The cross town rivalry between the Langley Outlaws and the Cloverdale Cougars was settled for another year on Sunday, with the Outlaws pounding out a 4616 victory.
The clash between the 12-and 13-year-old junior bantam teams at Cloverdale Athletic Park had each taking a completely different approach to the game.
Cloverdale took to the air with a barrage of passing plays while Langley employed a double tight, ground-and-pound offence.
Langley's grueling running plays between the tackles proved to be too much for the Cougars, who surrendered five touchdowns during the first half.
The game started with some failed trickery by Cloverdale.
The Cougars' opening kickoff was thwarted by Outlaw Jordan Begg, who alertly recovered an onside kick attempt.
The story of the game was Langley's offensive line, which manhandled the Cougars' defence despite juggling its formation due to injured and missing players.
Outlaws' wingback Azuka Okoli opened the scoring on a 14-yard run for a touchdown.
Jacob Smart was successful on the two-point convert kick as Langley took an early 8-0 lead.
Stellar defence by Outlaws Connor Desnoyers and Jordan Begg helped end Cloverdale's first offensive drive after just two plays, by forcing the home team to punt.
Methodical, physical blocking by Benjamin Wheaton, Owen Jenkins, Alec Rachmat, Damen Norris, Ross Baykey, and Travis Evans led to Okoli's second score with a single play, 65-yard run through a gaping hole in the Cougars' defence.
Outlaws Joe Nickel and Jack Murphy did a good job filling in for missing players on the offensive line, and executed a difficult blocking scheme in the process.
On Langley's third series, bruising fullback Riley Hegedus switched from lead blocker to ball carrier and scored on an eight-yard run up the middle to increase the local squad's lead 20-8.
Cloverdale showed hopes of making a game of it with two big plays; the Cougars' quarterback scrambled wildly and tossed a deep pass for a touchdown and then recovered the ensuing kickoff at midfield.
The momentum swing however, was quickly stifled by a three-play Langley defensive stand.
Outlaws' wingback Sheldon Gangloff capped a six-play Langley drive with a nine-yard touchdown and a five-yard convert run to regain Langley's momentum and increase the visitors' lead to 27-8.
A pass interception by Gangloff on the next Coverdale offensive series set up Hegedus's second major of the day, a one-play, 71-yard touchdown run through a massive hole opened by the Outlaws' offensive line to end the first half scoring.
Langley quarterback Noah Tombe, not to be outdone by the Cougars' air prowess, opened the scoring in the third quarter with a 22-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacob Jelic.
Hegedus added his third major of the game in the last quarter, and the duo of Tombe and Jelic combined again for a five yard successful convert pass attempt.
Jelic switched to quarterback in the fourth quarter and threw a 12-yard pass to receiver Nathan Arend, who made a spectacular catch in tight coverage over the head of a Cloverdale defender.
Cloverdale added one touchdown late to narrow the final score 46-16.
With the win, the Outlaws improved their record to 4-3-1.
The Outlaws finish their regular season with a game this Sunday, when they host the Vancouver Trojans. Kickoff is 11: 45 a.m. at McLeod Athletic Park.
The Langley Broncos weren't able to hand the undefeated Coquitlam Lions their first loss last weekend.
The Lions' defence stymied the Broncos' offence all game long, and the offence controlled the ball for the most part, handing the Broncos their second consecutive setback.
The Broncos kept the score close in the first half, surrendering a pair of touchdowns to trail 13-0 at the break.
The second half belonged to the Lions, who scored on three straight drives en route to a 34-0 victory.
The game was won on the lines and the Broncos couldn't match the Lions in that regard.
The Broncos have two games remaining in the regular season as they get ready for the postseason.
On a day that weather could have been a factor, the Bandits faced the Richmond Raiders at McLeod Athletic Park.
The day turned out to be all sun and no rain.
The Bandits started off slowly by giving up a touchdown on the opening drive to a Richmond squad that was ready to play.
The home team's offence battled back to even the score after a big block led to a touchdown by Vaughn Pinchin.
Langley's offensive line of Kirkland Roloff, Jacob Thorpe, Jake Kirby, Cody Oliver, Rylan Trafford, and Kyle Rowe kept Richmond's defence in check while Quintin Steinmann handed the ball off to Jordan Tomica, who ran the ball in for another score.
Jordan also kicked the only convert of the day, giving Langley the lead.
On Langley's next possession Quintin Steinmann led his team down to the Richmond six-yard line, where he handed the ball off to Kyle Rowe, who scored his first touchdown of the season.
With Langley up 14-12, Richmond had final possession and was headed to the end zone.
Big stops by Victoria Sull and Zaeden Pleasants kept the Raiders from scoring and secured a big win for the Bandits.