Redmen find offensive punch

The Nanaimo Redmen defeated the Cowichan Bulldogs on Sunday in a 47-0 thrashing in Duncan.

It’s hard to believe the Nanaimo Redmen were ever struggling offensively. The city’s Vancouver Mainland Football League team put the boots to the Cowichan Bulldogs on Sunday in a 47-0 thrashing in Duncan.

The blowout might have been even more lopsided if the Redmen hadn’t eased up after building a 41-0 halftime lead.

Nanaimo’s midgets got it done with their ground game, getting three rushing touchdowns from Alex Kutra, two from Kalden Keen and one from Kyle Davies. Also finding the endzone was Jaxxen Wylie, who returned a punt 65 yards for his fourth return TD of the season.

The defence set the tone for the day when Trent Wright intercepted a pass on Cowichan’s first offensive play, and his teammates came up big with several sacks and tackles for a loss over the course of the shutout.

Nanaimo’s depth players all got significant minutes and showed well.

“All the backups did a great job of maintaining the momentum in the second half and preserving the shutout,” said Sean Roden, Redmen coach, in a press release.

GAME ON … The next game for the Redmen (5-2) is Sunday (Oct. 23) when the Vancouver Trojans  (2-5) visit May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park for a 1 p.m. kickoff. It’s the last chance to watch the red team at home until playoffs, as the last two regular-season games will be on the road.