Belmont Bulldogs running back Torin Keoughan (9) makes a cut

BELMONT FOOTBALL: Running with the ’Dogs

As camp opening nears, Belmont coaches reflect on growth of program

The Belmont Bulldogs have come a long way since starting out on the lowest rung of the high school football ladder in 2006.

Regardless of their solid 3-3 record in their first year playing at the AAA level in 2013, the highest in the province, there’s always going to be the inevitable comparisons to the boys in purple across town.

Bulldogs head coach Alexis Sanschagrin, who joined the program four years ago, has as good a measuring stick as anyone. He spent the previous five years coaching the purple-clad Mount Douglas Rams.

“We’re basically in the same spot Mount Doug was in five years ago,” he says. “If we keep doings things right and keep improving, we’re going to be more and more competitive every year,” he says. “There’s a lot of very good athletes out here. Now we’re confident that we’re offering a good product and kids on the West Shore have a great alternative to commuting and travelling across town to play.”

As the Bulldogs prepare to open training camp Monday (Aug. 20) at Goudy Field for its junior and senior teams – the teacher’s strike will prevent Sanschagrin, a teacher at Arbutus middle school, from participating – the people who have built the program can look back and feel good about its evolution.

Not only is the senior varsity team becoming more of a factor in B.C., individual players are getting recognized for their abilities. This summer Dontae Bull, Tanner Hayward and Darian Jules represented B.C. at the under-16 Red River Cup in Winnipeg. Three more: lineman Kolton Henderson, quarterback Brendan Holland and tight end Edgar Nelson are shortlisted for the U18 B.C. team – Sanschagrin is defensive co-ordinator – that will play at the U.S. Army International Bowl in San Antonio over Christmas break.

Belmont grads linebacker Tristen Forish (UBC Thunderbirds) and linebacker/running back Sam Varao (Regina Huskies) will attend university on scholarships this fall.

“In the last couple years, Belmont has stepped up and become a much better team, one recognized by colleges as a team to watch,” says Clancy Keoughan, equipment manager and strength coach. He’s worked with a core group of 15 to 20 players who’ve been doing strength training this summer. “The amount of effort that’s gone into it by some of these boys has been just amazing.”

Students from Belmont, Spencer or Dunsmuir middle schools or John Stubbs elementary interested in playing this fall are encouraged to sign up. Experience is not necessary and equipment is provided, all players need is appropriate footwear.

For the practice schedule and other inquiries, contact Sanschagrin at coach.alexis.s@gmail.com or 250-818-8253.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Premier John Horgan announces improvements to Highway 14

Construction on the $10 million project is set to begin immediately

Upgrades to Millstream overpass to begin Feb. 1

Project includes addition of left hand turn lane onto highway to Victoria

Victoria Grizzlies look to continue hot steak

Team hits the road this weekend before Family Fun Night

Victoria wins crucial WHL contest over Giants in Langley

Royals take over second in B.C. Division ahead of Vancouver

Man hospitalized after early morning Sooke Road crash

Police say injuries are non life-threatening

Monster trucks invade Victoria

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour stops at Save-On Foods Memorial Centre this weekend

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

LETTER: The sewage spiral continues in Greater Victoria

My left brain has been trying to digest the news and comments… Continue reading

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

Renowned Comox Valley sasquatch researcher passes away

A renowned biologist and leading Canadian sasquatch researcher who called the Comox… Continue reading

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Most Read