Raiders lose a heartbreaker in Cowichan

Comox Valley midget football team outplays opposition but loses 21-20

Raiders' Jaco Roos sacks the Timbermen quarterback.

Raiders' Jaco Roos sacks the Timbermen quarterback.

In another close game that went right to the final whistle – and despite outplaying the opposition for most of the game – the Comox Valley Raiders Midget football team dropped a 21-20 heartbreaker to the Cowichan Timbermen, Oct. 4 in Cowichan.

The game started slowly as both offences took time to get going. The Timbermen were first to march down the field, but the Raiders came up with an interception to stymie the drive. Cowichan attempted to throw deep but cornerback Jessie Elliott’s well-timed hit on the receiver as he was attempting to make the catch caused the football to go to Raiders’ safety Brandon White who made the pick.

The Timbermen answered back before the end of the first quarter as they once again drove the field and this time ran the ball in for a 6-0 lead. The Raiders blocked the convert attempt.

The second quarter belonged to the Raiders as they were clicking on both offence and defence. They started with a long drive that was capped by a TD by running back Duncan Simpson on third and goal from the Timbermen two-yard line. Jimmy Brazier kicked the convert to give the Raiders a 7-6 lead.

The Raiders added another touchdown as pivot Ryan Beauchamp ran in a quarterback sneak on the Timbermen goal line. This time the convert kick was wide but the Raiders had a 13-6 lead.

Late in the second quarter the Timbermen put together a successful drive, but on second and goal with under two minutes left in the half defensive tackle Jaco Roos stuffed an inside run and forced a fumble. Outside linebacker Duncan Simpson pounced on the ball to preserve the Raiders’ 13-6 lead.

The third quarter was much like the first as both offences had trouble moving the football. The only scoring opportunity was a field goal attempt by the Timbermen but the Raiders’ defence collapsed the line and tackle Deakon Gilmore got an arm on the football to cause the block and keep the score 13-6.

In the fourth quarter the Raiders’ offence began to move the ball and drove the length of the field. Beauchamp first hit running back Brazier with a 40-yard pass. Running back Simpson then scampered 12 yards  to the Timbermen two-yard line before plunging in for the score on the next play for his second TD of the game. Brazier kicked the convert to give the Raiders a 20-6 lead.

The T-men tried to answer back but Roos had a big sack on the first play of the Cowichan drive. On the next play Roos again got in on the quarterback and hit him as he threw the ball. Safety White snared the errant pass and returned the ball close to the Timbermen 10-yard line.

A penalty on the return brought the ball back to the 25-yard line. The Raiders’ offence stalled and went backward with a holding call. An attempt to pin the Timbermen deep with a punt backfired when the  returner raced almost 100 yards to the house. The Timbermen missed the convert to make the score 20-13.

This touchdown seemed to swing the momentum. Cowichan stopped the Raiders’ next drive to get the ball back with minutes left. They then drove and scored with 44 seconds left to close the gap to 20-19.

Opting to go for the two-point convert and the win, the T-men ran the ball outside and just managed to get across the goal line and secure the come-from-behind 21-20 win.

 

With the way this game ended the Raiders will definitely be looking for revenge when they host the Timbermen on Nov. 8 at Bill Moore Memorial Park. The next game for the Raiders is Sunday, Oct. 11 against the Langley Stampeders at 2:30 p.m. at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.

 

 

Just Posted

Charles Hawkswell, Commander, of the Cape Lazo Power and Sail Squadron, presents a $1,000 cheque to the Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society. File photo
Comox removing moorage fees, hydro for Comox Valley Marine Rescue Society

Last year, the unit and society responded to more than 50 rescue missions in the past year

A Saanich man received almost 10 years in Supreme Court in Courtenay for a shooting incident from 2018. Record file photo
Shooting incident north of Courtenay nets almost 10-year sentence

Richard Daniel Vigneault was arrested without incident and faced 16 counts

Dr. Aref Tabarsi, a general pathologist at the North Island Hospital Campbell River Hospital Medical Laboratory, spoke about the issue of service in the region at a meeting in February 2020. Black Press file photo
Comox Strathcona hospital board wants pathology service back

UPDATED: Board supports move for chair, vice-chair to engage with Island Health on issue

Danielle Egilson has been awarded a $40,000 post-secondary scholarship with The Cmolik Foundation. Photo supplied
Student from Courtenay’s Vanier Secondary lands prestigious scholarship

Cmolik Foundation provides opportunities for youth who’ve experienced adversity

Poverty is a sad reality for some people in the Comox Valley. Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
Project takes a hard look at poverty in the Comox Valley

Objective is to reduce poverty in the Comox Valley by 25 per cent over four years

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.
Single lane alternating traffic controls on Courtenay bridge now in effect

Single lane alternating traffic on the 5th Street Bridge is now in… Continue reading

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)
Queen presents Vancouver Island doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup at virtual ceremony

Most Read