The Barsby Bulldogs are already in mid-season form following their first exhibition game of the B.C. High School Football season.
The Bulldogs travelled to Prince George and waxed the Duchess Park Condors 81-0 on Saturday, as they unveiled a new, balanced offence.
North Rainey had a big game for the Bulldogs, throwing 8-for-11 for 113 yards, and a touchdown while running twice for 24 yards and a touchdown. Then on the other side of the ball he added an interception and a sack.
Brandon Parker led the Barsby ground game with 141 yards and two touchdowns on five carries while Tyler Harvey had 125 yards and three touchdowns on eight touches. Kalven Kellock had 84 yards on three catches for two scores. The Bulldogs other quarterback Brody Taylor finished 5-for-8 for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs were, quite literally, unstoppable, as they put up a school record for points.
"We played error-free ball for the most part," said head coach Rob Stevenson. "Defensively we really shut them down, special teams we scored twice on and set up a couple of other scores. We just got rolling, and when the dust settled we had been incredibly efficient, we scored every time we got the ball."
Even the special teams unit got in the action as Kyle Vollett returned the opening kickoff for the second half 87 yards for a touchdown and Cole Vertanen returned a third-quarter punt 70 yards for another major.
Vollett also added a touchdown on the ground and another through the air.
The Bulldogs opened with a bang as Taylor hit Kellock for a 44-yard touchdown pass. Rainey capped their next drive with a four-yard touchdown run and Harvey made it 21-0 with a two-yard run on their next drive. Barsby finished the first half with three more touchdowns, first a 51-yard run by Parker, then a 45-yard screen pass to Vollett and they went into the locker room on a three-yard rush by Harvey.
The Bulldogs finished with 622 yards of offence But things will get a lot more difficult this weekend for Barsby when they head to Surrey to play the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers on Friday, who are supposed to be one of the better AAA Varsity teams this year.
Stevenson says that despite all of there success in their first game, there are still things they need to work on to get better.
"We've got to work on getting rid of the football and the timing of our passes, particularly on our bootlegs," he said. "And I would say our pass coverage could still use some work."
Vertanen had the Bulldogs' other interception and led the team, along with Trentyn Anderson in tackles with six. Matt Hill added another sack for the defence.
Mission Roadrunners 41, NDSS Islanders 7 It was a rough first game for the shorthanded Nanaimo Islanders on Friday, after they lost 41-7 on the road to the Mission Roadrunners in AA Varsity action. Jeremie Cheng led the Islanders with 102 yards and their only score on a 48-yard run in the third quarter. Brennan Mattes led NDSS with 10 tackles while Cheng had six tackles and two fumble recoveries.
The Islanders play the Timberline Wolves in exhibition action on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Campbell River NDSS head coach Nate Stevenson is still confident about his team's chances this year despite the big loss to one of the best teams in B.C. "I am excited about this team, the players played every down and never showed their backs for the full four quarters," he said in an email. "With that determination, we will definitely get better."
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