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Bulldogs blank Meadow Ridge for eighth win in nine games
The Cowichan Bulldogs can secure second place in the Vancouver Mainland Football League's Midget Division with a victory over the Redmen in Nanaimo this weekend.
It promises to be a titanic battle, with Nanaimo also still in the running for second place. The Bulldogs are hoping for lots of local support for the game at Nanaimo's Pioneer Park at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Cowichan moved to 8-1 on the season by shutting out the Meadow Ridge Knights 20-0 on the Lower Mainland Saturday.
"The defence had another excellent game, having another shutout,'' noted Cowichan coach Doug (Opie) Williams.
Cowichan was still missing its linebacker core, but Brandon St. Clair, Brock Gowanlock and R.J. Piche did a great job filling the void.
St. Clair led the defence with seven tackles while Gowanlock added five and made a fumble recovery and Piche's fourth-quarter sack stopped a third-down attempt by Meadow Ridge. Piche also made three tackles.
Other defensive highlights included a sack by Clayton Key that led to Gowanlock's fumble recovery and Niko Ceska's interception stopped the Knights from marching into the end zone.
"The offense was also missing some starters, but others stepped up,'' Williams indicated.
Drayson Price had a big game with 144 yards rushing and a touchdown along the ground plus six reception yards for a TD.
Liam Palcu-Johnston tallied 76 yards rushing, including one he broke for 35 yards. He also scored a TD on the second to last play of the game.
The offensive line of Tyler Hudson, Eric Maslen, Mackey Singh, Ryan Hennig and Travis McDonald opened up some huge holes in the Meadow Ridge defence.
Quarterback Erik Kenner made a great run on an option play, faking to Price and then running 45 yards to set up the Bulldogs' second TD.
The passing game only produced the one reception to Price and Kenner was intercepted once. Williams vows this will give the team something to work on before the Nanaimo game.
The Nanaimo/Cowichan Red Dogs saw their record slip to 2-6 after a 40-0 loss to the Langley Mustangs, one of the teams tied for first place in the Bantam Division.