Barsby Bulldogs running back Colby Fuchs gains yardage against the Ballenas Whalers during Friday’s game at John Barsby Secondary School field. (Michael Briones/Black Press)

Barsby Bulldogs running back Colby Fuchs gains yardage against the Ballenas Whalers during Friday’s game at John Barsby Secondary School field. (Michael Briones/Black Press)

Barsby bounces Ballenas in classic Border Battle high school football rivalry game

Home team wins 36-30

This year’s version of the Border Battle was won by the John Barsby Bulldogs.

The B.C. Secondary Schools Football Association clash between longtime rivals John Barsby and Ballenas produced yet another exciting game Oct. 8, with the host Bulldogs coming out on top 36-30.

“This was one of the classics in the long history of Border Battle games between Ballenas and John Barsby,” said Bulldogs coach Rob Stevenson. “Both teams like to win and they left it all on the field. Guys on both teams made some great plays. It was fun to be a part of. A couple of grey hairs on my beard at the end of it but I am happy for our players and coaches. They worked so hard for this.”

Ballenas head coach Dan Smith said the Whalers committed too many costly errors.

“We made crucial mistakes in all levels of the game today and I’ll say even in coaching because there were some things we could have done better,” said Smith. “And you just can’t do that against an opportunistic team like this. They’ll just capitalize and that’s what they did.”

GAME ON … Next action for the Bulldogs is Saturday, Oct. 16, when they play on the road against the West Vancouver Highlanders. Barsby’s next home game is Oct. 29 when they take on the Windsor Dukes at 2 p.m. at Barsby school field.

For more photos from the Border Battle game, click here.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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