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Focus key for Barsby team in playoffs

NANAIMO – AA varsity team hosts Seaquam Seahawks Saturday (Nov. 22) at Merle Logan Field.

The Seaquam Seahawks will be the next hurdle in the John Barsby Bulldogs’ road toward back-to-back AA varsity football championships.

The Bulldogs host the Seahawks at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 22) at Merle Logan Field and according to Rob Stevenson, Barsby head coach, his team will have to stay sharp throughout the game.

“I saw them play [Nanaimo District Secondary School] early this year. They surely have some size, a very good quarterback, a couple of very speedy receivers, so we’re going to have to be sound fundamentally and have integrity with our scheme. We can’t get lazy against this team,” Stevenson said.

Quarterback North Rainey said that the Bulldogs’ defence will have to contend with the Seahawks’ spread offense and on the offensive side of the ball. If they can grind it out on the ground, things should go John Barsby’s way.

“I think if we run the ball and just do what we do every week in and out, we should handle them very well,” said Rainey.

The Bulldogs defeated the Prince George Polars 41-0 last Saturday in their playoff opener and came away no worse for the wear.

“We’re coming out of this healthy,” said Stevenson after the Prince George win. “We’ve got some guys that definitely need their tape but everybody’s walking off the football field and that’s good. That’s always a plus in the post-season.”

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