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Peewee Valley Bulldogs win provincial Tier 1 football title

The Valley peewee Bulldogs completed a perfect 10-0 season in which they outscored their opponents 341-30.
The Valley peewee Bulldogs completed a perfect 10-0 season in which they outscored their opponents 341-30.

WOLFVILLE - For the second year in a row, the Valley peewee Bulldogs are celebrating a provincial championship.

Last year, it was the Football Nova Scotia Tier 2 title. This time around, the Bulldogs did themselves one better, taking the Tier 1 championship with a 51-0 victory over Timberlea, the defending Tier 1 champs, Nov. 15 in Wolfville.

The decisive win capped a perfect 10-0 season for the Bulldogs, which, according to head coach Rob Suffron, “has to be considered one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory.”

The Bulldogs won their regular season games 22-0 over Truro, 48-6 over South Shore, 19-0 over Timberlea, 37-6 over Halifax, 19-12 over Dartmouth, 62-6 over Fall River, a 6-0 forfeit over Cape Breton and 66-0 over Bedford-Sackville.

They then qualified for the final with an 11-0 semifinal win over Dartmouth.

Overall, the Bulldogs put 341 points on the board over their 10 games, while the defence allowed just 30 points all season – an average of three points per game.

Most impressively, Suffron said, the Bulldogs “did not allow any team to score a special teams point on them all year” - no extra points, field goals or special teams touchdowns - “which is impressive.”

In the final, Owen MacRae, Matt Cote, Caleb Donnellan and Elias Jones had offensive touchdowns. Riley Comeau and Liam Sarsfield had defensive touchdowns.

MacRae converted all the touchdowns, and added a field goal to round out the scoring.

MacRae was named the game’s Offensive MVP, and Comeau the Defensive MVP.

The peewees now join the atom and bantam Bulldogs in winning provincial Tier 1 championships for Valley Minor Football.

The bantams won the Tier 1 provincials in 2008, then went on to win the Maritime championship as well. The atoms won the Tier 1 provincials in 2011.

The 2015 bantam Bulldogs, meanwhile, will host the Bedford-Sackville Saints in the Tier 2 provincial final Nov. 21 at Acadia after a 36-7 win over South Shore Nov. 15 in Canning. South Shore scored on its first possession and didn't score again. 

Scoring for the Bulldogs were Jayden Simmonds and Micah McDowell with two touchdowns apiece. Sami Whidden scored a touchdown and Simmonds completed a two-point convert to McDowell.

Defensively, the Bulldogs had four interceptions, two by Jaydon King and one each by McDowell and Brennan Foote. Titus Lehtonen had an excellent game overall.

Game time Nov. 21 at Acadia is 4:30 p.m.

The atom Bulldogs were not as fortunate, falling short in their Tier 1 semifinal against the South Shore Seahawks by a 9-0 score, bringing their season to an end.

Last year, it was the Football Nova Scotia Tier 2 title. This time around, the Bulldogs did themselves one better, taking the Tier 1 championship with a 51-0 victory over Timberlea, the defending Tier 1 champs, Nov. 15 in Wolfville.

The decisive win capped a perfect 10-0 season for the Bulldogs, which, according to head coach Rob Suffron, “has to be considered one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory.”

The Bulldogs won their regular season games 22-0 over Truro, 48-6 over South Shore, 19-0 over Timberlea, 37-6 over Halifax, 19-12 over Dartmouth, 62-6 over Fall River, a 6-0 forfeit over Cape Breton and 66-0 over Bedford-Sackville.

They then qualified for the final with an 11-0 semifinal win over Dartmouth.

Overall, the Bulldogs put 341 points on the board over their 10 games, while the defence allowed just 30 points all season – an average of three points per game.

Most impressively, Suffron said, the Bulldogs “did not allow any team to score a special teams point on them all year” - no extra points, field goals or special teams touchdowns - “which is impressive.”

In the final, Owen MacRae, Matt Cote, Caleb Donnellan and Elias Jones had offensive touchdowns. Riley Comeau and Liam Sarsfield had defensive touchdowns.

MacRae converted all the touchdowns, and added a field goal to round out the scoring.

MacRae was named the game’s Offensive MVP, and Comeau the Defensive MVP.

The peewees now join the atom and bantam Bulldogs in winning provincial Tier 1 championships for Valley Minor Football.

The bantams won the Tier 1 provincials in 2008, then went on to win the Maritime championship as well. The atoms won the Tier 1 provincials in 2011.

The 2015 bantam Bulldogs, meanwhile, will host the Bedford-Sackville Saints in the Tier 2 provincial final Nov. 21 at Acadia after a 36-7 win over South Shore Nov. 15 in Canning. South Shore scored on its first possession and didn't score again. 

Scoring for the Bulldogs were Jayden Simmonds and Micah McDowell with two touchdowns apiece. Sami Whidden scored a touchdown and Simmonds completed a two-point convert to McDowell.

Defensively, the Bulldogs had four interceptions, two by Jaydon King and one each by McDowell and Brennan Foote. Titus Lehtonen had an excellent game overall.

Game time Nov. 21 at Acadia is 4:30 p.m.

The atom Bulldogs were not as fortunate, falling short in their Tier 1 semifinal against the South Shore Seahawks by a 9-0 score, bringing their season to an end.

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