Junior bantam ’Dogs continue winning ways

Junior bantam ’Dogs continue winning ways

Peewees get first victory of fall season

Once again, the junior bantam Cowichan Bulldogs dominated in every aspect of the game as they continued their undefeated season with a 47-0 victory over the Westshore Spartans in Langford last Sunday.

On offence, Finn Shea ran for two touchdowns, and Gavin Kendrick and Gregor MacKenzie scored on passes from quarterback Trekker James.

Defence and special teams weren’t left out of the action as Jesse Kwasny scored off an interception on defence, and also took a punt return home for a major.

Max Vaesen had a huge outing on defence, making a number of standout plays as Cowichan completely shut down the Westshore offence.

“The majority of our players have been together for three to five seasons,” Cowichan head coach PJ Shea said. “They have grown up together, and have played through some tough times. They really deserve the success that their having right now.”

The junior bantam ‘Dogs have this weekend off, and will return to action with a road game in Comox on Oct. 14.

The peewee Bulldogs played twice last weekend, beginning with a makeup game against the Greater Victoria Warriors — a rare evening game under the lights at Westhills Stadium.

“It was a great experience for the kids to be playing at night,” head coach Opie Williams said. “They understood the term ‘Friday Night Lights.’”

The game itself was a struggle against a much bigger team. The Warriors returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, which rattled the Bulldogs’ confidence. Victoria was up 30-0 at halftime.

The Bulldogs got into the red zone once in the third quarter, but the Warriors put their starters back in the game and made a goal-line stand. Cowichan scored in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard run by Ryder Maertz.

“Coach Tim [Maertz] from the midget team was able to watch his youngest son play,” Williams noted. “And said that it was like we had won the game when we scored our TD.”

The peewees were back at Westhills Stadium on Sunday for a regularly scheduled game with the Westshore Spartans.

“This time, we came out of the gates fired up and ready to play,” Williams stated.

Cody Williams took the opening kickoff 90 yards to score, breaking a two-man tackle to spring free into the end zone. Aiden Muth ran in the extra point.

A second-quarter scoring drive started with a run by Ryder Maertz behind a block by Jaeden Williams, followed by a leaping catch by Cody Williams, and finished off with a 48-yard run by Maertz. Maertz also helped create the next touchdown with a 65-yard kickoff return to the 10-yard line. Maertz made it to the one-yard line on the next play, and Muth scored on a quarterback sneak. Muth outran the Westshore defence to score the fourth touchdown.

Bradley MacRae set the tone on defence with a plethora of tackles, while Parker Bertrand and Darren Bright also made big plays.

The peewees will head to the BC Lions game this Saturday, where they will be on the field during pregame warmups. They return home to host the Nanaimo Bombers on Sunday at 10 a.m.



kevin.rothbauer@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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