Rams, Bulldogs to meet in gridiron derby

Somebody saved the best for last as the Belmont Bulldogs will try to crack the staunch defence of the Mount Douglas Rams

The schedule saved the best for last as the Belmont Bulldogs will try to crack the staunch defence of the Mount Douglas Rams in a AAA B.C. High School Football match at Westhills Stadium today (Nov. 1).

Kick off is 6 p.m., the last game of the regular season.

It will be an exciting test for the Bulldogs’ skilled running back tandem of Jordan Worth and Sam Varao against the best defence in the province. In five games, all wins, the Rams have four shutouts, an unheard of stat in football.

The Rams have a mighty duo of its own, with standout Marcus Davis and Julian Luis lining up in the backfield.

“We look forward to challenges in front of us,” Bulldogs coach Kevin Harrington said. “Mount Doug is a huge hurdle.”

The Bulldogs (3-2) go into the match of the season on a high, having pulled off a sensational comeback to beat the Handsworth Royals 24-23 in North Vancouver last week.

In one of the oddest starts to a football game, the Royals recovered three on-side kicks in the first quarter and took a 17-0 lead before the Bulldogs took possession.

“We didn’t have the ball once in the first quarter,” Harrington said.  “We’re feeling lucky to have been able to come back against Handsworth. You can’t spot a team like Handsworth that many points and expect to come back and win it but these guys did.”

Once the Bulldogs got rolling Handsworth couldn’t stop them, as the Bulldogs tacked on two-point conversions to all three of its touchdowns. Jordan Worth led the Bulldogs with a 58-yard touchdown rush. Sam Varao carried the ball for a TD and a two-point conversion, and an 18-yard TD reception.

Regardless of what happens against the No. 1-seed Rams, it’s been a great season for the Bulldogs.

Last week Davis rushed for four touchdowns in the first half on carries of 24, 53, 24 and 80 yards against the West Vancouver Highlanders. Mount Douglas led 40-0 at half and won 47-0. Davis totaled 256 yards rushed on seven carries. Luis and Pato Vega plunged in from close for TDs and quarterback Joe Clarke threw a pass to Seye Farinu for a TD. Kicker Callum Duke converted five of seven TDs.

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