November 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Junior Varsity Belmont Bulldogs continued on their charmed path this season with a 21-12 win over Vancouver College Fighting Irish to claim a provincial semi-final win and a berth to next weekend’s Subway Bowl Provincial Championships in Vancouver, under the dome at BC Place Stadium.
The Bulldogs, undefeated to-date this season, would have to go through a tough, 2-1 Vancouver College team at Burnaby Lakes in Vancouver, if torrential rain didn’t make the effort anymore special, to punch their ticket to the big show.
Belmont’s defense would play lights out in the early going, keeping the pressure on the Fighting Irish, holding them near mid-field most of the first quarter.
Sterling May would standout defensively in the game with his nose for the ball, recovering two Vancouver College fumbles, and recovering an onside kick in a game where each ball possession would be all-important for both teams.
Belmont would strike first, scoring with thirty-seconds remaining in the first quarter. QB Hunter Bowles would take the ball on a QB keeper, running the rock in from five yards out to take the first lead in the game, going up 7-0.
Vancouver College would answer in the second quarter on a completed end zone pass from ten yards out to draw near 7-6 going in to halftime. Another touchdown in the third quarter would give the Fighting Irish their first lead of the game, going up 12-7.
Inclement weather playing havoc on both sides of the ball, may have had a part in a Bulldog turning point in the fourth quarter as Sterling May would pickup his second Vancouver College fumble from midfield, running the ball forty-five yards into Fighting Irish territory. Belmont would capitalize on the following play, a five-yard rushing TD by Hunter Bowles, his second in the game, to regain a narrow 13-12 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game.
Gerren Hardisty would add a late, go-ahead TD, and Hunter Bowles would add the insurance marker with a two-point convert to seal the Bulldog win and claim a spot at Championship table against either Kelowna or Lord Tweedsmuir next Saturday at BC Place.