DAWGS IN THE NEWS
Bulldogs' vicious bite sends Condors crashing
Walter Cordery, Daily News
Published: Tuesday, September 07, 2010
The John Barsby Bulldogs not only took a bite out of the Duchess Park Condors Saturday, they mauled the Prince George visitors 77-6 in front of about 200 fans surrounding the Canem Cage at John Barsby Secondary.
It was the opening game of the season for the Nanaimo team, ranked No. 6 in the British Columbia High School Football Association's list of AA teams.
The Dawgs defence, sparked by the inspiring performance of defensive tackle Zach Amstutz grounded the Condors aerial attack, forcing a number of turnovers. Amstutz was one of a number of Barsby players who played on both offence and defence.
Barsby didn't know what kind of game the team from PG would give them, as the Condors had a number of returning players on their roster. However, Barsby scored early and often taking a 58-6 lead into halftime.
That was not enough to comfort head coach Rob Stevenson. He told his players at halftime that as far as he was concerned the second half was an entirely new ball game and "the score is 0-0."
Barsby QB Patrick Doyle avoided turnovers and was seen throwing a few blocks for massive running back Jordan Kuziek and others. Doyle also patrols the defence as a strong safety. He connected on long throws for touchdowns to Nathan Berg and Tim Hampson but it was the Barsby offensive line that dominated the game, opening up gaping holes for any of the running backs Stevenson platooned into game. "I think our O-line is the strongest I've seen in at least 10 years," said Stevenson following the game. He was "pretty pleased" with the result. "For coming into this game after a full week of practices, I thought we played OK but not without a few mistakes, which we will get ironed out."
The varsity team's next opponent is the Okanagan Mission Huskies, who will be lining up against the Dawgs on Saturday at noon at John Barsby Secondary's newly christened Canem Cage.
The junior varsity Bulldogs drew hated rival and last year's No. 1-rated team Victoria's Mt. Douglas Rams as their first opponent of their season. The kickoff for that encounter is set for 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Barsby.
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