T-Wolves qualify for playoffs

Overtime win launches Bateman, Panthers and Hawks hosting playoff games Friday

After a slow start, the Robert Bateman Timberwolves completed a season turnaround on Nov. 6.

On Oct. 23, the Wolves were winless and needed wins in the club’s final two games to have a shot at the postseason and that’s exactly what Bateman did.

Bateman beat the Rick Hansen Hurricanes on Oct. 30 and then won in overtime in Pitt Meadows on Friday to secure a playoff berth.

Dawson Davis was the overtime hero for Bateman, scoring a five-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to give the Wolves a 19-16 win.

Quarterback Keegan Vicklund and Tyson Gibson scored the other majors for Bateman. Davis also led the way defensively with 11 tackles.

The Timberwolves now earn a date with the Prince George Polars in round one of the playoffs. The teams travel to Kamloops for a neutral site game on Friday at 5 p.m.

In other local football news, both the Abbotsford Senior Panthers and the W.J. Mouat Hawks host playoff games this Friday.

The Panthers battle Pitt Meadows at 7 p.m., and the Hawks take on Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m.