- BC Games
Narrow margin for first
Monday’s game between the top two teams in the Vancouver Mainland Football League’s Midget Division lived up to its billing.
The Cowichan Bulldogs ventured to Langley and suffered their first loss of the season, 10-9 in a barnburner against the Langley Stampeders.
The Stampeders now own top spot all to themselves at 6-0 while the Bulldogs are 6-1.
“It was a very defensive battle,’’ said Cowichan coach Doug (Opie) Williams.
The Bulldogs were in tough with Kain Melchior and Drayson Price both out of the lineup with an illness and injury, respectively, and then lost Kole Lochbaum to injury in the first quarter.
The game was literally a toss-up to the end.
The Stampeders took advantage of a Cowichan penalty on a third-down punt in the second quarter and broke the next play for a 40-yard touchdown run. Langley added a field goal in the third quarter for a 10-0 lead.
Cowichan came back in the fourth with a short Wyatt MacWatt TD run. Langley also gave up a safety for better field position late in the game.
Cory Lewis had two interceptions for the Bulldogs and Nick Thomas recovered a fumble.
“We didn’t play our best game in my opinion,’’ said Williams. “If we can eliminate the mistakes, we’re the No. 1 team.’’
Cowichan hosts White Rock South Surrey Sunday at 2:30 p.m.