Seaquam Seahawks defenders Adam Dobie (12) and Gabriel Pamintuan (8) take down Langley’s Chris Whiting during a high school football game on Saturday at Seaquam Secondary. The Seahawks clinched first place with a 40-8 victory.

First place finish for Seahawks

High school football team clinches top spot in Southern Conference

Faced with a situation of finishing first or worst, the Seaquam Seahawks convincingly claimed top spot in B.C. high school football’s Southern Conference.

The Seahawks upended the Langley Saints 40-8 last Saturday afternoon at Seaquam Secondary, finishing tied atop the Southern Conference with the Holy Cross Crusaders and Hugh Boyd Trojans, all with 2-1 (won-lost) records. Seaquam won the head-to-head tiebreaker, and will be seeded first for next weekend’s Senior AA provincial playoffs. A loss would have left them in last place in the four-team group.

Mark Lego rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns, with Gabriel Pamintuan running for two. Quarterback Adam Dobie competed six of 11 pass attempts, one to Tyler Green for a major score, and the other five to Shawn Partington for a total of 116 yards.

Green was the defensive leader, making two interceptions and four tackles. Partington and Christopher Hoegler also had four tackles each, with linemen Hoegler, Cam Laidlaw, Martin Minkov, Tyler Massicotte, Matthew Mahy, and Nolan Spalek playing well on both sides of the ball.

Seaquam will kick-off against the Rick Hansen Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening in B.C. Place in the opening round of the 16-team playoff.

Holy Cross will play Friday in Nanaimo against the Ballenas Whalers, who are the runner-up team in the Western Conference with a 3-1 record.

In  Senior AAA play, the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers fell 38-28 to the St. Thomas More Knights in Burnaby last Friday, and finished fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 2-3 record.

The Panthers face the Salmon Arm Golds at 5 p.m. Friday in B.C. Place. The Golds were second in the O

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