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Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

October 19, 2013, Langford (ISN) – The Belmont Bulldogs Varsity football team dropped a late game decision to the Vancouver College Friday afternoon at Goudy Field, loosing 27-20 in a come from behind battle.

You might not expect to think much of a team after they loose two key players from their roster, but the Belmont Bulldogs Varsity football team have been all grit and “Blue Collar” this season, going into their fourth game of the season with a 2-1 record in BC High school AAA football western division.

Bulldog’s lineman Jamie Pacheco would become the latest casualty in the Belmont lineup with a game ending injury – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

With the departure of BC Allstar Matt Pastro and starting QB Court Boice earlier this year due to season-ending injuries, the Belmont Bulldogs have done well to keep pace within their division going into the Friday’s game against Vancouver College (2-2) with a two game win streak in hand.

In a defensive battle, Vancouver College would score the only points of the first quarter on a 3 yard run into the end zone. Belmont’s offense would attempt to equal the score with their own touchdown late in the quarter but would get held up by Vancouver’s front line defense on a fourth down goal line stand. Belmont would find an answer in the second frame as Belmont’s QB Brandon Holland would throw to teammate Jordon Worth for the 10 yard scamper to the house with 2:38 remaining in the half to even the score at 7-7.

Belmont’s Sam Varao would be a beast later in the game. Varao runs over a Vancouver College tackler here.– Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Both teams would hit the field in the second half with a little more offensive-minded play. Vancouver College would hit Belmont’s defensive line hard in the second half, exploding for three touchdowns. #19 for Vancouver would take a 47 yard pass and run play to the end zone for the major, only to be followed by an additional touchdown by RB#28 Ovie Odjegba on a midfield interception and runback after an errant throw by Belmont’s QB Holland. Belmont would snuff out Vancouver’s extra point attempt, which would prove pivotable in the last few minutes of the game. The fifth place Vancouver squad would jump out to a 20-7 advantage by the end of the third quarter.

Running back Sam Varao carries the ball with Vancouver defenders in pursuit – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Bulldog’s Brandon Holland would find Worth early in the fourth quarter, electrifying the partisan Belmont crowd with a huge gain, setting the stage for a Belmont comeback. Worth would take the snap himself to run it in from the 3-yard line to climb back into the game with only five minutes remaining. Belmont’s defensive crew would shut the door on Vancouver College to give the Bulldogs a fighting chance in the final quarter. Belmont, running from a hurry up offense, would call on RB Sam Varao to help propel his Bulldogs team downfield.

Belmont QB Brandon Holland would help pull his Belmont team back into the game late in the fourth quarter to almost pull off a come from behind win – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Belmont, riding on the back of Team BC hopeful RB Sam Varao, looked to be in position to steal the win from Vancouver College. Putting Vancouver College on their heels, with three successive first down conversions, including a gutsy fourth down conversion, Varao would run over the Vancouver defensive line, moving his team down field and into the red zone. Joshua Tipton would find the end zone with 1:28 remaining in the game to tie the game up. Vancouver, not to be denied the loss would explode of the line to block the Bulldog convert to keep the game in a deadlock at 20-20.

Joshua Tipton runs in for the tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter for his Belmont Bulldogs. – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Perhaps, with hopes of a certain win deflated, Belmont’s defensive line would not be able to hold back Vancouver College’s star running back Odjegba, as he would find a hole in the Dog’s front line and run for approximately 55 yards down field for his second touchdown of the game to seal the last minute 27-20 win for the mainland team. Belmont, now 2-2 on the season, would add to their injury woes as lineman #62 Jamie Pacheco would have to be carried off the field late in the fourth quarter with an apparent “lower body” injury.

Belmont’s next game will be a home game against visiting Handsworth Secondary, at Westhills Stadium, Oct 25th at 3:00 pm.