Neighbour high schools collide in classic

The John Barsby Bulldogs and the Nanaimo District Islanders play this Friday (Oct. 10) in AA varsity action.

Barsby Bulldogs quarterback North Rainey lines up behind centre during a game earlier this season at Merle Logan Field.

Barsby Bulldogs quarterback North Rainey lines up behind centre during a game earlier this season at Merle Logan Field.

On Thanksgiving weekend, high school football fans get a second helping of the Kocher Classic.

The John Barsby Bulldogs and the Nanaimo District Islanders play this Friday (Oct. 10) in AA varsity action.

The neighbouring programs already played once this year, an exhibition game last month that the ’Dawgs won by a 32-0 score.

“It’s a lot of fun because they’re our neighbours, they’re right across the street, we all know each other, we all hang out, play throw-around football every once in a while,” said North Rainey, Bulldogs quarterback. “But when we get on the field, it’s business.”

The schedule-makers are upping the excitement this week with a Friday-night-lights game at Merle Logan Field.

“We’re looking for a big crowd from both schools,” said Rob Stevenson, Barsby coach. “They’ve got some pretty exceptional athletes over there, as well … there’s going to be some big plays going both ways.”

GAME ON … The Kocher Classic between the Barsby Bulldogs and Nanaimo District Islanders will be played Friday (Oct. 10) at 7 p.m. at Merle Logan Field. Admission is free.

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