Cowichan Valley Football Association

Frustration hits players

by  Don Bodger – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

posted Oct 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM

34142cowichanA26Oct1714wraparoundSome games you just have to forget about and move on.

The Cowichan Bulldogs endured one of those Sunday at McAdam Park in a 19-0 Vancouver Mainland Football League Midget division loss to the North Delta Longhorns.

Nothing went right for the Bulldogs. They had a touchdown called back on a penalty, numerous players injured that left only a couple of healthy bodies on the bench at the end and a second half marred by constant delays from discussions about penalty calls.

“The first half we were OK and the second half there was some of those questionable calls and we just didn’t seem to get any flow going,’’ said Bulldogs’  head coach Doug Williams.

“That was a frustrating game for me. We just weren’t able to move the ball and if you can’t score, you can’t win.’’

Most of the wounded are expected back for Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. meeting with the Coquitlam Falcons at McAdam Park. Lineman Travis McDonald’s torn miniscus injury appears to be the most serious.

“That one’s really going to hurt,’’ said Williams. “He could be two weeks or he could be (out for) the season. If he doesn’t need surgery, it’ll be two weeks.’’

The Bulldogs were feeling good heading into the game after beating the Nanaimo Redmen 13-7 the previous weekend at home.

Nanaimo tallied two field goals and a single — all in the first half — as the Cowichan defence didn’t relinquish a touchdown. Eric Williams made a great run for the first Cowichan TD.

The final scoring play came on a third-down and short at the Nanaimo goal line. Kain Melchior was stopped short for a moment on a quarterback sneak, but a great second effort by Brendan Lynch and the rest of the offensive line led to the score.