The Barsby JV Bulldogs are slowly getting better.
They had a much improved defensive effort against crosstown rival NDSS on Wednesday at John Barsby Community School in B.C. Football action, beating the Islanders 8-6. The win was a big rebound effort after losing 20-0 to the Valleyview Vikings in their first game of the exhibition season last week.
"We're taking steps to improve, I thought the defence played much better this week," said Bulldogs head coach Matt Heinrichs. "We worked out all of the bugs that we needed to work out."
The biggest issue facing the Bulldogs right now is their offence. They have yet to produce any points through two exhibition games. Their lone score against NDSS was a 75-yard
kickoff return for a touchdown by Johnson Nguyen to open the second half. Justis MacKay-Topley then punched in a two-point conversion.
Beyond that, they had difficulty handling the NDSS defensive front and generating much offence.
"It's real tough getting the offence going this early, we've got a few returning players, but most of them are new to the systems," said Heinrichs. "As they start to catch their feet, you'll see the offence start catching up to the defence, which will be pretty neat in the couple of weeks.
Up next for Barsby is another home game against the Ballenas JV Whalers on Wednesday at 3 p.m. NDSS, meanwhile, is in Victoria on Thursday to play Belmont.
Barsby and NDSS will play each other again in the regular season opener on Oct. 2, this time at NDSS.
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