Barsby beats Ballenas in Border Battle

The Barsby Bulldogs got a terrific regular-season test as they start thinking about playoffs.

John Barsby Community Secondary School's AA varsity football team won the annual Border Battle game against the Ballenas Whalers on Friday under the lights at Merle Logan Field, 22-14.

"A great football game," said Rob Stevenson, Barsby coach. "It went down to the last play or two. Ballenas had a good shot at winning it and we managed to hold on."

The Whalers led 14-6 at halftime, but the 'Dawgs outscored them 16-0 over the final two quarters.

Stevenson called it a "stalwart" defensive effort, and also praised his offensive line which helped create space for wingback Brandon Parker to gain 209 rush yards and a TD. The Bulldogs' other touchdowns were both scored by Kyle Vollet on run plays.

GRID BITS … Barsby's regular-season finale is this Friday (Nov. 2) when it hosts the Argyle Pipers at 1:45 p.m. at Merle Logan Field. Playoffs start the following weekend … The Nanaimo District Islanders lost 20-12 to the Handsworth Royals on Friday at the Nanaimo District Secondary School field. ND's final game is Friday against Ballenas at 1:45 p.m. at NDSS.

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