Football at Belmont secondary school is in full swing this fall.
Both the junior varsity and senior teams are up and ready to compete.
The senior team moved up this year from Tier 2 up to AA league.
“I think we are going to be really competitive this year,” said offensive co-ordinator J.C. Boice. “We are going to have an explosive offense and we are going to put up points this season.”
The team has already played two games and while they haven’t secured a win, they have been tough competitors, Boice said.
The Bulldogs played Pitt Meadows secondary school on Sept. 7 losing a tight one 25-24 and then on Sept. 14 they played against Windsor secondary from North Vancouver with a final score of 42-28.
The game against Pitt Meadows was the Bulldogs first home game of the season and the players were revved up playing with more than 400 spectators in the stands cheering them on.
“It was an exciting game ending 25-24. Our quarterback threw 242 yards,” Boice said with a smile.
Some changes have already begun with the teams. Last year the JV team was moved up to the AAA league, but after a tough go and with only three Grade 9 players on the team this year, the team has been moved back down to AA.
“I like the high tempo on the team and we have to work for what we want,” said Grade 9 running back Torin Keoughan. Keoughan hopes other Grade 9s join the team.
“We want as many players as we can get,” said head coach Kevin Harrington.
While the JV team is lacking Grade 9 players the senior team has only a few Grade 12 players this year and mostly compiled of Grade 11 players.
Tyson Morison, Grade 12 left tackle is also hoping to entice more Grade 12s to help the team out this year as well.
“If we had more guys it’ll help us for sure,” he said.
Thirty of the 45 Belmont players have been training year-round and Boice said that shows the determination of the players. Players also travelled to a football camp in the U.S to train with American high school football players.
For more information on the team go to Belmontfootball.ca