New West back on track

That’s more like it.

The New Westminster Hyacks put a two-game losing skid behind them with a lot of flash, dash and thrills en route to a 42-29 victory over the Seaquam Seahawks last Friday.

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The win also clinched home field advantage for the opening round of the playoffs, which begin Nov. 9.

From their first possession, the Hyacks looked more like a team that had registered 13 straight victories, including the 2017 Subway Bowl B.C. title, than a squad that was outscored 80-35 during the losing streak.

With running back Broxx Comia setting the table – the Grade 12 rusher accounted for 146 yards on the ground on just five carries, including two majors.

The first carry, an 83-yard dart down field into the end zone, put New West in the driver’s seat. He also scored on a 58-yard run.

Quarterback Payton Myers displayed his skill with both his legs and arm, dashing 58 yards for the team’s third touchdown, then hit Ajay Chol on a seven-yard pass to make it 28-8, after Seaquam had put up its first TD.

The Hyacks’ Michael Kingsley scored the only TD of the third quarter, upping the lead to 35-15 with a 17-yard run. Taran Birdi intercepted a Jay Mather pass in the fourth quarter and rambled 68 yards into the end zone to make it 42-15.

The visiting Seahawks put up two late scores to make it look closer than it was.

Myers finished with 83 yards gained over three carries and was two-for-seven on pass attempts. Kingsley averaged 8.1 per run on 10 carries, while Greyson Planinsic picked up 23 yards on six carries.

Defensively, Evan Nolli garnered six tackles and two assists, while Arjun Bal picked up five tackles. Vishaan Narayan was in on five tackles and recorded two quarterback sacks.

The Hyacks, 4-2 in conference play, close out the regular season on Friday, 4:30 p.m. at Mercer Stadium, against the 4-2 Mount Douglas Rams.

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