October 3, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Belmont Bulldogs Junior Varsity football team dominated from the opening kickoff to defeat the Mount Douglas Rams 34-6 in their cross-town, BC High School Football season opener Wednesday afternoon.
The Bulldog’s starting QB Hunter Bowles, playing both sides of the ball in the game, would lead all players throwing for two TD’s passes to go along with his two rushing TD’s in what was otherwise a team win for his Bulldog squad as Belmont’s quick, defensive nose for the ball would pressure QB Jackson Reid, holding the Rams in their own half of the field much of the afternoon in support of the Bulldog’s explosive, offensive game.
Belmont’s Riley Berfelo would open the scoring in the first quarter of play with his first of two TD’s in the game in what would appear to be a statement touchdown for the visiting side. Hunter Bowles would follow up with his first of two rushing touchdowns in the game on a QB keeper from about fifteen yards out to give his team a 14-0 lead in the first quarter of play to put the Rams Back on their heals
The Rams defense would stiffen up in the second quarter to limit Belmont’s gains. Rams’ QB Reid, despite his best efforts, would have difficulty move the ball through the smothering Bulldog defense and forced turnovers would continue to hamper their forward momentum in the half.
Bulldog’s Hunter Bowles, moving his team downfield would call his own number with thirty seconds remaining in the half to score his second rushing TD of the game from the five-yard line, and put his team up 20-0 going into halftime.
A seemingly rejuvenated Rams team would come out with purpose in the third quarter, looking to undo the result of a slow first half start.
Rams Head Coach Mark Townsend must have seen something in the Bulldogs defense as the Rams would begin to find success in putting the ball in the hands of RB Hunter Swift and Miltiadis Koulelis, pounding the ball on the ground with some punishing runs for positive yards through the defensive front line of Belmont. Rams lanky QB Reid, also activated to the ground attack would provide the outside game, claiming valuable yardage with his legs to threaten the Bulldogs.
Rewarded for their successes, Reid would put the ball in the hands of Koulelis deep in the Belmont zone to score their sole TD of the game late in the third quarter to post a 20-6 score with one quarter to mount a comeback attempt.
Belmont would shut down any attempt at a comeback with a fourteen point burst in the fourth quarter, deflate the sails of the Rams hopes at a comeback when RB Jordan Russell would run through multiple Ram tacklers for thirty-eight yards and the touchdown to go up 26-6.
Riley Berfelo would cap the Bulldog victory with his second TD of the game from Bowles, and Witt Nevins would catch the 2-point conversion pass to elevate the Belmont Bulldogs to the 34-6 win.
For the Bulldogs, the win marks the second, opening season win in as many years according to Bulldogs staff.
The JV Bulldogs next regular season game is October 18th at home versus Handsworth, while Mount Douglas Rams travel to Vancouver to take on Carson Graham on the same date.