A week after a ‘debacle’ which saw the dwarf Cowichan Bulldogs travel to Victoria only to have their game called off, the team actually played last Sunday and expressed their frustrations with the visiting White Rock Titans. of 26-7 win at McAdam Park.
Nico Harris tackled the Titans returner on the five-yard line in the opening kickoff, which ultimately led to the Bulldogs’ first touchdown, and that streak set the tone for the rest of the game: a solid defensive play supported by a powerful running game.
Running backs Harris, Stirling Henry and Finn Shea managed to gain ground behind the improving offensive line, with Henry and Shea looking for touchdowns. Shea also completed a touchdown pass to Jesse Kwasny, and Henry returned a kick for a touchdown. Ben Wilson completed the scoring with a stealthy quarterback.
Shea led the game in tackles at linebacker as the Bulldogs ended the Titans’ running game. Devin Reithaug and Dillon Wilson kept the pressure on the White Rock quarterback, with strong support from John Rostas-Kidd and Gregor MacKenzie.
âThis game was a step in the right direction for us as a team,â said Cowichan midget coach PJ Shea. âThe athletes have yet to reach their full potential, but they are on the right track.
The Bantam Bulldogs played a 28-26 loss to Nanaimo that went to the end at McAdam Park on Sunday.
Cowichan opened the scoring as Brad MacRae entered the end zone untouched behind blocks by Isaac Keepence, Sebastian Tait and Eamon Manley, with the extra point from Landon Locke. Nanaimo recovered and took the lead with a two-point convert. Max Lang broke away for a 60-yard touchdown, along with another Locke convert, and Cowichan took the lead in the second half.
Nanaimo regained the lead with another touchdown in the second half, but MacRae scored on a 25-yard run. Ryder Maertz struggled for the two-point convert after a bad snap, but was turned down. Nanaimo scored again at the end of the fourth quarter, with another successful convert by two points. Maertz and Connor Harper’s big runs led to another major for Maertz, but the Bulldogs fell just short of the two-point convert that would have tied the game.
âWe’re going to be working on conditioning this week because it’s the second game we’re bringing the opposing team back to,â said Bantam coach Opie Williams. âWe just ran out of gas; we have to last four football shifts.
The junior Bantam and Peewee Bulldogs were also in action at McAdam Park last Sunday. The four teams will hit the road this Sunday. The Peewee and Junior Bantam teams will visit Oceanside, the Bantams will head to Meadow Ridge and the Midgets will travel to Comox.