Bantam Bulldogs complete undefeated regular season

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Peewees finish at 6-2, atoms at 2-6

Michael Ogilvie of the Valley Bantam Bulldogs struggles for additional yardage in the grasp of a pair of Cape Breton defenders during minor football action Oct. 27 in Canning. The Bulldogs blanked Cape Breton 51-0 to improve to 7-0 on the season, then completed an undefeated regular season by winning their scheduled Nov. 3 game by forfeit. Ogilvie led the way offensively against Cape Breton with three touchdowns. John DeCoste

By John DeCoste

jdecoste@kingscountynews.ca

 

The Valley Bantam Bulldogs will finish the Nova Scotia Minor Football League regular season with an undefeated 8-0 record.

The Valley Minor Football Association received word Nov. 1 that Fall River had forfeited its final regular season game to the Bulldogs.

The result, which goes into the books as a 6-0 Valley win, allowed the Bulldogs to complete the regular season unbeaten, with 239 points scored and just 14 allowed.

In their most recent on-field action, the bantams improved to 7-0 with a 51-0 shutout of the Cape Breton Panthers Oct. 27 in Canning.

The Bulldogs’ Jon Main set the tone for the game, forcing a fumble on Cape Breton’s first play from scrimmage.

Michael Ogilvie led the way with three touchdowns, two on rushing plays and one of those on a lengthy (and impressive) run on which he broke several tackles en route to the end zone.

Ogilvie also scored on a touchdown pass from Connor Ross. Jon Main and Keir Frank-Rodgers also contributed touchdowns to the total.

The Bulldogs’ defence turned in its fourth shutout of the season, and both Luke Oulton and Jordan Smith had touchdowns on interceptions.

Smith’s interception was unusual in that he picked off a pass in the backfield and had an unimpeded path to the end zone.

On special teams, the Bulldogs continued their strong play, including a blocked punt.

The Peewee Bulldogs had a 39-6 win over Fall River Oct. 27 at Scotia Field in Cole Harbour. The Valley scoring came early and often, with Jayden Simmonds and quarterback Alex Hayes rushing for a pair of touchdowns apiece.

Hayes also completed a scoring pass to Jacob Craig for Craig’s first career touchdown. Kaleb Winter added four two-point convert kicks, and Hayes added a one-point convert on a missed kick as the peewees completed the regular season with a 6-2 record.

On defence, the Valley ‘front seven’ of Kyle Chappus (the leader of the defensive unit), Reese Huntley, Caleb Melanson, Alex Fraser, Mitchell Miller, Nigel Cornelius and John Van Luxemborg had a strong game, forcing (and recovering) numerous fumbles.

Linebacker Logan Potter and halfback Jack Hayes both had interceptions.

According to head coach Kevin Hayes, the coaching staff “was able to substitute at many positions, making us a deeper team.” At the same time, the Bulldogs “will still need to take it up a couple of notches” to win in the playoffs in a strong division.

The Atom Bulldogs completed a successful but frustrating 2012 season with an 8-6 loss to Dartmouth Black Destroyers, one of the strongest teams in the atom division.

The Bulldogs scored early, with Cole Potter returning an interception for a touchdown, and the Valley defence was able to hold the high-scoring Dartmouth offense to a single touchdown. However, that was enough for an 8-6 Dartmouth victory.

The Atom Bulldogs defence allowed just 74 points in eight games this season, a little over nine points per game. At the same time, they were offensively challenged, scoring just 41 points, which contributed to their 2-6 record.

The atoms awaited the results from the final weekend of the regular season to decide their playoff fate. In the best-case scenario, Valley will have a playoff game Nov. 10, time and location to be determined. The bantams and peewees will both host provincial semifinals Nov. 10 in Canning, with the times and opponents to be determined.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Minor Football League, The Valley Minor Football Association, Scotia Field

Geographic location: Fall River, Canning, Cape Breton Cole Harbour The Valley Dartmouth

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