Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – Belmont Bulldogs Varsity football team seemed unable to find their bite Friday night against the visiting New West Hyacks, dropping a 24-6 decision at Westhills Stadium.
The Belmont Bulldogs swarm West Van’s Matt Seymour, pulling him down at centre field – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Bulldogs (1-3), led by QB Brandon Holland and a host of 9 talented graduating players, looked to add a win to the victory column against a New West team enjoying a third place standing in the Western Conference AAA Highschool Football Division. New West would activate QB Jamie Shiho to go head to head against Belmont’s senior QB Holland.
West Van Hyacks QB Jamie Shiho looks to the reverse side for option #2 – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allportmedia.ca)
Bulldogs QB Brandon Holland sees reciever Court Boice cutting inside behind the Hyacks defense – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The visiting Hyacks wouldn’t take long to make a first impression on the Bulldogs. On the Hyacks first possession of the game, QB Shiho would call on RB Tyrone Morgan to run the sideline half of the field for a touchdown against the unsuspecting hometown canines. The Bulldogs would settle in, finding success in the short pass and run game. Matt Pastro, carrying the ball, would use his own version of Seattle Seahawks “Beast Mode”, making initial tacklers pay with crushing hits for their efforts, and then drag them for a few additional yards. Belmont would command much of the ball possession time in the opening quarter of play, but a costly error in the backfield would cost the Bulldogs another touchdown when Matt Seymour of the Hyacks would pick off a Holland pass and run it uncontested for the major to put the Hyacks team in a commanding 14-0 lead.
Hyacks Matt Seymour runs east / west to escape the Bulldogs defense Rickey Frigon – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Belmont would continue to hold ball possession time in the second quarter, holding back a strong running attack by the mainland team. After holding New West to a field goal on a strong defensive stand, the Bulldogs Holland would take his team down field with only four minutes remaining, finding Court Boice for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs on the board. An unsuccessful conversion would leave the score at 17-6 late in the half. New West’s Shiho would go to a hurry up offense with fewer than two minutes remaining in the half. Belmont, slow to the line, would suffer the consequences, as the Hyacks would add another touchdown to close out the half with a 25-yard Shiho throw to Matt Seymour for his second visit to the end zone of the night. The Hyacks would go to locker room up 24-6.
Bulldogs Allstar Matt Pastro hits hard would be tackler Johnathan Tomalty. Pastro would dominate the rushing game, not willing to go down unless tackled by four or more. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Bulldogs would turn up the defense in the second half, looking to find some advantage to turn the tide in the game. The Bulldogs, not willing to rollover for the Hyacks, would show glimmers of defensive success in the third frame highlighted by a Pastro fourth down QB sack to bring Belmont’s fans to their feet. QB Holland, perhaps recognizing time waning, would look to Boice and Pastro with more frequency, but despite showing some offensive success, would run into a defense equal to the task, shutting down any comeback attempt. The New West Hyacks would take the battle and the victory with a 24-6 win.
Bulldogs Court Boice splits the Hyacks defense as he cuts up the middle – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca )
Belmont Varsity falls to 1-4 on the season. The Bulldogs travel to their next game in a Halloween contest against West Van (0-5) at Burnaby Lakes on October 31.
Graduating player Matt Pastro poses with mother and Westshore Rebels president Elise Pastro and family pregame – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Congratulations to the Belmont Bulldogs Varsity graduating class who celebrated with fans and family pregame at Westhills Stadium Friday night.