Barsby Bulldogs players Nathan Berg

Barsby Bulldogs players Nathan Berg

‘Dawgs splash around in the mud, win

The Barsby Bulldogs prowled around the Cage one more time and came up with a big win. John Barsby Community Secondary School's AA varsity football team defeated the Windsor Dukes 45-7 on Friday at the school's Canem Field.

The Barsby Bulldogs prowled around the Cage one more time and came up with a big win.

John Barsby Community Secondary School’s AA varsity football team defeated the Windsor Dukes 45-7 on Friday at the school’s Canem Field.

“We played as a team, we played as one,” said Jordan Kuziek, Barsby lineman.

The ‘Dawgs thought they started slow, by their standards, but still held a 16-0 edge at halftime. The second half was a different story, as Nate Berg returned the opening kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown and the home team kept the pressure on.

“We executed what we practised,” said Rob Stevenson, Barsby coach. “I didn’t see any negative running plays; defensively, again, there were some lights-out hits.”

He said his Bulldogs team came back from mental errors in the first half, when the Dukes were able to make a few plays on both sides of the ball.

“We knew they were coming out hard. They’re a good team, well-coached,” Kuziek said. “They tried to give us all their junk but we came out in the second half ready to hit, and look at the score.”

The game was the last one at Canem Field for all of the Bulldogs’ graduating players, since playoffs are expected to be on the turf at Merle Logan Field. So the ‘Dawgs appreciated one last chance to splash around in their favourite Harewood mud puddle.

“Happy to see our seniors finish out their playing days in the good ol’ Cage and it was a good sendoff for them, a good memory, I believe,” Stevenson said.

Brad Robson led Barsby’s offence with three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air. Berg had one rushing TD to go with his special-teams major. Tyler Vollet had seven catches for 141 yards and a TD and quarterbacks Isaac Mitchell and Austin Lyle both threw TD passes.

Defensively, Kuziek and Robson made six tackles each, Wyatt Lyon and Brodie Virtanen had sacks and Brandon Bonnetplume had an interception.

GAME ON … The next game for the AA varsity’Dawgs (3-0) is Saturday (Nov. 5), when they conclude the regular season with a road game at South Delta.

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