The Cardiac ‘Hawks were at it again, having another game come down to the final possession. Unfortunately, the force wasn’t with the Sooke Pre-Atom Seahawks as they lost 12-6 to the undefeated Saanich Wolverines on May 4 in Saanich. It marked the third time in four games Sooke had the ball late with a chance to win, valuable experience the 15 first-year players—three-quarters of the team—can draw on heading towards the playoffs.
The Seahawks defence played stout, keeping the Wolverines offence in check most of the day and accounting for the play of the game. With just seconds left in the first half, James Mullen burst through would-be blockers for a sack and forced-fumble that Connor Keys ran back for a touchdown to tie the game at six.
Westley Cornwall-Johnsen, Brody Reinsch, and Christian Kaisinger kept the left side on lock down all contest, giving up no significant runs. And two late-joining players, Xzander Adams and Austin Warren, helped the Seahawks control the trenches.
Offensively, Cornwall-Johnsen and Hunter Swift ran the ball effectively between the tackles. The stalwart offensive line was led by centre Taggish Page, and the brave play of Gabe Nelson and Logan Bainbridge who both shook off injuries.
The Seahawks moved the ball effectively, getting multiple drives deep into Saanich territory. But self-inflicted wounds, including a fumble after a long run on Sooke’s second-to-last possession, kept Sooke from finishing. Following the fumble, the defence couldn’t keep the Wolverines from getting around the corner for a long touchdown run to put Saanich up with under two minutes to play.
The Seahawks didn’t quit though. A couple of long Swift runs later, the Seahawks were inside the Saanich 20 yard line with about 70 seconds remaining. That would be as close as they’d get, dropping their record to 1-3 on the season.
The Seahawks look to start a winning streak Sunday, May 11 when they host the Cowichan Bulldogs at Westhills Park in Langford.
Submitted by Nathan Lowther