Hyacks ground Eagles at homecoming
It wasn't pretty. But it was a win nonetheless.
The New Westminster Hyacks overcame five turnovers, a myriad of penalties and two called-back touchdowns to beat the Carson Graham Eagles 26-16 Friday at Mercer Stadium.
It was, said Hyacks head coach Farhan Lalji, an “absolutley brutal game.”
The Eagles opened the scoring with a field goal.
But Hyacks' running back Aldrin Asuncion got that back and more with a five yard scamper into the end zone to put New West up 6-3. They never trailed again.
The Hyacks led 14-3 at the half and they were up 26-3 before the Eagles were able to get some points back late.
"Full marks to Carson Graham, they played very hard," said Lalji. "They were undersized but competed for everything."
The win was especially important as it came in front of a packed crowd celebrating the Hyacks' 10th homecoming, which also included a tailgate party, a touch football game between alumni and fireworks.
"Overall it was a fantastic night," said Lalji. "The atmosphere is what makes our program and New West special."
The Hyacks travel to Kelowna to play the Mount Boucherie Bears at the Apple Bowl on Friday.
• The Hyacks junior varsity team won their second game of the season, 42-7 over Carson Graham.