The John Barsby Junior Dogs came into this game with some hard feelings, after being beat by the Mission Roadrunners last year in the Provincial Championship Game, and it was not looking pretty off the start.
Evan Horton of the Roadrunners scored on a 57-yard keeper to take the lead for the Roadrunners, which was followed shortly by another Roadrunner touchdown by Jesse Walker, then by a two-point convert.
Mission’s Jesse Walker, here evading a tackle by Barsby’s Shawn Arabasky, would score one of the two Mission touchdowns Saturday (Photo by Chrisitan J. Stewart – ISN).
However in the second half someone let the Dogs out of their cages, DeJon Lynch tore up the turf with a nine-yard run, followed by a completed two-point convert to Nick Johnson, then Johnson fought his way to a 47-yard TD to tie the game up at 14-14., but with just minutes remaining in the third quarter, Kyle Vollet carried the ball in for the two-point convert to take the Bulldogs first lead of the game 16-14.
Barsby’s Trentyn Anderson comes up with a big interception in the Bulldog’s win over Mission (Photo By Christian J. Stewart – ISN).
In the fourth the Roadrunners gave it all they could, with several very close opportunities, however the Bulldogs were cheered heavily on with chants “D-Fence, D-Fence” over and over, gave them the momentum to stop the Roadrunners from getting a touchdown.
As the clock drew down, the Bulldogs stood anxiously waiting to be announced the new Provincial Champions.
John Barsby quarterback Brody Taylor (10) gets off a pass attempt under pressure from Mission’s Arjun Bhogal (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).
Rylie Harris, Center for the Bulldogs describes the feeling as indescribable “It felt amazing, no other words to describe it, and what made it even better was winning it with the group of guys, I’d do anything for.”
Coach Jones, who is the defensive back coach, said the feeling was unbearable! “When the final seconds ticked down out Defence still on filed holding a very potent offence from scoring on any big plays was a great feeling. It truly was unfinished business for that group of grade 10’s that lost in the final last year. I felt proud to be a part of the 1st Junior Varsity to bring a banner back to the school at the Junior Level, as I was part of the 1st Junior Varsity Squad at John Barsby back in 1998!”
Barsby’s Brody Taylor (10) and Nick Johnson (8), begin the celebration following their 16-14 victory over Mission (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).
PERSONAL NOTE: The Juniors were outstanding, they were a little shaky from their nerves at the beginning but got their composure back and won the game! They played every play with maturity, drive and passion! And yet again big hand to those Bulldog Fans!!