Belmont Varsity Drops Football Opener

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Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn ( ISN )

Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Belmont Bulldogs Varsity Football team started off their 2012 high school football campaign in earnest Friday at Goudy Field in Langford against Pitt Meadows, dropping a close 25-24 win to the visiting Marauders.

In front of a sparse but boisterous crowd of supporters, the Varsity Dogs would jump out to an early 12-6 lead in a fiercely contended ground attack. Relying on the capable legs of #10 Jordan Worth and #1 Sam Varao, Belmont QB Court Boice would pilot the Belmont ground assault, throwing short yardage plays for good measure to keep the Marauder D-line guessing.

The teams would trade field position for much of the 1st half, exchanging penalties and turnovers in what had all the markings of two teams trying to remove the off-season rust. The Bulldogs would give the Marauders the lead in the 2nd quarter, giving up a touchdown for a 13-12 Marauder lead going into the locker rooms to end the first half.

Matt Pastro, Belmont Bulldogs utility player, finds an open hole in the defensive line– Erich Eichhorn image ( )

With 4:34 remaining in the third quarter the game would be delayed for 35 minutes when an unnamed Belmont player would suffer an apparent neck injury and be taken to hospital by paramedics for assessment. Players and fans alike would show their support with cheers and applause as the player was escorted off the field on a stretcher to the awaiting ambulance.

Belmont’s #23 Cody Craig looks for a way out of his backfield guarded by a Maraurder defensive player– Erich Eichhorn image ( )

As the game resumed, it was understandably apparent that both sides would play out their apprehension and resume the hard hitting game going into the final quarter when Bulldogs QB Court Boice would scamper into the end zone with 13:14 remaining to pull is team ahead with a 18-13 lead. Game on!

That lead would be short lived as Pitt Meadows, given a Belmont 1st down gift on 4th down and 15 yards, would take advantage of their midfield position and run it down field for the major. Marauders 19-18.

The Belmont defense would show glimmers of brilliance against the Marauders during action at Goudy field – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

At 3:12 of the fourth quarter the Marauders would seemingly have the game in hand after a 20 yard passing play over the middle to extend the lead to 25-18, missing the convert. On the ensuing Marauder kick off, Belmont’s RJ Piche would run the ball back 22 yards to the Marauder 48 yard line to put his team in a position to pull off the win with time running down. Belmont would make a gutsy play and insert a fresh QB in Junior Varsity player Josh Tipton.

#10 Jordan Worth was a concern all game for the Pitt Meadow Marauders – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Tipton skillfully, as if he had played the whole game, would give his team a chance to tie the game with 1:08 remaining when he would run the ball right at the Marauder defense, finding enough of a hole to narrowly get the ball across the end zone line and bring his team to within one point of a tie. Unfortunately, for Belmont players and fans alike, an opening season win was not in the cards as the convert snap was fumbled and the kick blocked to give the Pitt Meadow Marauders a 25-24 win.

Great Effort – Tough Loss Bulldogs !

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.