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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.