NDSS Islanders receiver Tyus Barfoot

High school football teams grind away

The Nanaimo District Secondary School Islanders earned their first league win Friday at Merle Logan Field.

Nanaimo’s varsity football programs are in the thick of things after one team won and one lost last week.

The Nanaimo District Secondary School Islanders earned their first league win Friday at Merle Logan Field, a 34-6 thumping of the Sentinel Spartans.

The turning point came with zero seconds left in the first half, when Tyus Barfoot caught a 30-yard pass, then lateralled to teammate Malik Besseghieur who ran another 30 yards to the endzone.

“Something changed with that play and the Islanders went out with determination to drive this thing through,” said Nate Stevenson, NDSS coach, in a press release. “I was very excited to see that style of ND edge in the second half.”

Besseghieur scored four TDs and Dayton Howard also scored a TD. Quarterback Cole McGarvey threw three TD passes.

Defensively, Jeremy Binnersley had two sacks and an interception and Ben Barrera had seven tackles and a sack.

Later that night at Merle Logan Field, the Barsby Bulldogs suffered their first league loss, 13-12 to the Argyle Pipers.

GAME ON … The Isles play an exhibition on the road against the Mission Roadrunners on Friday (Oct. 24) while the ’Dawgs visit the Windsor Dukes that day in league play.

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