Dillon Wilson (63) follows a block by Davin Reithaug through the Southside Dawgs’ defensive line during Cowichan’s Island semifinal win in Ladysmith last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Junior bantam Bulldogs storm past Southside in semifinal

Cowichan qualifies for provincials, will play Victoria for Island title

The junior bantam Cowichan Bulldogs punched their tickets for both the Island and provincial football championships with a 46-0 thrashing of the Southside Dawgs in Ladysmith last Saturday.

The Bulldogs set the tone for the game on their first drive, which ended with big Dillon Wilson pounding his way into the end zone for a touchdown. Cowichan methodically and consistently kept the Southside offence on the sidelines for the rest of the afternoon.

“We knew that we could outright beat this team,” Cowichan coach Ted Harris said. “We really have been on the top of our game and probably the best team in our league. We have so much depth at each position and some very skilled and powerful athletes.”

Wilson and Davin Reithaug both finished the day with three touchdowns, while Nico Harris also scored and kicked three converts. The same three players were also pillars of the Cowichan defence, all three contributing strong performances and big tackles at key moments. Ryder Maertz had a great game at defensive back, picking off one Southside pass and knocking down another, and first-year player Mason Martindale also contributed some timely tackles.

The Bulldogs will head back to Ladysmith’s Forrest Field this Saturday to face the Victoria Renegades for the Island title. Both teams have already qualified for the provincial nine-man championships in Kamloops on Nov. 17.

“We are exactly where we want to be at this point in the season,” coach Harris said. “We are strong, skilled, healthy and at the top of our game. This weekend’s final is going to be a barn burner — the two best teams in the league battling for the championship.”

The bantam Bulldogs were scheduled to play the Victoria Spartans last Sunday, but the Spartans were unable to field a team. Cowichan will visit Comox on Saturday to play the Raiders for the Island bantam championship.

Just Posted

Caps bow out after back-to-back overtime losses

Wenatchee Wild eliminate Cowichan from playoffs

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford constituents on board with national clean energy plan

Energy systems in Canada are currently responsible for 80 per cent of the country’s GHGs

Roundabout plans at River Road in Chemainus moving forward

Land issues still being resolved before details revealed to the public

VIDEO: Buckman Coe, Tonye stun audience with great show at Duncan Showroom

Emotional performances, great music lift Thursday night audience

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Inspirational Vancouver Island youngster dies after battle with brain cancer

Kaiden Finley ‘was seriously the strongest 11-year-old’

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

Most Read