January 22nd, 2021

Bulldogs snakebit by Cobras in Tier III playoffs And rounding out the month:

By Nick Kuhl on November 9, 2019.

Herald photo by Ian Martens Winston Churchill Bulldogs Jordin Roberts and Harlen Pinder-Boehm look to stop Cochrane High Cobras Fox Bell, as Cobras Jude Wilkinson follows the play, during Tier III South Region semifinal high school football action Friday night at the University of Lethbridge Stadium. @IMartensHerald

Dale Woodard

Lethbridge Herald


The Cobras struck quickly against the Winston Churchill Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs were downed 39-7 by the Cochrane Cobras in the Tier III 
South Region semifinal Friday night at the University of Lethbridge 
The Cobras scored on their opening drive — which included a faked 
punt — and opened up a 29-0 lead by the second quarter.
The Bulldogs managed a little offence late in the first half when 
Jordin Roberts grabbed fumble and returned it 60 yards. But 10th-
ranked Winston Churchill was unable to get any closer to the top-
ranked Cobras as Cochrane added one more major in the second half to 
seal the win and advance to the South Region final.
“Our guys showed up and they played hard tonight,” said Bulldogs 
heads coach Jonathan Dick. “We’re proud of what they’ve 
accomplished. Cochrane is a strong team and we knew we had to give it 
our best and we feel we put our best team on the field and they played 
hard. It’s just Cochran is a strong team, well-coached and lots of 
great athletes and we wish them well in the future at provincials. But 
we’re proud of our guys and congratulations to our Grade 12 players. 
They worked very hard throughout the course of their high school 
careers and we couldn’t be prouder of those guys.”
The Cobras opened the scoring early in the first quarter on a Derek 
Reid major.
On Cochrane’s next drive, a pass interference call to the Bulldogs 
put the ball on the Churchill goal line and Chase Hunt punched it in 
from three yards out for a 14-0 lead with 4:38 left in the first 
Hunt then went in from two yards out early in the second quarter to 
put Cochrane up 21-0. Ethan Stanley hauled in a 36-yard touchdown 
strike for a 29-0 lead following a successful two-point convert from 
Evan Larsen.
But the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard before the first half was over 
when Roberts scooped up a loose ball and romped in untouched to make 
it 29-7.
“That was like fireworks, that totally revived us,” said Bulldogs 
quarterback Kevin Davies of the late touchdown.
The Cobras added a field goal with 1.6 seconds left in the half and 
added one more major in the fourth quarter on an 32-yard passing 
touchdown to Ty Metcalfe.
The Bulldogs drove deep earlier in the fourth quarter, but were unable 
to punch it in from the red zone.
“This was definitely an all-out game,” said Davies. “We were not 
just gonna roll over to these guys, especially with Jon having 
experiences with these guys when he was in high school. So we really 
want to show him we can play hard ourselves as well.”
The Bulldogs graduate a large number of Grade 12s this season.
“We’ll chat with them as we move forward next week, but our 
coaching staff couldn’t be prouder of those guys,” said Dick. 
“They work their butts off, most of them for the three full years 
with the Bulldog program and even with our Bantam program. We’re sad 
to see them go but we wish them the best in the future.”
However, that opens the doors for the returnees in 2020.
“We have half a roster coming back next year,” said Dick. “So 
hopefully we have some young guys coming up from bantam that can fill 
some of the gaps. We’ve got some talent in Grade 10 and 11 that can 
step up and fill some shoes.”
But for the Grade 12s, the post game was about multiple photo sessions.
“I’ve been with some of these boys for about 10 years,” said 
Davies. “No feelings have changed, I’ve loved him since day one and 
I’ll keep loving them.”

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