JV Bulldogs Eke Out Tough Win Against JV Rams on Rainy Friday

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October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Mt. Doug running back Cole Bunting (13) would fight for some tough yardage against the Belmont defence Friday. The Bulldogs would hold strong and shut-out the Rams 6-0 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

October 6, 2017, Langford, BC (ISN) – It was a three-way battle Friday afternoon between the Junior Varsity Belmont Bulldogs, the Junior Varsity Mt. Douglas Rams and Mother Nature, with the Junior Varsity Bulldogs prevailing over both the Rams and the rainy and windy weather, eking out a 6-0 win in BC High School Football Junior Varsity action at Goudy Field in Langford.

October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Belmont quarterback Hunter Bowles (13) looks for the end zone against the Rams Friday. Bowles would score the only touchdown of the day in the Bulldogs 6-0 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Belmont quarterback Hunter Bowles (13) looks for the end zone against the Rams Friday. Bowles would score the only touchdown of the day in the Bulldogs 6-0 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Mt. Doug's Joe Lucas (4) races through the raindrops for a gain against the Belmont defence (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Mt. Doug’s Joe Lucas (4) races through the raindrops and away from Belmont defender Jordan Russell (38) during this run Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The win was the first of the year for the Junior Bulldogs following their opening game 48-22 loss to South Delta last week.  The Rams fall to 0-2 on the season, having dropped their opener last week 14-8 to the Notre Dame Jugglers.

October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Belmont's Carter Price (10) turns the corner on Mt. Doug defender Cole Bunting (13) during the Bulldog's 6-0 win Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Belmont’s Jared Steele (10) turns the corner on Mt. Doug defender Cole Bunting (13) during the Bulldog’s 6-0 win Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For both teams Friday, the rain and wind – strong at times – played havoc with play calling, especially the passing game, but the Bulldogs found a way in the second quarter to mount a 33-yard scoring drive ultimately capped by a half-yard quarterback sneak from Hunter Bowles to put the Bulldogs up 6-0.

October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Mt. Doug quarterback Joe Lucas (4) would not escape the grasp of Belmont's Khang Chau (66) on this play Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Mt. Doug quarterback Joe Lucas (4) would not escape the grasp of Belmont’s Khang Chau (66) on this play Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Belmont's Carter Price (10) looks for a path around the end on this running play in the first half Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Belmont’s Jared Steele (10) looks for a path around the end on this running play in the first half Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Rams would then take the ensuing kick-off on their own 31-yard line and on the first play of the series, quarterback Jackson Reid would amble all the way down to the Bulldogs goal line on the Rams biggest play from scrimmage in the game.

October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Belmont's Carter Price (10) splits the seam between the Rams' Cole Bunting (13) and Nelson Carnell (19) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Belmont’s Jared Steele (10) splits the seam between the Rams’ Cole Bunting (13) and Nelson Carnell (19) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - The water droplets fly as Belmont's Carter Price (10) is tackled by the Rams Cole Bunting (13) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – The water droplets fly as Belmont’s Jared Steele (10) is tackled by the Rams Cole Bunting (13) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

On the very next play, the Rams would fumble the ball back to the Bulldogs 12-yard line and after Reid left the game with an injury, Joe Lucas would step in to the quarterback position and take the ball back to the one-yard line. The Bulldogs defence would step up however to keep the Rams out of the end zone and turn the ball over on downs, taking their 6-0 into the locker room at the half.

October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Mt. Doug's Joe Lucas would come in at quarterback half-way through Friday's game and would lead the Rams with some big running gains on offence (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Mt. Doug’s Joe Lucas would come in at quarterback half-way through Friday’s game and would lead the Rams with some big running gains on offence (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Belmont running back Isaac Bowlware (22) would punish the Rams defence with some hard-fought ground yardage in the first half Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Belmont running back Brennan Blondeau (22) would punish the Rams defence with some hard-fought ground yardage in the first half Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Rams offence would look better in the second half, with Lucas taking over the show and calling his own number on many occasions, but the deepest they could get on any drive was the Bulldog 20-yard line, as the stingy Belmont defence would bend but never break in keeping the Rams off the scoreboard for the entire game.

October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Despite a big hit from Belmont's Hunter Bowles (13) the Rams Glen Rose (80) would recover to hang on to this pass during the Bulldog's 6-0 win Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Despite a big hit from Belmont’s Hunter Bowles (13) the Rams Glen Rose (80) would recover to hang on to this pass during the Bulldog’s 6-0 win Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - A rainy day caused havoc for the Rams offence Friday, as they fumbled the ball four times, including this drop by running back Jordan Clark (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – A rainy day caused havoc for the Rams offence Friday, as they fumbled the ball four times, including this drop by running back Jordan Clark (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Belmont’s offence was led by Bowles, who in addition to his touchdown, had a number of other good gains on the ground.  Also contributing with some well-earned running yardage were running backs Brennan Blondeau and Jared Steele.

October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Belmont receiver Sterling May (88) gets looks for a way by Mt. Doug defender Nelson Carnell (19) during Friday's action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Belmont receiver Sterling May (88) looks for a way by Mt. Doug defender Nelson Carnell (19) during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For the Rams, Lucas was clearly the biggest offensive threat of the game, although running backs Cole Bunting and Jordan Clark also chipped in with some tough gains, especially in the second half.

October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC - Mt. Doug running back Jordan Clark (30) tries to fight off the tackle of a Belmont defender (38 not on roster) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
October 6, 2017, Victoria, BC – Mt. Doug running back Jordan Clark (30) tries to fight off the tackle of Belmont defender Jordan Russell (38) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Bulldogs will look for their second win of the season next Thursday, October 12, when they host West Vancouver in a 3:00 pm start at Goudy Field.  The Rams will search for their first regular season win, also on October 12, when they travel to the mainland to take on Terry Fox.

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