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Seahawks chasing second

Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers quarterback Connor McKay tries to escape a tackle from St. Thomas More Knights defensive lineman Nico Repole during a BC High School Football Association game at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary last Friday afternoon. The Knights won the Senior AAA game 20-13. - EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER
Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers quarterback Connor McKay tries to escape a tackle from St. Thomas More Knights defensive lineman Nico Repole during a BC High School Football Association game at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary last Friday afternoon. The Knights won the Senior AAA game 20-13.
— image credit: EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

A one-sided win over a winless opponent has the Seaquam Seahawks a game away from hosting a Senior AA playoff game.

The Seahawks blanked the Eric Hamber Griffins 49-0 Saturday afternoon in Vancouver for their third win in four games in the South Conference of the B.C. high School Football Association.

The Seahawks will host the Belmont Bulldogs of Victoria Saturday (Nov. 3) at Seaquam Secondary in a game between two 3-1 (won-lost) teams which will decide second place. The loser will finish third and travel to Parksville a week later to play the 4-1 Ballenas Whalers, the winner gets to open the playoffs at home.

“To say it is the biggest game of the year would be an understatement, we do not want to travel to Vancouver Island,” said Seaquam head coach Jerry Mullis, adding the Bulldogs will be tough to beat, even at home. “Belmont is a huge team that runs the double-wing offense, and we will have to play our best game of the season to beat them.”

The Seahawks didn’t need to be anywhere near their best to beat a young, inexperienced Griffins team. Eric Hamber turned the ball over on their first two possessions, and quickly fell behind 14-0.

Running back Mark Lego gained 254 yards rushing on 11 carries, scoring six touchdowns. He also added the seventh Seaquam score on a 50-yard punt return, doing it all in the first half before finding a place on the bench after half time.

Keegan Lensink kicked all seven converts.

The Griffins’ offense had a negative net offence of 17 yards. Leading the Seaquam defense was Jhay Singh with seven tackles and Nolan Spalek with four.

Saturday’s final home game of the regular season will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

“I am confident that our guys will rise to the challenge,” said Mullis. “We have improved every week so far and this week will be no exception. It’s going to be a very tough game.”

- The Holy Cross Crusaders will finish in fourth place in the South Conference after a 45-0 loss to the South Delta Sun Devils last Saturday in Tsawwassen. The Crusaders will finish the season with a 2-3 record, and will play the 5-0 John Barsby Bulldogs in Nanaimo the weekend of Nov. 9-10.

- The Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers fell out of a tie for first place following a 20-13 loss at home to the St. Thomas More Knights. Both teams went into the game in a three-way tie for first place in the Senior AAA category’s Eastern Conference with the W.J. Mouat Hawks. Mouat defeated the Centennial Centaurs last Friday and are still tied for first with the Knights, each with 4-1 records. Tweedsmuir is second at 3-2, but will travel to Abbotsford to face the Hawks in the last game of the regular season Friday night.

A win clinches second place for the Panthers, as well as a bye through the first round of the 12-team provincial playoff. A loss could drop Lord Tweedsmuir into fourth place, and a first-round game on the road.

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