The Langley Stampeders are marching forward in their bid to win the B.C. football title.
On Sunday, Langley Minor Football's midget squad took another step towards the championship game by beating the defending provincial champion White Rock Titans 22-7.
The heavily favoured Titans, who won the season title by finishing first in its 14-team league, were simply overwhelmed by the Stampeders' defence and ball control.
Against a Titan wildcat offence, the Stamps' defence shut down any running game White Rock attempted.
When the Titans went to the air the Stampeders' defensive backs suffocated the White Rock receivers.
In the opening quarter neither team could move the ball effectively as the offences only accumulated four first downs between them.
In the second quarter, the Stamps' offence came alive with quarterback Cory McMurchy hitting running back Reagan Doucette on a 47-yard pass to move the Stamps to the Titan 12-yard line.
After a nifty run by running back Kalen McMurchy, slotback Harman Basra scooted in on a reverse to open the scoring.
On the ensuing kickoff the Stamps gained an additional point by kicking the ball through the end zone to put Langley ahead 8-0.
At that point, the Stamps' defence went to work, led by the defensive line of Sukh Toor, Jon Jon Miao, Brayden Norcliffe, and Shaiheem Charles-Brown. Langley's defenders put pressure on the Titans quarterback and would not allow White Rock's offence to get any momentum.
Any time the Titan offence was able to break the line of scrimmage, linebackers Evan York, Bryan Desmarais and Cameron Kaulback made sure the gains were minimal.
During the second half the Stamps took over, driving the ball into the Titan zone time and time again.
The Stamps dominated field position throughout the half.
Kalen McMurchy capped off a 76 yard drive early in the fourth quarter with a one yard plunge to make the score 15-1 for the Stamps.
The drive was set up by runs from slotback Jack Westcott, Doucette, and Cory McMurchy.
Later in the final quarter, Cory McMurchy hit his brother Kalen on an eight-yard touchdown strike increase the Stamps' lead to 22-1.
The game was well under control with the Titans not being able to move on offence.
The game ended with a late touchdown by the Titans with just over a minute to go in the final quarter.
The Stamps now advance to the provincial semi-finals, facing second place finishers Meadow Ridge Knights this Saturday at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary in Maple Ridge.
Kickoff is 2 p.m.
LANGLEY CRIBBAGE LEAGUE
Scores as of Nov. 15
Harmsworth 22, Milner 14
Murrayville 21, Willoughby 15
Fort Langley 21, Langley 15
Murrayville 132, Milner 129,
Willoughby 128, H'sworth 128,
Fort Langley 120, Langley 119
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