Cowichan Bulldogs back in the win column

Andrew Ketola and the midget Cowichan Bulldogs got back in the win column in impressive fashion last Sunday with a 59-14 win on the road against Richmond.

Ketola led the way for the Cowichan defence with seven tackles and one forced fumble, while Brandon St. Clair also had a strong outing with three tackles, four assists, one sack and two recovered fumbles, including one for a touchdown. Lineman Ronnie Fry got into the action as well with four tackles and two assists.

Kain Melchior excelled in three different positions on offence and special teams. At quarterback, he was 3-for-5 with one interception and 52 yards rushing, and as a punt returner, he ran 50 yards to score. Melchior also caught a touchdown pass later in the game after Braemon Conville replaced him at quarterback. Conville was 4-for-5 as quarterback, and caught a touchdown pass from Melchior.

Eric (Wheels) Williams finished with

108 rushing yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half as the coaches elected to sit him for the remainder of the game. St. Clair had 88 rushing yards on four carries, and also scored twice.

Fullback Darian Slater contributed some great blocking as well as 12 rushing yards, and Eddy Walt had three solo tackles and one recovery on special teams.

"We played well but made some mistakes that need to be corrected," coach Opie Williams said. "Three full-tempo practices should help prepare for this week."

The 2-1 Bulldogs face a tough battle against the 3-0 Langley Stampeders this Sunday in their last road game before they finally make their home debut against Chilliwack on Sept. 28.

Also last weekend, the junior bantam Bulldogs tied Fairview 16-16 in their season opener, while the bantam Bulldogs had their home game against South Delta cancelled. The junior bantams host Campbell River this Sunday at 1 p.m., while the bantams will head to Comox.

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