Tenacious tackling by the Comox Valley Raiders was featured in the Bantam club's final game of the season.

Tenacious tackling by the Comox Valley Raiders was featured in the Bantam club's final game of the season.

Comox Valley Raiders drop final game of Bantam season

But plenty of optimism for coaches and players looking ahead to 2017

The Cowichan Bulldogs’ bark was every bit as bad as their bite Nov. 6 when they defeated the Comox Valley Raiders 42-19 in Bantam football action at Bill Moore Memorial Park.

“This was the final game of the season with a chance to make the playoffs and was a good example of the growth the players have been showing in the final few weeks of the season,” said Damon Mair.

“ Of the 28 players on our team 17 of them are first-year Bantams (14-15 years ) so the future looks bright for the Raiders,” Mair added.

“We had standout performances by Braden Perfitt  who had a 115 yard kick return TD and multiple tackles on defence, Tomas Foge ran hard all day to the tune of 145 yards and a TD and Grayson Atherton running for a TD and throwing well at QB.

“Our defence was in tough against the fastest player in our league but it didn’t stop Connor Lloyd, Michael Charalambidis, Liam Greeley and Cameron Fleck from making many highlight-worthy plays.”

The Raiders finished the season in fifth place (top four teams make playoffs) with a 4-6 record. “It’s now time to focus on off-season training and recruiting for what should be a strong 2017 season,” Mair said.