Bulldogs scratch and claw for yardage
It's getting down to crunch time for Cowichan Bulldogs' football teams in the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association.
The Peewee Bulldogs only had 14 players available due to injuries and illness May 31 and were fortunate Peninsula plays nine-man football, but still lost 40-0.
"On a hard day, the Bulldogs once again never stopped trying to make plays,'' noted coach Brian Scott.
Running back Nathaneal Mannion started the game running well, including a 15-yard gain where he broke away from numerous tackles. Versatile Ronan Harley started at fullback for the first time this season and used his strength to carry defenders for yards after contact while also making many tackles at middle linebacker on defence.
Nicholas Young and Reid Young made some hard hits on a goal line stand in the second half. Tyson Duffe showed great heart, never going off the field, and chased down players every time Peninsula broke a long play.
Defensive backs Sammy Fry, Lincoln Findlater and Evan Kwasny fought hard all game against the bigger Peninsula team.
The Atom Bulldogs played an evenly-matched game against the Nanaimo Lions.
"Blocking has been the name of the game the past few weeks at practice and the hard work showed,'' coach Devon Lawrence indicated.
The offensive line came through big-time, allowing rookie running back Zack Pearson to break free twice for carries of 20 yards or more.
Fellow rookie Koda Lang received a key block from receiver Cole Russell and kicked it into overdrive to put the first points on the board and the first of his career.
The tackling stepped up on defence, with Luke Larminay getting in on multiple tackles.
"The team worked well together, ensuring that once contact was made that help was given in the takedown,'' noted Lawrence. Linebacker Cyrus Upshaw used the element of surprise to blitz the offense and made tackles before the ball-carrier got back to the line of scrimmage.
The Pre-Atom Bulldogs "were hungry for a win,'' according to coach Ted Harris against the Nanaimo Bombers.
"The boys executed the offensive plays perfectly,'' he indicated.
Jaxson Jones, Spencer Young, Thoran Koyote, Treighton McCuaig-Jones and Nico Harris all scored touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
Jayden Du Temple made some fine pass catches from Jones and Harris, with one of them going for a two-point conversion.
The Bulldogs were tough defensively, limiting the Bombers to very few yards.
Jayden Strzok, Du Temple, Harris, McCuaig-Jones, Koyote and Jones were continuously in the Bombers' backfield.
"Our level of play has gotten better weekly and all aspects of our play are at a peak now,'' noted coach Harris.
"We are ramping up for a big finish.''