Turnovers haunted the W.J. Mouat Hawks against the Centennial Centaurs in the school’s senior varsity regular-season football opener in Coquitlam on Friday.
The Hawks fell 26-13 to the Centaurs, and their six turnovers burned them.
Quarterback Shawn Lal threw for 116 yards, but also tossed four interceptions. The Hawks offence couldn’t get going on the ground, as running backs Nelson Lokombo and Dylan Manocha combined for just 85 yards off of 25 carries.
Lokombo caught two passes for 113 yards, with one touchdown in the loss.
The Hawks return to action on Friday against the Terry Fox Ravens in Port Coquitlam.
In exhibition action, the Abbotsford Panthers picked up a 48-17 win over the Vernon Panthers in Vernon on Saturday.
Running back Samwel Uko had a big day for the Panthers, picking up 368 yards and five touchdowns. Abbotsford quarterback John Madigan also connected with Reese Morrison for a 55-yard major early in the game.
Defensively, Owen Parker had a pick six for the Panthers. Abbotsford takes on cross-town rivals Bateman on Saturday, and then opens the regular season on Oct. 7, when they host West Vancouver.
Over in Surrey, the Robert Bateman Timberwolves scored a big 38-7 win in exhibition action over the Earl Marriott Mariners on Saturday.
Bateman’s defence was strong, recovering four Mariners fumbles, including scoring a touchdown off of one. The T-Wolves defence also recorded an interception.
Bateman defenders Lashawn Berg, Greg Poirier and Brennan Fetterly all recovered fumbles. Linebacker Brock McCartney forced a fumble and recorded a sack, while Zach Kendall grabbed an interception.
Quarterback Aiden McDonald rushed for two touchdowns, while running backs Anthony Bodger and Braeden Verleur each scored, and combined for 99 yards rushing.
Bateman next hosts the Abbotsford Panthers on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The T-Wolves open the regular season on Oct. 7, when they take on G.W. Graham in Chilliwack.