Seahawks rally to tie Dukes

Holy Cross to visit Seaquam Saturday in first regular season game

A week after a 38-0 loss to the Centennial Centaurs, it seemed as though the Seaquam Seahawks were headed for another drubbing.

But after trailing 20-0 at half time n North Vancouver, the ‘Hawks rallied to score three touchdowns in the second half and play to a 20-20 tie with the Windsor Dukes in a B.C. High School Football Association preseason game.

“It was a great comeback by the kids” said head coach Jerry Mulliss. “It was certainly a lesson well learned by the boys that we have to play both halves like we played the second half.”

Too many mistakes by the Seahawks led to the 20-0 advantage for Windsor at the break. But in the final two quarters, Seaquam made up for them.

On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Seaquam quarterback Joss Yanciw completed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Mah, and with a convert from Sam Ross cut the difference to 20-7.

A 60-yard drive was capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Yanciw in the fourth quarter, and with a convert the Seahawks were within six points. On the kickoff, Seaquam’s Anthony Zhao recovered the ball, and on the next play Yanciw threw to Masaki Kawanami for the tying touchdown. The convert was blocked, and the ‘Hawks settled for the tie.

Leading the defense was Rob Hodgins with 11 tackles and Devon Gould with one quarterback sack and a forced fumble.

The regular season starts next weekend for the Seahawks, who will host the Holy Cross Crusaders Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Seaquam Secondary.

The Crusaders thumped the Argyle Pipers 42-20 Saturday in a game also played in North Vancouver.

The Frank Hurt Hornets, back in the Senior AA ranks after several seasons in Tier 2, won their second preseason game as many starts, knocking off the Langley Saints 34-8 in Langley. They open their regular season in Tsawwassen against the South Delta Sun Devils.

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