Story and Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN) Langford, BC – Someone forgot to tell the Jr Bantam Westshore Warriors that it was the opening game of the Greater Victoria Minor Football season when they dismantled the visiting Cowichan Bulldogs 44-12 at Westhills Stadium in Langford Saturday afternoon.
Kalen Cung holds off a Cowichan Bulldog as he runs for extra yards. Cung would score two touchdowns to help his Westshore Warriors win the first test of the season 44-12 at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Westshore Warriors, in the win, suprisingly looked every bit like a team in mid-season stride as they took the game to the yellow and red in what may have been a flawless game for the home side, not showing any signs of a team still looking to shake away the off season rust.
The Warriors put the ball in the hands of field general Kalen Jules, going head to head with the Bulldogs QB giant in Dakota Callum.
Starting Warrior QB Kalen Jules commanded a flawless offensive game, orchestrating 5 touchdowns in the second half to lift his team over the Cowichan Bulldogs – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Bulldogs QB Dakota Callum hooks up with his RB Jason Brand. Brand would score 2 touchdowns for his team in the loss – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Callum would open the first quarter scoring handing the ball to RB Jason Brand who would find a hole in the Warriors wide-spread defensive line to run the ball to the end zone from mid-field for the 6-0 early lead. Jules, leading his team down field with a ground attack would answer the earlier score with his own QB keeper from the Cowichan fifteen-yard line to put his team back in the lead 7-6 on a successful conversion attempt. The Warriors would take that lead into the second quarter.
#54 Jason Brand gets the high five from his teammates in a rare touchdown in their season opener – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Westhshore’s Jalen Cung would score his first of two touchdowns on the afternoon, on a sideline catch and run play from QB Jules in the second frame, putting pressure on the Bulldog secondary. Tyson Boyd would add to the Bulldogs offensive troubles, picking off the Callum pass over the middle, for back-to-back touchdowns to take a commanding 20-6 lead. Cowichan’s big running back Jason Brand, would power his way down field for a Bulldog touchdown to keep the visitors within reach at the half with a 20-12 score.
Kalen Jules enjoys time in the pocket under the protection of his offensive linemates as he surveys his options – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Dakota Callum, doing double duty as his team’s kick off man, would kick off to Jalen Cung to open the second half. Cung, already proven dangerous down the sidelines with an earlier run, would find his way around the Bulldogs corner and run the field for the touchdown to seemingly deflate the visiting canines hopes of a comeback, and increase the lead to 27-12.
Jalen Cung looks over his shoulder as he runs out of the backfield – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Warrior defense, making their own statement, would shut down the Bulldogs running game up the middle highlighted by Christopher Williams stripping the Cowichan ball away in the third quarter. In a rare highlight on the afternoon for Cowichan, the Bulldogs would hold a threatening Warriors offense out of the end zone late in the quarter, forcing the highflying Warriors to settle for a field goal.
A stiff Warrior defense would hold back the Bulldogs ground game as Warriors swarm QB Dakota Callum – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Westhore Warriors would add two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter courtesy of Carter Price and Lucas Nelson to finish with the 44-12 victory over the up island competition.
#3 Lucas Nelson would score his team’s final touchdown in the lopsided win Saturday afternoon – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Next up for the Westshore Warriors are the Saanich Wolverines Saturday, April 18th at 12:45 pm