North Langley Football's junior bantam squad is coming ohsoclose to victory in recent Valley Community Football League games.
After losing a closely contested game, 34-31, to the Abbotsford Black team on the Labour Day weekend, the JB Bears found themselves in the another thriller against the Abbotsford Falcons White a week later.
The Bears led 22-14 at the half but eventually ended up on the losing end of a 40-36 score to the Falcons.
Highlights included Zander Baily and Yun-Jae Boo each returning kickoffs for touchdowns while Pablo Wigwigan and Bailey ran for majors.
Mason Block recovered an onside kick and blocked a convert.
Quarterback Brett Christianson completed seven passes, including four throws to Connor Hurley.
Kyle Webster kicked converts on three Bears' touchdowns.
The Bears wound up on the winning end against Abbotsford.
North Langley scored five touchdowns to Abbotsford's two.
Touchdowns were scored by Daniel Lambert with two, Annika Key, Zac Williamson, and Jakob Romanisson.
Annika Key also caught a pass in the second half.
On the defensive side the Bears snagged a few quarterback flags (sacks) by Matthew Demers, Ezekiel Bodill, and Rylan Middleton.
The Bears' first defeat of the season was a tale of two halves.
The Abbotsford Falcons put up 20 points in the opening half, but the Bears shut them down in the second half.
The Bears finished only one touchdown short, losing 20-13.
North Langley's Jaxon Stebbings made an interception for the Bears, and Matthew Aasen recovered a fumble.
Marcus Stang made a mad dash for the end zone to narrow North Langley's deficit to 20-6 by halftime.
Strong tackles were made by Jacob Deibert, Chris Morrison, and Jed Hurley during the contest.
The Bears had a tough go of it against the Abbotsford Black Falcons, losing 46-0.
After a difficult start, the Bears picked up their defence in the third and fourth quarters and held their own.
North Langley's Zach Heathfield and Ken McLean managed some great runs, despite the formidable opposition.
Also noteworthy were defensive take downs by Brandon Brynjolfson and Ayden Holloway.
The bantam Bears had a rough outing against the Abbotsford Falcons, going down 52-0.
The North Langley midget squad faced Falcons of a different type - the Coquitlam Falcons
The Falcons scored on their first possession, and then quickly built up a 33-0 lead over the Bears in the first quarter.
But the Bears did not lose heart, even though by the end of the game, they were on the short end of a 46-0 score.
North Langley's defence improved over the rest of the game, slowing the Falcons runners on many plays, including a goal-line stand in which the Falcons failed to score.
Alain Velo and Eric Boomars made numerous open field tackles while other North Langley defenders including Alec Robertson, Samuel Cleary, Damon Vassos, Chris Baerg, Akash Verma, and James Alhuis also ganged up to slow the Falcons' running game.
Mook Kim and Joseph Sebastian ran the ball determinedly against Coquitlam's defensive wall.
Bears' quarterback Braeden Pritchard completed passes to David Fredo and Harsahib Sandhu. Pritchard also executed some nice punts.