The Belmont varsity football team is looking to build momentum off big wins earlier this season.
Head coach Alexis Sanschagrin said the group has had some tough competition right off the bat.
“We started the season 3-0,” Sanschagrin said, with one of those wins coming after beating Vancouver College, who was ranked fifth in the province.
The school has a well-recognized football program but Belmont held on in a tough game for a 25-9 win. It was the first time that a Bulldogs football team has beaten Vancouver College. “It was a pretty big high for us,” Sanschagrin added.
But the following week the team lost to third ranked South Delta, with a final score of 50-20.
Sanschagrin noted at this point in the season, he’s pleased with how the team is performing but admits, as with any team, there are always areas for improvement.
“I’m happy but as a coach, you always want more,” Sanschagrin said. “There is always room for improvement and there are a lot of areas we can do better overall. That is just the coach in me that is never completely satisfied but overall it’s been a very good start.”
He would like to see more preparation during the week before games. But added that game day, the team is usually prepared and knows what they need to do.
Sanschagrin also has his sights set on a playoff berth this year.
“We’re in a position that is certainly difficult,” he said. “Twelve teams make the playoffs in the province and only six from our conference will make the playoffs, six out of eight. Right now, in the top 10 in the province, all eight teams in our conference are in the top 10. So there will be two teams left out and there is going to be teams that will make it that aren’t necessarily ranked as high but our conference is so competitive and so strong that basically every week is a battle for a playoff position. I would say right now, we are in a very good position but we won’t know until the season is done.”
The Bulldogs were scheduled to play Mount Doug on Friday after the Gazette’s press deadline.