Football’s Victoria Spartans ready for Chilliwack Giants

Spartans, Giants meet for Vancouver Mainland Football League matchup in Langford, 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Westhills Stadium

Victoria Spartans quarterback Brett Johnson is tackled during the 2011 midget football season. Johnson is out with a broken leg for six to eight weeks but should return for the final two regular season games of the season.

With three wins in their first four games the midget Victoria Spartans are off to great start to the Vancouver Mainland Football League season.

The Spartans, aged 16 to 18, will hit the halfway mark of the season on Sunday when they host the Chilliwack Giants (2-2) at Westhills Stadium.

Kickoff is 1 p.m.

“It’s been two years since we won the provincials and we’re off to a good start, but it’s a very competitive league this year,” assistant coach Paul Mulholland said.

Head coach Dave Shortt and Mulholland have led the team for six years now. This year’s squad has a mix of players, with a dozen high school grads, half from the Mount Douglas Rams and half from the Belmont Bulldogs, and a group of grads from the Spartans’ 2011 provincial championship bantam team.

Quarterback Brett Johnson is out, however, with a broken leg. Last year Johnson stepped in as QB after a couple of games and helped the Spartans to a second-round exit from the playoffs. Instead, the Spartans are relying on Lowell MacDonald, a defensive lineman who hasn’t played quarterback since bantam.

“Lowell is doing well, he’s come through with some good passing, he’s a smart QB and knows the game,” Mulholland said.

The Victoria Spartans 12-man bantam team is away this weekend against the Cowichan Bulldogs on Sunday.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Central Saanich council calls for higher speeding fines

Motion approved Monday could end up before UBMC delegates in Victoria later this fall

Saanich mayor signs up for mason bee rental service

Fred Haynes rents mason bee colony from Oyster River beekeeper for his Prospect Lake home

Occupancy rates remain above capacity in Greater Victoria hospitals

Region’s hospitals have more patients than acute care beds

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Father to B.C.’s first MLB hall-of-famer is one proud dad

Larry Walker Sr. talks baseball background and son’s base running gaffe

Most Read