Bulldogs go extra hard to challenge Saanich

Elbow room is all Sawyer Ellison of the Cowichan Bulldogs needs to break away from Hudson Poppitt of the Saanich Wolverines in Pre-Atom division football. - Andrew Leong
Elbow room is all Sawyer Ellison of the Cowichan Bulldogs needs to break away from Hudson Poppitt of the Saanich Wolverines in Pre-Atom division football.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Top-ranked Saanich Wolverines teams provided a significant challenge for the Cowichan Bulldogs in last weekend's Greater Victoria Minor Football Association action.

The Peewee Bulldogs knew they were in tough and lost 40-0 at McAdam Park.

"Bulldogs also had some injuries prior to the game, adding to the challenge,'' noted Cowichan coach Brian Scott.

The Bulldogs lost a few more players to injury during the hard-fought battle, leaving only 12 bodies for most of the fourth quarter.

"With all the adversity, the Bulldogs stayed together, always fighting to make plays, finishing the game hitting harder than at the start,'' added Scott.

The Atom Bulldogs did all they could against the first-place Wolverines.

"In the spring, the score does not matter in my opinion,'' noted coach Devon Lawrence. "What matters is seeing how the players are growing as young athletes, never giving up and being outstanding sportsmen on the field.''

Cowichan made some good drives, Lawrence indicated, that were attributed to the hard work that's been done in practice on blocking.

Running back Cyrus Upshaw opened up big holes for fellow back Brock Lamont. "Blocking is key for any effective offense and it showed the players are picking it up,'' noted Lawrence.

The defence did a decent job of holding back the Wolverines and made some outstanding tackles.

Linebacker Caden Gendall and Luke Larminay also helped put a stop to Saanich's advances.

"The whole team is working together to ensure the tackle was not made alone which is what we want to see happen,'' noted Lawrence.

The Pre-Atom Bulldogs made things tough on the No. 1-seeded Saanich Wolverines.

Saanich scored on the opening drive and again later to lead 12-0 at the half. The 'Dogs battled back and workhorse running back Treighton McCuaig-Jones rambled in for a touchdown on a long run.

Running back Spencer Young also made some nice gains.

"The Saanich team was a big, tough team, but that didn't discourage the Bulldogs defence,'' noted head coach Ted Harris.

Jayden Strzok, Nico Harris and Kaylum Billings led the way, chasing down the bigger Saanich running backs.

Jayden Du Temple caught a nice pass from quarterback Jaxson Jones late in the game, but Saanich scored once more to prevail 18-6.

"We are showing all the teams how we are progressing and that we can't be taken lightly,'' offered coach Harris.

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