In a rematch of last season's Valley Community Football League junior bantam final, the North Langley Bears opened the season with a 24-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Abbotsford Black Falcons.
The game began as a defensive struggle with neither team able to consistently move the ball until the second quarter.
Facing relentless pressure from a blitzing Falcons defence Bears, North Langley quarterback Jacob Stebbings completed passes to Connor Hurley, Reid MacTaggart, and Ken McLean.
Stebbings also led the Bears running attack with 42 yards on six carries.
Pablo Wigwigan, Ryan Taylor, and Hurley all carried the ball for a Bears offence that proved able to move the ball early on, but couldn't get the ball across the goal line.
Cadeyrn Barthelson, Taylor, and Hurley anchored a stubborn Bears defence with key tackles.
Nick Lacroix picked off an Abbotsford pass in the fourth quarter, snuffing out a late Falcons' drive.
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