Bulldogs Football Puts Bite On Host Whalers In Exhibition Play

Bulldogs Set To Kick Off 2017 Football Season

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September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - Bulldog's Nathan Eldridge gets around the Whaler defense in pursuit of the ball - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)

September 15, 2017 Nanaimo, BC (ISN) – The Belmont Bulldogs football program couldn’t have asked for a better road result in week two action, going two for two Friday afternoon as their Jr Varsity and Varsity squads defeated the Ballenas Whalers 20-8 and 34-21 respectively in the final weekend of BC Secondary Schools Football Association exhibition play.

September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) – – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)

In the Jr Varsity matchup, Jared Steele would lead his pack of Bulldogs with two touchdowns in the dinner matchup, and Elliot Sheehy would add another to power the Bulldogs to the 20-8 win. Hunter Bowles would add a 2-point conversion.

The Junior Varsity Bulldogs would fall behind briefly to the Whalers after a Elliot Sheehy TD would open the scoring 6-8, but would regain the scoreboard advantage on a Jared Steele touchdown to take a 14-8 halftime lead.

Much a defensive battle throughout the game, the Bulldogs defensive core did well to hold the Whalers to a single TD through sixty minutes of play.

Jared Steele would a second touchdown in the fourth quarter to close the door on the Whalers and give the junior Belmont side the exhibition win.

The Jr Varsity Bulldogs will open regular season play on September 29th, in a home affair against the visiting South Delta Sun Devils, at Goudy Field.

 

The Varsity Belmont Bulldogs would dominate a first half of play, jumping out to a 28-7 half time lead under the play calling of QB Kalen Jules, and would hang on to a 34-21 victory over the Whalers.

September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) – – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Cung, with strong pass protection from his offensive line, would move the chains with ease early in the game finding a streaking Eli Nelms-Horton multiple times on passing to the lanky receiver in the first half.

September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - Belmont's Eli Nelms-Horton pulls down the toss from QB Jalen Cung - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) – Belmont’s Eli Nelms-Horton pulls down the toss from QB Jalen Cung – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) -Belmont QB Jalen Cung awaits the snap – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Belmont’s Carter Price would propel his team with two first half touchdowns, while Cole Johns, Tyson Boyd, and #6 (*) would all put their mark on the scoreboard with single touchdowns in the game as well.

From the opening kick off, it was apparent the Bulldog defense would control the line. With their aggressive pursuit of the ball, Whaler’s veteran QB Ben Robinson would have little time to look down field.  Forced to scramble frequently out of protection, Robinson did well in using his legs to advance the ball in his team’s favor throughout the game.

September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - Bulldog's Nathan Eldridge gets around the Whaler defense in pursuit of the ball - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) – Bulldog’s Nathan Eldridge gets around the Whaler defense in pursuit of the ball – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) – – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Cole Johns would open the scoring for both sides in the game, putting his Bulldogs up 7-0 in the first quarter. The Bulldogs would erupt for three touchdowns in the second frame on a two TD performance by Carter Price and another by #6 (*), climbing the ladder over a defender to pull down a Jules pass in the corner of the Whaler house to go up 28-7 at the half.

September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) – – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)

In a game changing moment with time running out in the first half, the Bulldog defense, after being backed up to their three yard line by Robinson’s efforts in the second quarter up 21-7, would be quick to a fumbled Whaler ball in the Belmont end zone, turning the ball back to the Bulldogs with 23 seconds remaining in the half.

Jules, showing all the confidence in his receiving core, would move the ball down field with 18 seconds remaining to set up Carter Price’s second TD on the last play of the half 28-7. That score would prove costly for Ballenas in a fourteen-point swing and momentum in the game.

September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) – – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Whalers, looking to regain momentum, would continue to press the Bulldogs in the second half frequenting the ground attack of Robinson. Robinson would do well to give his team favorable field position in the second half. Robinson, on a QB keeper, would score for his team to cut the lead 28-13 in the 3rd quarter.

September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) -Whaler’s Ben Robinson was ever-dangerous on the ground – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Tyson Boyd would erase that Whaler score in the fourth quarter of action in the only Bulldog score of the second half, replying with a Jules strike over the middle from twenty yards out carrying the ball to beat all defenders to the end zone.

September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) - Tyson Boyd gets company to celebrate his catch and run TD - Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 15, 2017 Naniamo, BC (ISN) – Tyson Boyd gets company to celebrate his catch and run TD – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Whaler’s would add a late rushing touchdown, but with time working against the Ballenas squad would concede the 34-21 Belmont victory.

The Varsity Bulldogs will open regular season play on September 29th, also at home against the visiting South Delta Sun Devils, at Goudy Field.

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