Colton Klein (No. 21) of the Vernon Panthers is hauled down by a trio of John Barsby Bulldogs

Bulldogs bounce Panthers in B.C. semis

The Vernon Panthers’ road to the B.C. Senior AA Boys Football Championships ended Saturday at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.

  • Nov. 30, 2011 10:00 a.m.

The Vernon Panthers’ road to the B.C.

Senior AA Boys Football Championships ended

Saturday at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.

Facing the No. 1 ranked and defending

champion John Barsby Bulldogs of Nanaimo,

a team that hadn’t lost since 2009, the Cats

were simply overwhelmed in a 54-6 loss.

“I haven’t seen a more dominant team than

Barsby in AA football. They were tough, hardnosed

kids that ran their system to perfection

and had no weaknesses to exploit,” said VSS

head coach Sean Smith.

The Panthers held

their own against Barsby

in the first quarter.

Trailing 6-0, they moved

the ball into the red zone

with two minutes to

go, but couldn’t get any


VSS suffered injuries to several players in

the second quarter and the Bulldogs took

advantage, building a 28-0 lead by halftime.

“They are a very physical team and it would

be nearly impossible to compete with them

for the full 48 minutes with the 18 bodies we

dressed. They had 30-plus and just kept coming

at us in waves and wore us down,” said


“I was very proud of the way my boys

handled the circumstances of the game. They

received praise from other coaches and officials

for the way they competed until the final

whistle and went further than any Interior

team has gone for a long, long time.”

Thomas Mills punched into the end zone

for Vernon’s lone score in the third quarter, a

four-yard plunge. He finished with 60 yards

on 14 carries, while Colton Klein added 40

yards on 10 touches.

Quarterback Caton Garvie completed

seven of 14 tosses for 88 yards and added 20

yards on the ground.

On defence, Keaton Hubner paced the

Panthers with seven tackles, Mills had six and

Klein and Cody Bell each had five.

“These boys were a

special group of kids that

had a lot of spirit and

heart. I’d like to thank

the Grade 12s for their

dedication to Panther

football. They are leaving

our program in better

shape than when they

entered it and have set the bar higher for the

younger guys,” said Smith.

Dexter Shea led Barsby with three rushing

TDs, Tim Hampson and Nathan Berg each

had two, and Brad Robson opened the scoring

on a 45-yard run in the first quarter.

In three playoff games, Barsby has racked

up an impressive 140 points, while giving up

just 12. Saturday’s win was the Bulldogs’ 23rd

consecutive victory. They face the Mission

Roadrunners in the championship game

Saturday at B.C. Place.

Mission grounded the Ballenas Whalers of

Parksville 34-14 in the other semi.


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