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Double ‘Dog shutouts rare

Head coach Jeff McDonald with the Cowichan Bantam Bulldogs. - Don Bodger/file
Head coach Jeff McDonald with the Cowichan Bantam Bulldogs.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

Both the Cowichan Midget and Bantam Bulldogs suffered rare shutout losses at the same time in Vancouver Mainland Football League action.

The Bantam ‘Dogs were blanked in Langley 37-0 by the Mustangs while the Midget ‘Dogs went down 18-0 at North Delta to the Longhorns.

The defence played a hard-hitting game, according to midget head coach Doug Williams, but the offense just couldn’t click. Blake Torok-Both was out with an injury and the timing and flow was off.

“It all started with not having enough time for our pre-game ritual, then with a mistake on the coin toss, giving North Delta the ball at the start of the first and second halves,’’ noted Williams

Brock Gowanlock and Kevin Gabriel led the team in tackles, with Drayson Price not far behind.

The Bantams Bulldogs made Langley work for every yard, but "five Turnovers in the first half meant that the defence was on the field a lot,'' noted coach Jeff McDonald.

Things began to turn around at the half for the Bulldogs and quarterback Mitch Hinton led a couple of great drives, but didn't lead to any scoring.

Eddy Walt and Kain Melchior played great as slotbacks while the return of Jeeven Sall as the right tackle was a boost.

The Cowichan junior bantams beat the Victoria Spartans 2-0 in a hockey-like score. The only points came on a safety.

“The game was very physical and very much a defensive battle,’’ noted Cowichan coach Trent Jones. “The whole team really stepped up play and worked together to pull out the win. We were missing five key players which meant that a lot of kids had to play both ways and I sure was proud of the effort that was given by all the players.’’

Rookie linemen Chase Godin and Bradley Wilson both showed great hustle.

Kaitlyn Wright, another rookie, stepped in at safety and made a touchdown-saving tackle. Brayden Belton and Alex Van Ryk were other standouts.

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