Barsby kicks off playoffs

NANAIMO – John Barsby Secondary School’s AA varsity football team kicks off the playoffs this Saturday (Nov. 14) against Moscrop.

It’s the time of year when the Barsby Bulldogs will need to be at their best.

John Barsby Secondary School’s AA varsity football team kicks off the playoffs this Saturday (Nov. 14) against the Moscrop Panthers.

The visitors are an out-of-division opponent that the ’Dawgs don’t play often, but the teams met at the junior varsity level in the 2013 playoffs.

“The same group of kids, a couple years older now,” said Rob Stevenson, Barsby coach.

Moscrop has good roster numbers, plays physical and can run and pass the ball. Barsby has those same attributes and more, not to mention home-field advantage and a high seeding.

“Defensively we’re really playing a solid, physical game, not too many breakdowns mentally. Special teams for us have been going along well … and offensively, I think we can run and pass with equal aplomb,” Stevenson said. “So we’re balanced.”

GAME ON … Saturday’s game is a 12:30 p.m. kickoff at Merle Logan Field. In junior varsity, Barsby hosts Hugh Boyd today (Nov. 12) at 4 p.m. at Merle Logan Field. In other junior varsity playoff action, the Nanaimo District Islanders were eliminated from the post-season Wednesday in a 40-22 road loss against Abbotsford.

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