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Giant victory by ‘Dogs gives them a 4-0 record
Cowichan Midget Bulldogs moved to 4-0 in the Vancouver Mainland Football League’s Midget Division with a 24-14 victory over the Giants in Chilliwack.
“We came out strong,’’ said Bulldogs’ coach Doug Williams. “We thought it was going to be another blowout.’’
Cowichan slipped a bit after the strong start and that kept Chilliwack in the game.
“We were our own worst enemy,’’ said Williams. “It was better we do it now in the season than in playoffs.
“There were holes we just couldn’t capitalize on. We were controlling the ball most of the time.’’
The Bulldogs overcame their first long day which was an experience itself.
“Getting up early, it was the first road trip for us,’’ said Williams. “I don’t think a lot of the kids were really ready.’’
Cowichan forced a fumble on the opening kickoff and Landon Conville recovered it to set the tone.
Liam Palcu-Johnston went on a 45-yard scamper to the end zone on the first offensive play.
The defence then came up strong, with Niko Ceska pulling in an interception and returning it 42 yards.
Cowichan’s offense promptly ran a power to Drayson Price, who ran 20 yards for another TD.
Chilliwack started to move the ball better after giving up the two TDs on two plays, but a diving interception by R.J. Piche snuffed out any momentum.
Before you knew it, Eric Williams ran down to the one-yard line and Price punched in the team’s third TD. All extra points were missed.
Chilliwack got back into the game on an 80-yard interception return for a TD. Chilliwack later got down to the one-yard line after two penalties and scored another TD.
Darren Aitchison closed out the scoring on a 10-yard pass catch and 10 more on the run for the TD.
Garion Ferguson played a great defensive game with three knockdowns and an interception. Brock Gowanlock was solid again with five tackles, three assists and one hurry. Piche and Kole Lochbaum contributed three tackles and an assist each.
Kain Melchior sparked the offense with four catches and 55 return yards. Price finished with 110 yards rushing and Palcu-Johnston added another 84.
“The players are getting into tempo now,’’ said Williams. “The practices are getting a lot better. We’ve just got to focus on North Surrey.’’
That game goes at 4 p.m. Sunday at McAdam Park after a Nanaimo Midget game at 2 and Bantam action at noon.