Bantams need to win to stay in playoff race
By John DeCoste
A positive season continued for the Valley Bulldogs atom football Oct. 19 with a 20-0 victory over the Bedford-Sackville Saints in Canning.
The Bulldogs picked up their fourth straight win after opening the season with a pair of losses, helped by touchdowns from Nick Hamilton, Owen MacRae and Malcolm Sweet, who scored the first touchdown of his minor football career. The Valley defence once again dominated, limiting Bedford-Sackville to one first down and fewer than 20 yards of total offence. Garrett Eaton recorded a pair of quarterback sacks.
In their four most recent wins, the Bulldogs have allowed just seven points while scoring 98.
The peewee Bulldogs were also in action against the Halifax Argos Oct. 19, scoring a convincing 41-6 win on the road.
Quarterback Alex Hayes rushed for one touchdown, threw scoring passes to Jack Hayes and Micah McDowell, and forced a rouge on defence. Jayden Simmonds also had a strong game, rushing for a pair of touchdowns.
Defensively, the “front seven”, made up of Ethan Sperling, Josh Cummins, Keegan Ward, Emma Banfield, Kyle Corbin, Logan Scott and Myles Sweet, took the spotlight with numerous tackles and sacks and interceptions by Sperling and Banfield.
“We were very pleased with the play of the entire team,” said head coach Kevin Hayes, who saw his team improve to 5-1 on the season with a second straight win.
The bantam Bulldogs, improved to 4-2 on the season with a 63-0 win over the South Shore Seahawks Oct. 19 in Canning. The victory was welcome for the bantams, who had lost two straight to Timberlea Titans and Halifax Argos after starting the season 3-0. Parker King, Tyler Corbin, Jordan Smith, Nathan Sangster and Kier Frank-Rodgers all had touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
According to head coach Reg Ogilvie, his team turned in “a strong performance” against a South Shore squad.
“We’ll have to win all our remaining games in order to make it to the Tier 1 playoffs” he said, and to have the chance to defend last year’s provincial title. The bantams’ two remaining regular season games were against Bedford and Dartmouth. Entering play Oct. 26 in Bedford, the Bulldogs, Dartmouth and Bedford were all tied in the standings.