Junior varsity football teams have playoff hopes

The Barsby Bulldogs and NDSS Islanders junior teams both play B.C. quarterfinal playoff games Wednesday (Nov. 16).

The junior varsity Bulldogs went unbeaten in their conference, and now they’ll find out how they stack up against some other competition.

John Barsby Secondary School’s junior varsity football team kicks off the playoffs on Wednesday (Nov. 16) against the Langley Saints.

The junior ’Dawgs (6-0) received an automatic bye into the B.C. quarterfinals, whereas Langley (5-1) had to get past the Ballenas Whalers in last week’s first-round playoff game.

“The thing about Langley is they’ve got a big roster, well-coached, a very balanced offence, can throw and run, pick your poison,” said Rob Stevenson, Barsby coach. “Defensively they bring a lot of heat and you know they’re going to crowd the box against us, so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

Barsby expects to be ready after plenty of preparation.

“We had a good week of practice in the bye week and we’re looking forward to the game,” Stevenson said.

The Nanaimo District Islanders junior varsity team (5-2) beat Robert Bateman 27-8 in playoff action last weekend at Merle Logan Field and have also reached the B.C. quarterfinals.

GAME ON … The junior Bulldogs play the Saints on Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. at Merle Logan Field. The junior Islanders travel to the mainland Wednesday to take on the Seaquam Seahawks.

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