Cats are supposed to hate water, but that rule clearly doesn't apply to the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers.
Playing in weather better suited to otters and ducks, the Panthers kept the ball on the ground and ran away with a 21-6 win over the Centennial Centaurs in class AAA high school football in Coquitlam Friday.
"It was a miserable night," said Panthers coach Kurt Thornton. "We played in a monsoon and both teams had a hard time moving the ball through the air. In the end we were able to line up and just ground and pound."
Running back Jamel Lyles did most of the pounding, carrying the ball 23 times for 154 yards and one touchdown. Lyles also recovered a Centennial fumble and returned it 32 yards for a major to give the Panthers a 7-6 halftime lead.
Taylor Anderson scored the other Tweedsmuir TD on a 27-yard run in the second half.
The Panthers are on the road again this week when they take on Notre Dame Friday.
In class AA football action, the Seaquam Seahawks pulled out a 20-18 win over the Hugh Boyd Trojans thanks to a stellar defensive play from one of the North Delta team's offensive stars.
Defensive lineman Mark Lego spoiled a Trojans comeback when he stuffed a two-point convert attempt to preserve the Seahawk win.
Lego did even more damage to the Trojans from his familiar offensive role at running back where he piled up 146 yards rushing and one touchdown. He also caught an 85-yard scoring pass from Adam Brodie for another TD.
Gabe Pamintuan rounded out the Seaquam scoring with a five-yard TD run.
The Seahawks head across Scott Road Saturday to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders at 1: 30 p.m.
The Crusaders will be in a nasty mood after being tripped up 21-15 by the Belmont Bulldogs on Vancouver Island last Friday.
The Crusaders were caught off-guard by a new offensive wrinkle by the Bulldogs, who scored three TDs in the first half before Holy Cross put a stop to it in the final two quarters.
Antonio Mendoza scored one TD while Joseph Lee scored the other Holy Cross major on a two-yard pass from Rocky Shah.