The atom Cowichan Bulldogs came up short in the Vancouver Island Canadian Football Association Cup final last Sunday, but the peewee ‘Dogs brought home the Dogwood Bowl on Saturday, while the Cowichan junior bantams finished as runners-up in their bowl game.
The atom Bulldogs fell behind the Nanaimo Seahawks White 12-0 early on, but brilliant running play by Gus Steeves and a convert got Cowichan back in the game at 12-7 before the end of the first quarter.
Pearse Molleken came up big in the second quarter, fighting off two blockers to force a fumble and recover it, but the Bulldogs struggled to move the ball and were down 18-7 at halftime.
Cowichan started the second half with the ball, but a quick two-and-out got the ball back in the Seahawks’ hands and Nanaimo scored on the next play, then added two more touchdowns, including a pick-six, for a 38-7 final score.
The peewee Bulldogs played to an 8-0 win over the Victoria Spartans to take the Dogwood Cup and the bronze medal for their division.
The Cowichan defence played lights out in the shutout win, with big plays from Atlas Ryder, Mica Kendrick, Rhys McKelvie and Marshall Johnson.
Fullback Aylin Canning set the tone in her last game as a peewee, running through Victoria’s defensive line for an eight-yard gain on the Bulldogs’ first offensive play. Kendrick had a massive game at tailback as he earned game MVP honours. The offensive line was outstanding, and quarterback Domenic Reeves got in on the action when he caught a pass from wideout Adam Troy on a gadget play.