Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
June 8, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Belmont Bulldogs junior and senior varsity football teams played host to a daylong football jamboree Friday at Westhills Stadium.
High school teams from Edward Milne, Pitt Meadows, and even a newly-formed Spectrum football team competed against each other in a series of friendly tests to work their preseason bugs and gain valuable game experience before their fall season begins in earnest. Spectrum Thunder, with about 44 players in their opening season, will have a senior team in the double A-division of the B.C. High school Football Association, and play junior ball on an exhibition schedule.
Bulldog’s Slotback Matt Pastro protects the ball, running through the Spectrum defense for a short yardage touchdown – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Veteran Spectrum and Spartans QB Tye Pettepiece sets lines up behind his centre trying read the Belmont defensive line – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Belmont Varsity Bulldogs would get a chance to sample Spectrum’s Thunder in the final game of the day in front of a full stadium of student body and parents, all hoping to cheer their teams to victory. Unfortunately for the upstart Thunder, the Bulldogs, with many returning players from last year, would operate like a well-oiled machine, putting on a scoring clinic with a 45-8 win.
Belmont Bulldogs played host to a football jamboree Friday at Westhills Stadium in Langford. Spectrum Thunder debuted in their first football game ever as Belmont Varsity would play spolier with a 45-8 win. – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Belmont’s Pastro and Tipton run down Thunder’s Noah Johnston – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Belmont wouldn’t waist too much time getting on the score board, when QB Court Boice would find teammate Jordan Worth for the Bulldogs first touchdown of the game. Boice would also find Canadian All-star slot back Matt Pastro and Brandon Holland before the end of the first half, putting up a 23-0 score going into the locker room. Spectrum, showing their inexperience, as a team would be plagued by penalty calls that found themselves giving up hard earned field position.
Belmont QB Court Boice scrambles, finding yardage against the inexperienced Thunder squad – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Reciever Brandon Holland was hard to stick with, finding himself the recipient of a few Boice passes in the open field for extra yards – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Spectrums defensive line would show glimmers of brilliance in the third quarter, finally stopping the Bulldogs on downs. Spectrums veteran QB Tye Pettepiece would start to find a running game in teammate Jonny Kiss, putting together a string of 1st downs to put the Thunder in scoring position at the Belmont’s nine yard line. #21 Noah Johnson, of Spectrum, would solve Belmont’s D-line, cracking the end zone for the Thunder’s first on only points of the game. Ty Pettepiece would coolly run in for the 2-point conversion. Belmont would continue their game dominance with a mixed running and passing attack putting the ball in the hands on Worth and Pastro most of the second half to increase the point differential.
Bulldogs #2 Brady Lockwood is tripped up by Spectrum’s Shaun Henry – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Belmont’s #10 Jordan Worth slips a Thunder tackle. Worth saw the endzone often as Spectrum would have trouble containing the Belmont running play – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
With three minutes remaining in the game, the Thunder would put together another string of plays, threatening to score from the Bulldog’s one-yard line. Belmont’s “Bigs” would hold their line in an impressive last minute stand that was more about pride than the score. The D-line would stand up a leaping Jonny Kiss and deny Spectrum from adding any more points to the board, running time out to seal the victory.
Congratulations to Belmont Bulldogs and all the participating teams on a successful day of football. Victoria is definitely in for a treat to some exciting High school football action this year!
More images from the game can be seen at http://www.allsportmedia.ca