Cowichan Valley Football Association

Big play boosts offense to victory over Coquitlam

by  Don Bodger – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

posted Oct 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Pat on the head of Darrel Gelera for a job well done isn’t the intention of Cowichan’s Eric (Wheels) Williams. — image credit: Don Bodger

Pat on the head of Darrel Gelera for a job well done isn’t the intention of Cowichan’s Eric (Wheels) Williams.
— image credit: Don Bodger

The game could have been wrapped up a couple of times. It also could have gone against them after some costly turnovers.

In either case, the main thing is the Cowichan Bulldogs managed to post an important 14-7 Vancouver Mainland Football League Midget division victory Sunday at McAdam Park over the visiting Coquitlam Falcons.

“It was a big win,’’ said Cowichan quarterback Kain Melchior. “They beat some guys we’ve lost to.’’

The loss was just the third in eight games this season for the Falcons while the Bulldogs got back to the .500 mark at 4-4. The teams were very evenly-matched in most regards, both in terms of making great plays and also some not-so-great blunders.

The Bulldogs got on the board first with an Eric (Wheels) Williams touchdown but Coquitlam tied it with a TD run up the middle after succeeding earlier on a fake third-down field goal attempt to keep the drive alive.

The Bulldogs had all sorts of problems with the Falcons successfully completing short kickoffs and up-and-under punts that caused some confusion and allowed them to recover fumbles.

Cowichan’s money play came in the second half and ultimately decided the issue. Melchior pitched out to Williams, who in turn planted his feet and hit Eddy Walt with a long touchdown pass. Melchior kicked the extra point.

Both teams got deep into the red zone after that throughout the second half, but couldn’t convert.

The Bulldogs made it all the way down to the one-yard line on one occasion, but got backed up to the 36 a few plays later after penalties and a fumble.

The Cowichan defence also came up strong on a couple of goal line stands, refusing to buckle with the Falcons getting three cracks from close range. Andrew Ketola led the way with some superb tackles with the end zone in sight for Coquitlam.

The Falcons eventually turned the ball over on downs and the Bulldogs got themselves out of trouble.

The Bulldogs escaped bad field position late in the game when Melchior rambled through the Falcons’ defence, only to be brought down after he ran out of gas.

The Bulldogs tried a field goal in the last minute to ice the game, but it was blocked. One last desperation play by the Falcons didn’t work and time ran out to the relief of the Bulldogs, who were coming off a frustrating 19-0 loss to North Delta the week before.

“We executed a lot better,’’ said Melchior as the difference in the two games. “Our offense, we did what we were good at.’’

“It shows the boys we can play against the higher level teams,’’ said Bulldogs’ head coach Opie Williams. “It gives us a better standing position.’’

Williams felt pre-game preparations were a factor in the outcome.

“I was able to get film on them,’’ he said. “Having film makes a huge difference. We were able to see what they came with and make adjustments on game day.

“They stayed positive throughout the whole game, even when we got into trouble.

“The biggest thing that helped us this game over the last game, the offense was able to move the ball.’’

“I get the final say in what we do,’’ explained Melchior. “I control the offense. It’s a lot of responsibility.’’

The Bulldogs are glad to have the bye next weekend so some of their walking wounded can heal. The following week will be a big test for them, playing on the road against the 7-0 North Surrey Bears.

The Bears have scored 269 points and given up just 13.