Junior varsity teams collide

The Kocher Classic is about to kick off. The annual neighbourhood rivalry game between the John Barsby Bulldogs and the Nanaimo District Islanders didn’t fit into the AA varsity schedule, but the junior varsity programs from the two teams are going to crash into each other tomorrow (Oct. 5).

The Kocher Classic is about to kick off. The annual neighbourhood rivalry game between the John Barsby Bulldogs and the Nanaimo District Islanders didn’t fit into the AA varsity schedule, but the junior varsity programs from the two teams are going to crash into each other tomorrow (Oct. 5).

Barsby and NDSS’s juniors play at 3 p.m. at John Barsby Community Secondary School’s Canem Field.

The AA varsity ’Dawgs, meanwhile, closed out their pre-season with a 48-0 shutout over Edward Milne on Friday at Merle Logan Field. Nathan Berg had two touchdown runs, a 66-yard punt-return TD and two interceptions on defence. Coach Rob Stevenson said in a press release that the offensive line had a stellar game.

The Nanaimo District Islanders Tier 2 varsity football team also had a strong end to the pre-season, pounding the Isfeld Ice so hard that the Courtenay team was unable to finish the 42-0 game.

Barsby’s AA varsity team opens its season Friday (Oct. 7) against the Ballenas Whalers at 1:45 p.m. at Canem Field while the Nanaimo District Islanders Tier 2 varsity team is also at home that same day, facing the Argyle Pipers at 1:45 p.m. at NDSS field.