The John Barsby Bulldogs won a battle of the perfect records in convincing fashion on Friday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (5-0-0) handed the Carson Graham Eagles (4-1-0) their first loss of the season in the form of a 21-0 shutout in AA Varsity high school football play at Merle Logan Field on Friday.
The win gave Barsby first place atop the Western AA Conference standings and snapped the Eagles' four-game win streak.
Offensive linebacker Brandon Parker had two touchdowns on the rush for Barsby.
Runningback Kyle Vollett had the go-ahead trip to the endzone when he ran down an interception for 44 yards to give Barsby its first points of the day.
While a shutout against an undefeated conference rival to take first-place will undoubtedly send a strong message to the rest of the province, head coach Rob Stevenson said the team will continue to take things one day at a time.
But in terms of defence, Stevenson admitted that if any message was fired across the bow of the AA Varsity standings, it's that "we're kevlar.
"It wasn't a perfect game; it was good enough to win," he said. "Defensively, it was as close to perfect as you can get, though."
In front of the ball, Duc Truong had a fumble return and an interception for Barsby. Shawn Arabsky and Cole Virtanen had six tackles each to lead the Bulldogs.
Much planning went into preparations for Friday's bout against the Eagles. The coaching staff's message to the team: prepare to face your mirror image.
While the defensive effort was the story of the day, it was far from easy for the Bulldogs. As the saying goes, 'more sweat on the training field, less blood on the battlefield.' "That was a very tough football team over there with no quit, well coached," said Stevenson. "They hit right to the end."
Vollett said the celebratory mood would be shortlived as Barsby looks forward to its next game against the Nanaimo District Secondary School Islanders on Friday's Ray Kocher Classic.
He said one aspect of the Barsby game that needs work will be the avoidance of penalties.
Kickoff for the Nov. 1 Ray Kocher Classic is 1:45 p.m.
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