By John DeCoste
The Valley Peewee Bulldogs were clicking on all cylinders for a second straight week, improving to 2-0 on the season with a 47-12 win over South Shore Seahawks Sept. 13 in Canning as part of Minor Football Day in the Valley.
A strong performance from the offensive line (Dylan Clahane, Chris Caldwell, Andrew Van Luxemborg, Cole Munroe, Logan Scott, Kyle Corbin and Tanner Bent) gave quarterback Alex Hayes ample time to pass and opened up holes for the Valley running backs.
On defence, Logan Potter led the way with five tackles - three of them for a loss - and an interception. John Van Luxemborg added three tackles and an interception, while Josh Cummins had the game’s only sack.
Offensively, as was the case in a 38-0 win over Truro the previous week, the Bulldogs featured a fairly balanced attack, gaining 235 yards on the ground and 176 through the air.
Jayden Simmonds continued to excel running the ball, rushing for 150 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Logan Potter had the other rushing touchdown, on a 50-yard run.
Alex Hayes passed for 161 yards and three touchdowns, and Aiden Bradley had one completion for 15 yards.
The primary receiver was Jack Hayes with six catches for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Cole Potter also caught a touchdown pass.
Kaleb Winter and Alex Hayes rounded out the scoring with a pair of two-point conversions and a one-point conversion, respectively.
The Bantam Bulldogs, meanwhile, saw their first real action of the season - their opening win was by forfeit – in a game where they blanked Cape Breton 44-0.
The Bulldogs totally dominated all three facets of the game. The defence held Cape Breton to just two first downs, special teams were outstanding and the offence scored touchdowns on each of their first four possessions.
Keir Rodgers ended up scoring two touchdowns and Tyler Corbin, Tyrell Beals and Parker King had one each. Quarterback Connor Ross had a strong game, directing the offence for each of the four major scores.
Jacob Ogilvie added five extra points, a safety on another kick, ran for a two-point conversion and had an interception. Cameron Smith had a strong game playing on both the offensive and defensive line.
The Atom Bulldogs were not so fortunate in their game, drawing powerful Dartmouth Destroyers Black, the top team in the Atom division, and dropping a 24-0 decision.
In their opening game of the season, the Atoms lost 216-0 to Timberlea, the defending Tier 1 provincial champions and a strong squad again this season.