Bantam Team Report for October 18th vs Mission
The North Langley Bantam Bears faced their toughest test of the year against a tenacious Mission Niners squad but managed to hang on for a 28-21 victory. Mission took just three plays to score on their opening drive and opened up a quick 7-0 lead. The Bears evened the score a couple of series later, on the strength of a spectacular 60 yard reverse to Pablo Wigwigan. The second quarter was all Bears and while the defense yielded little ground to the Niners, the offense managed to score twice on a pair of Zander Bailey touchdown runs. North Langley extended their lead to 28-7 on a 16 yard Bailey run at which point the game appeared to be well in hand. Refusing to quit the Niners answered with a pair of touchdowns of their own and threatened to even the score. While the Bears offense sputtered, the defense found new life as Connor Hurley, Nick Lacroix and Mason Block kept the Niners out of the end zone with big tackles. Hurley tallied 12 tackles to lead the Bears defense while Block’s constant pressure on the Mission quarterback led to a sack and a couple of key pass knock downs. North Langley fans heaved a sigh of relief when quarterback Jacob Stebbings took a knee in the final seconds to end the game and preserve the Bears undefeated season.
JB Team Report for October 18th vs Meadow Ridge
The North Langley Junior Bantam Bears were up against some very strong competition in the Meadow Ridge White Knights team last Saturday losing 42-0. As soon as the ball was kicked, the Knights dominated within 5 minutes of play, 2 touchdowns were scored from the kick off and then one from an interception pass. Brandon Brynjolfson was able to block the kick to stop the conversion.
The Bears did not give up though; with the score at 20-0 Brynjolfson ran the ball for 5 yards. Then Evan Rees ran the ball down the side for 1st down. QB Micheal Huggins then tried to throw a pass only to get it intercepted however Brynjolfson was there to make the big tackle.
Our defense was up against a very powerful team and although there was some big tackles from Carlos Redekopp, Ben Pascoe,Trevor Paulenz, Brodie Tarling, Jude Wessel, Cadeyrn Barthelson Joey Yoemans and Ethan Bernardin they just could not hold them back.
The Knights kept coming at the JB Bears with another touchdown in the 2nd quarter followed by a quick run in for the conversion. Joey Yoemans had a huge play sacking the QB late in the 2nd quarter and lit a fire under the Bears. Then Cadeyrn Barthelson tackled the Knights right at goal line to gain possession back for the Bears. But it was not enough as the Knights kept coming at the Bears and in the 3rd quarter with an interception they scored another touchdown.
Early in the 4th quarter there was an interception by the Knights but they fumbled and Ben Pascoe was able to recover the ball. Time out was called by the Bears to shake things up but the Knights continued to control the game with another touchdown. Throughout the game the JB Bears continued to hustle and had some promising runs for the offence however in the end it was not enough to stop the Knights.
The JB Bears are back in action next Saturday on their home field at MAP game starting at 10 AM against Abbotsford.
Thanks to a 20-0 victory in Mission over the Niners on Oct. 18, the North Langley Bears improved to 5-3-1 and moved into third place in the Peewee division of the Valley Community Football League, clinching a spot in post-season play.
The Bears scored on their first drive of 59 yards when Marcus Stang pushed in for the major from the two yardline with a great second effort. Stang racked up 119 net rushing yards, including a 39-yard run on a reverse handoff to open the second half. Overcoming 25 yards of penalties on that drive, the Bears went up 12-0 when Jedakai Hurley powered in from the two. The final major came in the fourth quarter when Caleb Faust swept left from the Mission 30 and found the sideline and paydirt. (Faust had a total of 88 yards rushing.) Tyson Hoy rounded out the scoring with a kick through the uprights for two points.
The Bears’ defence came up big, limiting the Niners to a single first down. Six times they forced a punt or turnover on downs; three times they intercepted passes in North Langley territory courtesy of Mathieu Gale, Matthew Vandas and AJ Myers. Gale’s pick at the North Langley 12 on the last play of the first quarter was the closest the Niners ever got the ball to the Bears’ end zone. Gale also fielded all four Mission punts, running two back for a total of 38 yards.
- Andy Faust
Atom Team Report for October 18th
The North Langley Atom Bears saw their winning streak come to an end with a 20-0 loss to the Meadow Ridge Blue Knights on Saturday. It was a close game, with the Knights taking a 6-0 lead into the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, the Bears had some bright spots in their offensive game. Troy Edwards (15) caught a 15 yard pass from Owen Sieben (55) twice in the game and also had a 15 yard first down run in the game. Marco Kee (5) took the ball for a 15 yard first down carry in the fourth quarter. The defense also worked hard to keep their team in the game, with a sacks coming from Manny Fotiou (97) and Ty Gallinger (12). Ezekiel Bodill (75), Troy Edwards and Hunter Morton (37) also had some big tackles for the Bears.
The Bears look to put one back in the winning column on the 25th in Abbotsford against the Falcons. The last matchup between these two teams ended in a draw, the Bears are ready to improve on that result!