Cowichan’s Paul Romanoff awaits a touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Maertz during last Sunday’s game at McAdam Park. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Midget Bulldogs turn right around

Win not in the cards, but performance greatly improved

The midget Cowichan Bulldogs lost 23-21 to the Meadow Ridge Knights in a Vancouver Mainland Football League game at Duncan’s McAdam Park last Sunday, but after the previous week’s debacle against the Comox Raiders, Cowichan coach Tim Maertz was thrilled.

“Again, the scoreboard didn’t tilt in our favour,” he said. “But we played way more disciplined football, that’s for sure.”

It was an emotional game for the senior Bulldogs, who were playing the last home game of their careers. That included some players who had planned to play junior football this season, but opted to play one more year of midget.

“They decided to come back and finish what they started here.”

The Cowichan defence got strong games from several players, including Kolten Pieters, who registered two sacks, and Kilion VennRyan, who had two interceptions. Paul Romanoff also had one sack, and first-year midget Daylen MacDonald had an interception. Brayden Doucette was another key contributor.

“He was a man on a mission,” Maertz said. “He was all over the place, making tackles left, right and centre.”

It was vital to have lots of players contributing on defence, because mainstay Nicholas Young was sidelined with a broken elbow. Young still begged to get in for one play in his last home game, and the coaches relented.

“We snuck him out there for the opening kickoff,” Maertz said. “He came off, changed out of his gear, and that was that.”

The Cowichan offence played its best game so far, with Carson Maertz connecting with Romanoff for two touchdowns and Jon Nantais for the other.

The Bulldogs started the last series of the game on their own 40-yard line, and made it almost halfway to the end zone before they ran out of time.

The VMFL midget playoff format has been established, and Cowichan, Comox and Victoria have been grouped in an Island zone, with the best of those three getting a bye to the Island final, while the other two play in a semifinal. Knowing his team will make the playoffs, Maertz can focus on performance instead of results for the last two weeks of the regular season.

“I’m not too concerned about how we finish. I’m just thinking about getting better so when the playoffs come around we’re firing on all cylinders. There’s nobody in this league we can’t beat. I’m looking forward to the rest of this.”

The Bulldogs will visit the Victoria Spartans at Westhills Stadium this coming Sunday.

Just Posted

Chemainus Theatre offers fall fun with ‘Lumberjacks in Love’

Are you ready for a musical called Lumberjacks in Love? Join the crowd for a fun night out

Roe leads Cowichan contingent at lacrosse Worlds

Defender locks up NLL deal after helping England to fourth

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

2 guitar trios combine for a powerhouse evening of music at Cowichan Theatre

California and Montreal Guitar Trios are coming together to Duncan for a great show

Brothers in Cowichan Valley win big in lottery for 2nd time

Playing same numbers net big wins over a three year period

VIDEO: U.S. officials refute British couple’s ‘accidental’ border-crossing claim

Authorities say couple was arrested after illegal entry from B.C., with $16,000 and marijuana

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

One person hurt in crash at busy Nanaimo intersection

Minivan, sport utility vehicle collide at old Island Highway, Bowen Road and Norwell Drive

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Suspect hits woman with pipe, jumps into waiting truck in downtown Nanaimo

Police say victim believes ‘vicious assault’ was an attempted purse-snatching

Most Read