Cowichan Valley Football Association

Bulldogs set sights on fifth place after mauling by Bears

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by  Don Bodger – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

posted Nov 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Cowichan Bulldogs' quarterback Kain Melchior.— Image Credit: Don Bodger/File

Cowichan Bulldogs’ quarterback Kain Melchior.— Image Credit: Don Bodger/File

It’s always a long day for the Cowichan Bulldogs when they head to the Lower Mainland to play.

But Sunday’s trip by the Midget Bulldogs for a Vancouver Mainland Football League game against the North Surrey Bears became a whole lot longer when a scheduled 2:30 p.m. start turned into 4:15.

“We were over there way earlier than we needed to be,’’ said Cowichan coach Doug (Opie) Williams. “We actually went to the mall to kill some time.’’

The team left Duncan at 7 a.m., but Williams said he would have let the players sleep in and catch a later ferry if he knew the starting time was going to be so late.

The evening could have extended a whole lot later as well. But with the Bears in control of a sizeable lead that became an eventual 41-0 victory over the Bulldogs, “it went to straight time,’’ said Williams. “We ended the game a little early just because I wanted to catch the seven o’clock ferry, not the nine.’’

North Surrey went into the game with just one loss and Cowichan had only 20 players dressed, but Williams felt they were well-prepared.

“We knew what they were going to run,’’ he said. “I think we were just a little bit overwhelmed.’’

German exchange student Kite Schmidt provided a bright spot for the Bulldogs. Kain Melchior suffered a twisted ankle, forcing Braemon Conville in at quarterback for a while and injuries to Riley Caljouw and Eric Williams kept them out of action for a while.

The Bulldogs have a chance to move to 5-5 on the season with a win over the Cloverdale Bengals Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at McAdam Park. The Bengals are 1-8.

“We don’t know what to expect,’’ said Williams of the big game. “We’re going in there like they can play with us.’’

The Bulldogs can clinch fifth place with a win and if Nanaimo beats North Delta.