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Bulldogs score nine TDs in victory

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Bulldogs score nine TDs in victory

by Don Bodger – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
posted Sep 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Bulldogs' constant offensive threat Kain Melchior gets a brief break on the sidelines during a game at McAdam Park last season. — image credit: Don Bodger/file

Bulldogs’ constant offensive threat Kain Melchior gets a brief break on the sidelines during a game at McAdam Park last season.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

Cowichan Bulldogs dismantled the Richmond Raiders 59-14 Sunday at Minoru Stadium for their second win in three road games to open the Vancouver Mainland Football League’s Midget division season.

“They’re a brand new team,’’ said Bulldogs’ head coach Doug (Opie) Williams. “They have a lot of 16- and 17-year-olds.’’

Richmond did not have a team in the league last season and Cowichan took full advantage of the inexperience to score early and often.

Cowichan’s roster wasn’t stretched quite as thin as the previous two weeks with the addition and availability of more players.

“Just having the extra bodies makes a difference,’’ said Williams. “Guys didn’t have to go both ways.’’

Cowichan led 33-0 at the half before Williams made wholesale changes to the lineup.

The first touchdown came on a five-yard pass from Kain Melchior to Garion Ferguson, with Darian Slater converting.

Melchior then ran a punt back 48 yards for a TD, Eric (Wheels) Williams romped 43 yards to paydirt and Ferguson set up the next TD by Williams on a 30-yard run with a pick. All were converted.

Braemon Conville took a 12-yard pass from Melchior and ran the remaining 28 to the end zone for Cowichan’s last TD of the half.

Conville went in at quarterback for the second half and Brandon St. Clair switched from linebacker to tailback among numerous other moves.

The Bulldogs clearly lost a bit of momentum in the process, but it didn’t matter. “I still tried to get them to keep going full speed,’’ said Williams.

But the changes obviously benefited the Raiders and they scored two TDs late in the game.

Additional Cowichan TDs came on a St. Clair fumble recovery after Andrew Ketola made a great tackle to force the fumble, a 15-yard pass from Conville to Melchior and two more runs by St. Clair, with one following a huge catch by Jonas Joseph.

Cowichan made one more extra point in the second half to round out the offense.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a trip to Langley Sunday to take on the Stampeders. Opie Williams expects the Stampeders, North Surrey and Chilliwack to be the top contenders in the league this season.

Chilliwack Giants are the Bulldogs’ opponents when they finally play a home game on Sunday, Sept. 28. Kickoff at McAdam Park will be at 2:30 p.m.