbotsford beats Pitt Meadows, Mouat and Bateman eliminated

Panthers running back Richard Tshimpaka darts around a Pitt Meadows defender on Friday.

The Abbotsford Panthers are the only local team still alive in the BC high school football playoffs after Friday.

The Panthers crushed the Pitt Meadows Marauders 57-8 at home on Friday, in a game that was over very early. Running back Richard Tshimpaka scored his first of three touchdowns to open the scoring and the Panthers had a 29-0 lead by the second quarter.

Also recording touchdowns were: Anthony Phan, Manny Jhally, Reese Morrison and Tanner Marquardt.

Panthers head coach Jay Fujimura said his team took care of business.

“We did what we were expected to do,” he said. “We had an all-around good start and were able to run the ball well. We wanted to work on our ground game and try out a few new packages, and everything went according to plan.”

The Panthers now wait for the winner of tomorrow’s game between the John Barsby Bulldogs and the Moscrop Panthers. If Barsby wins, the Panthers travel to Nanaimo and if Moscrop wins it’ll be the battle of the Panthers in Abbotsford.

In AAA action, Friday was the end of the line for the W.J. Mouat Hawks. The Hawks fell 28-6 to the Notre Dame Jugglers at home and are done for 2015.

The Hawks defence kept the game close in the first half, as Mouat only trailed 13-0. Notre Dame had threatened to score majors on two drives, but the Hawks defence forced them to settle for field goals.

The offence came to life in the second half when Elijah Falconer caught a touchdown but the Jugglers running game was too much for Mouat.

“It was a pretty frustrating game and we didn’t seem to catch any breaks,” said Mouat head coach Travis Bell. “It was a physical game and we were in it but we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities.”

Over in Kamloops, the season also ended for the Robert Bateman Timberwolves, who lost 19-0 to Prince George on Friday.

The T-Wolves managed only 90 yards offence in the loss, and allowed 15 quarterback sacks.

For more details on all the games, read Wednesday’s print edition of the Abbotsford News.

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