By John DeCoste
After a pair of frustrating losses to begin the season, the Valley Atom Bulldogs won their second straight game and squared off their season record at 2-2 Sept. 28.
The Atoms had a definitive 22-7 win over the Dartmouth Destroyers White squad in Dartmouth.
According to head coach Rob Suffron, the Bulldogs’ offence was led by “the Three Amigos” – Owen MacRae, Nick Hamilton and Mat Cote - each of whom scored a touchdown.
Malcolm Sweet “ran the football hard and tough,” and Dartmouth had no answer for his power running.
Defensively, as had been the case the previous week, the Bulldogs were once again “dominant,” limiting Dartmouth to just one major score. Riley Comeau and Cameron Oickle had key interceptions, “stopping Dartmouth on key drives.”
Peewees lose at home
The Peewees suffered their first loss of the season on their home field.
The Peewees fell 8-6 to a strong Dartmouth team in a defensive struggle. Despite controlling the time of possession and totaling more than 300 yards in offence, the Bulldogs were unable to translate their field position into points on the scoreboard.
On two consecutive drives in the fourth quarter, the Dartmouth defence turned the ball over on downs deep in their own territory, denying Valley even a single point.
The lone Dartmouth touchdown came on a 110-yard interception return with the Bulldogs once again inside the 10-yard line and poised to score.
Micah McDowell had the Bulldogs’ touchdown on a 59-yard pass reception from quarterback Alex Hayes, who completed 10 of 17 passes for 167 yards and also rushed for 80 yards. McDowell finished with seven receptions for 125 yards.
“We dominated, but they came out on top,” said head coach Kevin Hayes.
Bantams end winning streak
According to head coach Reg Ogilvie, the Bulldogs “were dominated in all three facets of the game” – offence, defence and special teams.
Timberlea, he acknowledged, “played a great game,” and the Bulldogs “were unable to match their intensity or physicality at any point in the game.”
The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Bantam Bulldogs, the defending Tier 1 provincial champions, stretching back to the start of the 2012 season.