The Langley Stampeders are starting to rumble early in the Vancouver Mainland Football League season.
The midget Stamps downed the visiting Victoria Spartans 24-14 to improve their record to 2-1.
Langley started well, driving the ball on the opening possession down to the Spartan 27-yard line before opening the scoring with a 34-yard field goal by Cory McMurchy.
After a quick two-and-out possession by the Spartans, the Stampeders went cold for most of the first half, with only two first downs to their credit before the halftime break.
This allowed the Spartans to get back into the game during the second quarter and the visitors took an 8-3 lead, which they protected until the final play of the half.
That's when Langley quarterback Cory McMurchy hit wide receiver Daniel Adimora on a 31-yard pass with no time remaining to make the score 10-8 Stamps.
After the Spartans scored on their opening possession of the second half to move ahead 14-10, it was all Stampeders.
The Stamps renewed their reputation as a strong running team, controlling the game and moving the ball along the ground.
Langley's offensive line of Kyle Campagna, Scott Tolnay, Scott Miller, Hayden Coss, Keith Horn, and Clayton Frohlich controlled the line of scrimmage, opening huge holes for the Stamps' running backs.
The Stamps responded quickly after the Spartans' score with an 11-yard touchdown run by Kalen McMurchy.
The impressive drive started at Langley's own 23-yard line and included key runs by Kalen McMurchy, Brian Desmarais, and Sameer Nasuri to keep the ball moving.
Early in the fourth quarter the Stampeders struck again with a one-yard touchdown run by Raegan Ducette.
Nasuri Mcmurchy and Ducette had key runs during the drive.
Defensively, the Stamps were up to the challenge with interceptions by Mitch Leader and a game-ending pick by Ryan Porteous.
Jack Westcott ended the game with eight tackles and Kalen McMuchy saw double duty on both offence and defence.
He ended the game with five tackles and made several bone-jarring hits on Spartan receivers.
Stamps' head coach Shane Thompson is happy with his players' progress, and their work ethic, thus far.
"They are starting to realize they are not the powerhouse they have been the past three years and have to work for any success they are going to have," Thompson said. "Teams will not just lay down because they are playing the Stampeders."
The Mustangs took a 24-0 lead into halftime, then cruised to a 37-0 shutout of the Cowichan Bulldogs Sunday afternoon.
The Mustangs turned in a dominating performance against the visiting Bulldogs on a sunny day at McLeod Stadium.
In the first half, Langley scored on every possession but one.
The first Langley possession was a 70-yard drive highlighted by strong runs from Jayden Korfman and David Dejo.
Great blocking by Langley's "O" line of Max Parsons, Ryan Rai, and Jason York helped to bring about Nolan McMurchy's first touchdown of the day.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs got to their own 30-yard line before the Langley defence caused and recovered a fumble.
Dalton Delany then took the ball to within inches of the goal line with the touchdown. That play was followed by McMurchy scoring on the quarterback keeper, his second major score of the day.
The defensive line stepped in with huge plays by Nathan Lonn, Devin McBride, and Isiah Okolli.
Halfbacks Craig Clarot and Tomas Sandberg harassed the Bulldogs, holding them to just one first down over their next three possessions.
Meanwhile, Langley's Dejo ran in another touchdown while McMurchy kicked a field goal to give the home team a 24-point advantage at the half.
After the break, Langley came out gunning as Sandberg picked up a Bulldog fumble on their first possession to run it in for six points.
The Bulldogs began to rally late in the third quarter by putting together some impressive drives, but the Langley defenders kept the visitors off the board.
Things got worse for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter as Sandberg picked off a pass and took it a huge 80 yards for the final touchdown of the game, as Langley won by a 37-point margin.
Junior bantam Outlaws
In a defensive battle, the Outlaws clawed to an 8-8 tie with the New Westminster Hyacks.
Early in the first quarter, the Outlaws drove the ball down to the Hyacks' goal-line, where a pass interception from New West set the stage for a defence-dominated contest.
Late in the second quarter, the Hyacks made numerous short yard gains, which set them up for a touchdown and a two-point conversion, giving New West an 8-0 lead at the end of the half.
The Outlaws responded in the final three minutes of the game when Colton Dejong's pass interception gave the ball back to Langley.
This late interception set up numerous drives led by running backs Sheldon Gangloff and Riley Hegedus.
A touchdown run by Azuka Okolie narrowed the Outlaws' deficit to 8-6 and Langley's successful two-point Outlaw conversion tied the game.
The Hyacks made a final charge before the whistle blew to end the game with the teams tied.
On a beautiful Sunday morning the Langley Broncos were in Cloverdale to face the Lions in a match up of 2-0 teams.
Langley's defence was once again hard to move the ball on, with the likes of Brandon Folkerts, and Kaycen Horan stuffing the inside runs and Tydan Currie making tackle after tackle on the outside.
The Broncos' offence was slow to get started but with some great blocking from the offensive line and fullback Jesse Tomica, AJ Steinmann was able to break free for a trio of touchdown runs.
The Broncos' shutout bid was again broken by a touchdown late in the game to round out the scoring in a well-played 20-6 Bronco win.
The still-unbeaten Westside Warriors rolled to a 33-0 win over the Cowboys Sunday at McLeod Athletic Park.
The loss drops the Cowboys to 0-3.
The game started well for the home team, with an onside kick attempt by Stryker Roloff that was successfully recovered by Wesley Begg.
Westside was able to stop the drive, but the Cowboys were able to keep the score at 2-0 in the first quarter.
Langley's offence fought hard all game against Westside's strong defence.
Jack Laurin had a 15-yard kick off return and Nico Gerrussi executed a well-blocked seven-yard run up the middle for a first down.
On defence, Roloff led the way with 12 tackles (including two for lost yards), Luke Penny had six takedowns (including one that resulted in lost yards), while Liam Jeffrey and Trevan Thavonesouk came in with six tackles each.