Langley Mustangs ground North Delta Chargers

Now, they’re even.

In Vancouver Mainland Football League 12-man bantam action last weekend at Delta’s John Oliver Park, the visiting Langley Mustangs evened their back-to-back series with the North Delta Longhorns with a hard-fought, thrilling 22-15 victory.

The teams duelled to a 2-2 tie at the end of the first quarter.

Langley scored the first major of the day, on a second quarter interception by Azuka Okoli to take the lead.

The Longhorns responded with a touchdowns of their own to tie the game 9-9 at the end of the first half.

After the break, North Delta scored midway through the third quarter on a long run from scrimmage to take a 15-9 lead into the final quarter.

The Mustangs dug deep over the final 15 minutes.

Langley’s offensive line of Ryan Kess, Ross Baykey, Joe Nickel, Jacob Rohan and Travis Evans came to the fore, allowing for a strong ground attack that generated a pair of Mustangs touchdowns.

Meanwhile the defence led by Owen Jenkins, Damen Norris, Jeremy Catroppa, Devon Laboucan, and Wes Kraft shut out the league’s highest scoring offence with vigorous defensive play.

The win lifts the Mustangs into a tie with the Longhorns and Chilliwack Giants  for second place in the division.

Next up for Mustangs are the Abbotsford Falcons on Sunday. Game time at McLeod Athletic Park is 2:30 p.m.

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