Cullum’s three TDs spur Cowichan ‘Dogs to victory

Dakota Cullum scored three touchdowns last Sunday afternoon to lead the junior bantam Cowichan Bulldogs to a 30-7 win over the Campbell River Eagles in an exhibition football match at McAdam Park.

Cullum ran the ball for two of his touchdowns, and caught a pass from quarterback Carson Maertz for the third. Dylan Taylor rumbled over the line for Cowichan’s fourth and final touchdown, and Dane Quayle caught two of the Bulldogs’ three two-point convert attempts.

"It was great to be able to get other players involved in running the ball," head coach Tim Maertz said. "We had plans to get a couple other players to run the ball as well, but ran out of time."

Taylor also joined with Hudson Copley-Spencer and Nicholas Young to make some outstanding tackles when the Bulldogs were on the other side of the ball.

"Our defence was solid while getting pressure in the backfield, we were able to hold the Eagles from soaring down the field," Maertz said. "The Eagles were able to get on the score board, but we held them to just the one touchdown."

Things got a little confusing late in the second half when the Eagles suffered an injury and had to resort to nine-man football instead of the usual 11-man format, but the Bulldogs adapted quickly.

"Our young men and young woman were able to keep their composure, and fight through the confusion and keep the Eagles from getting very far down the field, and keep pushing the ball on offence," Maertz said. "It was a great game, our pack of Bulldogs are a great bunch of athletes, and I am so proud of their efforts today."

The junior bantam Bulldogs will be at home again this weekend, hosting the Victoria Spartans at McAdam Park at noon on Sunday.