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Stampeders trample road weary Bulldogs

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Stampeders trample road weary Bulldogs

Doug (Opie) Williams will be looking forward to huddling with his coaching staff again for the first time this season on their home field at McAdam Park Sunday. — image credit: Don Bodger/file

Doug (Opie) Williams will be looking forward to huddling with his coaching staff again for the first time this season on their home field at McAdam Park Sunday.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

by Don Bodger – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
posted Sep 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM— updated Sep 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Four games in a row on the road to start the Vancouver Mainland Football League’s Midget division schedule has been cruel and unusual punishment for the Cowichan Bulldogs.

Game No. 4 and the third straight weekend trip to the Lower Mainland brought a 50-0 loss for the Bulldogs in Langley against the Stampeders. That evened their record at 2-2.

“They’re a good team,” said Cowichan coach Doug (Opie) Williams. “We came out flat.”

It was 44-0 at halftime and “their only score in the second half came from an interception,” Williams pointed out.

The game may have been long over at the intermission but Cowichan never gave up. “They came out with pride,” said Williams.

Getting up early and going on the road again just proved to be too much.

“It was hot,” said Williams. “Again, we had some injuries. We weren’t ready to play.”

Tyler Hudson and Justin Young played both ways almost the entire game. “I can’t win football games if I’ve got them playing both ways,” said Williams.

Mitch Hinton stepped up and played a valuable leadership role under the difficult circumstances.

The Bulldogs will finally play at home for the first time this season at McAdam Park Sunday, starting at 2:30 p.m. against the Chilliwack Giants.