Cowichan Valley Football Association

Football playoff not memorable

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by  Don Bodger – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

posted Nov 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Bulldogs’ coach Doug (Opie) Williams saw his team struggle like never before all season.— Image Credit: Don Bodger/File

Bulldogs’ coach Doug (Opie) Williams saw his team struggle like never before all season.— Image Credit: Don Bodger/File

It’s not quite the Cinderella end to the season the Cowichan Bulldogs were anticipating.

The Midget division squad headed to Coquitlam for a Vancouver Mainland Football League quarterfinal playoff Sunday and were muzzled 31-0 by the host Falcons.

“We did not have a good game,’’ said Cowichan coach Doug (Opie) Williams.

The Bulldogs expected better after beating the Falcons 14-7 earlier in the season in Duncan. But it was a different story on the Lower Mainland.

The Falcons went up 7-0 and then the Bulldogs missed a glorious chance to tie it. A wide-open receiver dropped a pass that would have been a sure touchdown and, on the ensuing punt, the Falcons returned it the other way for a TD.

So instead of being 7-7, it was 14-0 for Coquitlam.

“That was basically the big momentum shift,’’ said Williams.

The Bulldogs just had one of those days where nothing went right, turning the ball over five times and misfiring on all elements of their game.

The Falcons padded their lead to 21-0 at the half and coasted from there to victory.

“We had some injuries,’’ said Williams, who had 21 guys on the trip. “A lot of guys were playing two ways, not that that’s not normal.

“We just couldn’t get the ball moving on offence.’’

And the defence tired from excess time on the field.