The North Langley Bears bantam football team proved to be too much for the visiting Vancouver Trojans, cruising to a 64-6 victory Saturday afternoon.
Pablo Wigwigan crossed the goal line each of the three times he touched the ball and Zander Bailey scored two more touchdowns for the Bears on the ground.
Riley Jones, Trevan Baarts, Kevin Solares, Brett Anderson, and Andy Hanlen all had turns with the ball as North Langley experimented with different running backs throughout the game.
Quarterback Jacob Stebbings connected with Alex Henderson for a 12 yard touchdown pass, and later made a big play on defense when he intercepted an errant Trojan throw and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
Kicker Charlie May contributed seven converts and a field goal in the Bearsâ€™ winning effort.
Next week the Bears take the field against the Richmond Raiders in a battle of undefeated teams.
â€“ by Chris Hurley
The Bears were comeback kids Saturday, erasing a 14-point deficit to tie the Abbotsford Falcons 14-14 in an entertaining and disciplined game.
The Bears opened with a strong run in the first quarter by quarterback Owen Sieben, but the drive was quickly cut short when Siebenâ€™s pass was intercepted.
North Langleyâ€™s defence kept the Falcons from cashing in on the turnover with strong tackling by Ezekiel Bodill and Manny Fotiou.
Annika Key made a key tackle in the first quarter on third down to keep the game scoreless at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter included a couple of first down runs by Keaghan Hurley, but the Bears were kept out of the end zone by a strong Falcons defence.
The Falcons scored a touchdown in the second quarter to move ahead 8-0.
The Bears defence held up, however, and North Langley entered the halftime break down by only eight points.
The second half started with a kickoff return for a touchdown by the Falcons, but a missed convert kept the score at 14-0.
The Bears offence, led by players filling in for some injured teammates, got going in the third with first down runs by Reece Fennell and Owen Sieben.
Taylor Bear also had a six yard run in a drive capped off by a 10 yard touchdown run by Sieben.
The Bears missed their convert, but cut the lead to 14-6.
North Langleyâ€™s defence played big as well, with huge stops by Ezekiel Bodill. The ground game continued with another effective run by Evan Hoy.
The fourth quarter featured the Bearsâ€™ ground attack.
Sieben ran for 55 yards in the fourth quarter alone, and also completed a 10 yard first down pass to Key, who made a great catch to keep the drive going.
Her catch led to a couple of short runs by Keaghan Hurley, who got into the end zone for the second Bearsâ€™ major of the day.
Ty Gallinger kicked the convert through the uprights to tie the game for the Bears.
North Langleyâ€™s defence did its part, keeping the Falcons from scoring again with a tackle by Caleb Price on third down to get the ball back to the offence.
Despite first down runs in the final minutes, the Bears ran out of time to put more points on the board and settled for a tie game.
The Bears will look to put a notch in the win column this weekend when they host Chillwack Red, a team they shut out by a 34-0 score earlier this season.
â€“ by Julie Fennell
It took a giant effort from a team of peewee football players from Chilliwack to beat the North Langley Bears Saturday at McLeod Stadium.
The Chilliwack Giants Blue upended the host Bears 18-6.
The last time they met, in the first week of the season, the Giants and Bears battled to a 18-18 tie.
Halfway through the schedule, the Bears have a record of 2-2-1.
In the first half, the Bearsâ€™ offence was strong as they engineered two lengthy possessions.
Their initial drive resulted in a touchdown when Jaxon Stebbings connected with Mathieu Gale on an eight-yard pass play.
In the final minute of the second quarter, Gale ran the ball to the Chilliwack one yard line, but the Giantsâ€™ defence held firm and the drive ended when the half expired. That turned out to be the last scoring opportunity for the Bears.
In the second half, the Giants defence repeatedly forced turnovers on downs and the Bears had poor field position.
Their longest play of the game, a 33-yard run by Gale in the fourth quarter, brought them just across midfield.
On the other side of the ball, in the first half the Bears struggled to contain the Giants, who put together two long drives of their own.
Chilliwack went six-for-six on third down conversions, and two of those plays were for touchdowns.
But it was a different story in the second half, when the Bears stopped the Giants on third down four out of five times.
The first of those stops came deep in Bearsâ€™ territory when Jacob Deibert brought down the ball carrier for a loss.
Later, a quarterback sack by Jacob Evans nine yards behind the line of scrimmage set the stage for another turnover on downs.
Several tackles each were registered by Marcus Stang, Brandon Folkerts, Nick Reimer, and Mathieu Gale as part of the Bearsâ€™ defensive effort.
â€“ Andy Faust
The Bears flag teams split into red and yellow squads to play Abbotsford and Meadow Ridge last weekend.
Both sides played well, with the red squad tying Meadow Ridge and beating Abbotsford.
Players on all teams showed impressive skill levels, and plays of note included exceptional pass coverage by Colton Matheson and Ronan Langford, shutting down the opposing drive at the two yard line.
Sacks by Gideon Bodill and Taylen Goncalves deep in the backfield allowed the Bears to regain possession and march down the field. As well, quarterback Ryan Heutink made an impressive play. Evading heavy pressure, Heutink passed across traffic to receiver Ben Evans, who leaped up to haul in the football. Evans then evaded all pursuers for a 50 yard touchdown in the waning minutes of the game.
The Yellow squad also had strong day, starting with a decisive, 28-0 win over Abbostsford.
Defensively, Aeden Ennis stood out at linebacker by forcing the Abbotsford ball carriers to the inside, where he got support from free safety Triston Todd.
On offence, the Bearsâ€™ ground game was unstoppable. Langley scored four touchdowns on long runs by Damon Bernemann, Finlay Johnston, Sam Sieben, and Jesse Davison.
The Bears then played to a 7-7 draw against Meadow Ridge.
Finlay Johnston scored North Langleyâ€™s lone tally on a long run that saw him weave through pursuing defenders.
Strong defence on both sides made for a hard fought game that saw both teams show some great skills and have lots of fun.
â€“ Flag reports by Glen Johnston (yellow) and Cory Langford (red)
Junior bantam Bears
Great plays by the North Langley junior bantam Bears were not enough against the Abbotsford Falcons on Saturday.
The Falcons flew to a 44-0 victory.
Key timing by the Bears resulted in two interceptions by Trevor Paulenz and a quarterback sack by Jude Wessel.
Kevin Morrisonâ€™s blocking helped to create room for big carries by Brandon Brynjolfson, Evan Rees, Ethan Bernardin, and a first down pass reception by Cadeyrn Barthelson.
Defensively, the Bears slowed down the Falconsâ€™ drive with tackles by Joey Yeomans, Carlos Redekopp, Ronil Chand, and Dakota Jenkins.
The Bears return to their home field at McLeod Athletic Park this Saturday to battle the Meadow Ridge Blue Knights.
â€“ Natalie Valentine