Barsby Bulldogs player Mason Scott

Islanders shut out Bulldogs 23-0 in B.C. championship

The NDSS Islanders shut out the Barsby Bulldogs by a 23-0 score on Saturday in the AA junior varsity Subway Bowl title game.



Playing for the first time in B.C. Place, the Nanaimo District Islanders were pretty much perfect, and became B.C. champions.

NDSS shut out the Barsby Bulldogs by a 23-0 score on Saturday in the AA junior varsity Subway Bowl title game.

“We definitely proved something,” said Finn Bradbrooke, NDSS quarterback and game MVP. “It felt amazing. Everyone’s feeling amazing.”

Clayton Hennessy, chosen the game’s best back, said he “couldn’t even process it” when time expired and his NDSS Islanders were champions.

“We came so far. We were the underdogs and we came out on top, beat Barsby. It’s something special.”

Hennessy said the Islanders played amazing and said he told his teammates to go 100 per cent every play.

“And they just did their job, they focused; I believed in them and they believed in each other,” he said. “What an opportunity. Once in a lifetime.”

The Islanders set a tone early, recovering a fumble on the Bulldogs’ first possession and although neither team scored in the first quarter, the Isles began to take control of field possession.

Anthony Comas opened the scoring nine minutes into the second quarter on a six-yard touchdown run and Bradbrooke added a 22-yard field goal to make it 10-0 at halftime.

There was no scoring in the third quarter, and midway through the fourth quarter, ND’s Liam Colbourne intercepted a pass that helped set up a four-yard TD run by Bradbrooke. Two minutes later, Hennessy came up with an interception and returned it 60 yards down the near sideline for a TD that closed out the scoring.

Special teams were a major factor in the game as the Islanders punted effectively and the ’Dawgs had problems on punt returns. It helped ensure that most of the play was in the Barsby end of the field; the Bulldogs didn’t reach the red zone until there were only two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

“[From the] first play, we were going as hard as we can. The intensity was up and we just pushed them back, pushed them back and they kind of fell over once we leaned on them,” Bradbrooke said.

Nate Stevenson, NDSS coach, said he was “truly shocked” to win 23-0, and said his team’s game-planning worked. The mindset was that two-yard runs were OK, three-yard runs were good and four-yard runs were great.

“It was a team game today and every kid had a role and every kid was hustling,” the coach said.

Rob Stevenson, Barsby coach, said his team didn’t play well enough to win, but showed no lack of effort.

“All credit to Nanaimo District; they had a fabulous game plan. It felt like they stuck a lid overtop of us and we couldn’t breathe on offence,” he said. “Quite frankly, Barsby’s used to going out there and dictating a physical pace of these football games and this game it was all we could handle. I think they matched us blow-for-blow and carried the day.”

Nate Stevenson said there were a range of emotions when time expired in the fourth quarter.

“I was happy for our guys, I was a bit sad for the Bulldogs, you see the faces and they tried so hard and my friends over there that are coaches,” he said. “I’m so happy for our school and for [this] team and for south-end Nanaimo.”

In addition to Bradbrooke’s MVP honours and Hennessy’s best back award, the Islanders’ Jake McGonigle was chosen best lineman. Carson Bullen had two sacks and six tackles and Bradbrooke recovered a fumble and had a game-high 11 tackles. Comas led Nanaimo with 67 rushing yards and Kyle Lindsay added 60 rush yards.

For Barsby, Zach Taylor made nine tackles and A.J. Maher had seven.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Make your house a home at Nanaimo spring home expo

Building renovation and decor show taking place at Beban Park till Feb. 23

‘Frankenstein’ to be adapted as silent film made in real time at Port Theatre

Production merges stories of author Mary Shelley and character Victor Frankenstein

City of Nanaimo mulling sponsorship policy

Finance and audit committee recommends approving plan to create policy around facility naming rights

Nanaimo Art Gallery requesting $200,000 to upgrade its downtown space

Councillors supportive of NAG’s plans, but no decision made on increasing financial assistance

No credible threat found during high school lockdown, say Nanaimo RCMP

Police won’t say if lockdown at Dover Bay Secondary was related to one at the school last fall

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of turning newspapers into digital archives

Kelowna Capital News donated materials dating from 1980 to 2000

Council approves two retail cannabis stores for Ladysmith

Their applications are now in the hands of the provincial government

Court awards Nanaimo woman $300,000 after crash exacerbates her fibromyalgia

Judgment follows 2015 motor vehicle accident on Turner Road

Affordable seniors housing complex pitched for Nanaimo’s hospital district

Seafield Crescent complex would include two five-storey buildings

Exclusive: Pamela Anderson talks plans for waterfront Ladysmith property after 12-day marriage

Anderson says she can pay her own bills. Peters denies making comments suggesting she can’t

Suspect steals seaplane, crashes into another in Vancouver habour

Police responded to the incident at 3:30 a.m. on Friday

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

Most Read