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Brock Gowanlock is on a roll.
The six-foot-two, 265-pound Grade 12 student at Cowichan Secondary School is a two-time defensive player of the game at the Star Bowl football camp and just led his high school rugby team into the provincials.
The two sports go hand-in-hand for him.
“There’s a lot of similarities,’’ Gowanlock said.
“I do tackling, running the ball, setting up on defence, breaking down — yeah, the physical aspects are a lot similar.’’
Cowichan Secondary rugby coach Ron Glass is thankful for Gowanlock’s leadership.
“He’s a three-year player now so he knows the program, knows the system and has had success over the last three years,’’ said Glass.
“His natural transference from football has been an asset to the team.’’
Gowanlock was named top defensive player for the entire Vancouver Mainland Football League’s midget division, leading the Cowichan Bulldogs to within one game of playing for the championship last season.
“We’ve had a great program the last four years,’’ he said. “We’ve been very strong contenders for a title. Tough loss last year. That probably was our best team.’’