It was a football score befitting a hockey game, and a testament to some great defence from both teams.
The North Langley Bears bantams edged the visiting Victoria Spartans by a 3-2 count Sunday afternoon at McLeod Stadium.
While the Spartans’ offence moved the ball, they couldn’t get it into the end zone.
Victoria’s only points came on a safety touch by the Bears early in the contest.
The two-point margin held most of the game until Bears kicker David Wegert hit a clutch 42 yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Two crucial defensive plays kept the Bears in a position to win.
Andrew Canning stopped Victoria with a huge hit on a Spartans running back who was attempting a third down conversion deep in North Langley territory.
Later, Jacob Ronald’s recovery of an errant Spartans’ lateral pass halted a late drive by Victoria and led to great field position for the Bears.
The win means North Langley moves past Victoria in the standings to take over sole possession of second place in the Valley Community Football League’s Bantam Division standings.
– Chris Hurley
In other North Langley Football action last weekend:
The Bears mauled the Mission Niners 42-0.
Defensively, key tackles by Jacob Deibert, Joshua Hamelin, and Colton Piggot helped keep Mission off the scoreboard.
Offensively, the Bears points came from Owen Sieben passing to Mathieu Gale for a 20-yard touchdown, two touchdown runs by Lance Barker, Sieben passing to Tyson Hoy for a major; and Sieben connecting with Cameron Neal, who hauled in the ball and ran for a touchdown.
Tyson Hoy kicked a trio of two point conversions
– Tricia Hoy
Junior bantam Bears
An injury-depleted Bears squad fell 42-0 to Mission.
Highlights in the loss included the play of Josh Goerson, who had an interception on defence and played a strong game as quarterback, and Jacob Evans and Carlos Redekopp making some strong tackles.
– Natalina MacLeod