Defensive lineman Brock Gowanlock led the way as three players from the midget Cowichan Bulldogs took part in the 2014 Football BC Senior Bowl and the week-long camp that preceded it last week.
The Senior Bowl brings together the top Grade 12 players in community and high school football across B.C. Gowanlock was joined for the camp and game by Bulldogs teammates Eric (Wheels) Williams and Mackey Singh. A fourth player, Landon Conville, was invited, but was unable to attend.
Gowanlock, who was named the defensive MVP at the 2013 Star Bowl, was among the standouts throughout the camp, and was honoured as one of the top defensive linemen.
"Talking with Adam Bighill, he said that Brock was lighting it up at the day he helped out," midget Bulldogs head coach Opie Williams said, quoting the BC Lions all-star linebacker.
Receiver Eric Williams was the only Bulldog on Team Friesen, which won the Senior Bowl 24-6 over Team Kelly.
"His speed would have impressed the coaches, but his other talent as a returner isn’t as noticeable in a camp," Opie Williams said.
Singh joined Gowanlock on Team Kelly.
"Mackey was one of our dominating offensive lineman, and I hope he was able to show his skills," the coach said.
Opie Williams expected that the coaches representing the BC Football Conference, including his own former Victoria Payless teammate Shane Beatty of the Okanagan Sun, would be speaking to the Bulldogs players, although he’d be happy to have them stick around for another season of midget.
"I was very excited to have these players go to Senior Bowl," he said. "I would have liked to have more going but that is how it is. They would have put on a great performance and I have my work cut out keeping them."