A week after playing their best game of the season, the bantam Cowichan Bulldogs suffered a 63-0 setback at the hands of the Salmon Arm Chargers as the two most geographically distant members of the Vancouver Mainland Football League squared off in Langley last Sunday.
“We got our lunch handed to us,” head coach Mike Williams said. “We ran into the best team in the league, unfortunately. Salmon Arm is a well-coached, well-polished, and well-executing team. They did pretty much everything right, and we didn’t have any answers.”
The Bulldogs lost a few players to injuries in the game, but never surrendered, even when it became clear that a comeback was out of the question.
“As a team, we didn’t get down on ourselves, but they were a bigger, stronger, faster team than us,” Williams said. “We didn’t give up; we didn’t quit. It was a character builder.”
The defeat came on the tail of the Bulldogs’ best outing of the season, a 38-32 loss to the Vancouver Trojans that they very nearly won.
“Hopefully we don’t lose the momentum from having a close game the previous week,” Williams said.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs will have to forfeit this weekend’s scheduled road game against the Richmond Raiders, with three players sidelined due to injuries and three more unavailable with other commitments. They will resume the season on Nov. 8 when they visit the Cloverdale Leopards.
The midget Timbermen, who had a bye last week, will be on the road this weekend, visiting the Victoria Spartans on Sunday.