Barsby Bulldogs player Miguel Campos gains rushing yards during Friday's AA varsity football game against the Frank Hurt Hornets at Merle Logan Field. The Bulldogs won 52-12.

Barsby Bulldogs player Miguel Campos gains rushing yards during Friday's AA varsity football game against the Frank Hurt Hornets at Merle Logan Field. The Bulldogs won 52-12.

Bulldogs puts the hurt on Hornets for first win

John Barsby Secondary School’s AA varsity football team blew out the Frank Hurt Hornets 53-12 on Friday at Merle Logan Field.

The Barsby Bulldogs bit into the win column.

John Barsby Secondary School’s AA varsity football team earned its first victory of the season Friday, blowing out the Frank Hurt Hornets 53-12 at Merle Logan Field.

“We were playing hard, running hard, beautiful blocks by the O line and we were just doing our thing,” said Matt Cooley, Barsby wingback and linebacker.

Bulldogs coach Rob Stevenson liked the way his team ran the ball, and on the other side of the ball, the defensive run support. He added that “special teams were golden,” creating a turnover and making a difference with field position.

With the large margin on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs were able to get different personnel involved and try some different things.

“We opened up the playbook a little bit today; that paid dividends,” Stevenson said. “We ran a few plays they hadn’t seen before.”

The game was also noteworthy for some big hits and hard tackles by Bulldogs players.

“We’re a physical team,” Stevenson said. “We like to play as hard as we can within the rules. I think our guys were doing that.”

Cooley and Miguel Campos had two rushing touchdowns each and Justis MacKay-Topley, Taylor Markley and quarterback Ethan Laing also had rushing TDs. Laing threw a 36-yard TD pass to MacKay-Topley.

Steen Rasmussen had an interception and a fumble recovery, Kyle Gach had an interception and a blocked field goal and Laing also came up with a pick. Cooley had eight tackles and Jaydon Easterbrook had six.

GAME ON … Next action for the Bulldogs is an exhibition against the Timberline Wolves on Friday (Oct. 7) up Island. Barsby’s next game in Nanaimo is the Kocher Classic against the NDSS Islanders on Oct. 21 at Merle Logan Field.

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