High school teams make pre-season push

Nanaimo’s two high school varsity football teams will try to come as close as they can to regular-season form.

Both the John Barsby Bulldogs and the Nanaimo District Islanders play their final pre-season games this Friday (Sept. 30). The games were originally scheduled for the respective school fields, but will now go one after another on the new turf at Merle Logan Field.

Barsby has won all three of its pre-season games this month by lopsided scores – in its 35-8 victory last week, it tackled the Belmont Bulldogs so hard that the Victoria team picked up and left at halftime.

NDSS is also coming off a win, as the Isles pounded the G.P. Vanier Towhees 36-7 last week at Nanaimo District Secondary School Field.

GAME ON … The Barsby Bulldogs host Edward Milne Friday at 1:45 p.m. at Merle Logan, with NDSS playing the Mark Isfeld Ice at 4 p.m. …The following weekend the regular season starts, and both Nanaimo teams play noteworthy matchups – Barsby hosts Ballenas in the annual Border Battle rivalry game and NDSS hosts the brand-new Argyle Pipers. Both those games will be 1:45 p.m. starts at the school fields.

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