North Langley Bears win big in VMFL title game

For the first time since 1995, the North Langley Bears are Valley Community Football League peewee division champions.

The trophy was hoisted after a resounding 36-6 win over the Abbotsford Falcons Nov. 15 at McLeod Stadium.

The Bears generated nearly 300 yards of offence and their highest point total of the season.

They will be back at McLeod this Saturday, Nov. 29 to face the Vancouver league champion, in their bid to win two titles in the same season.

In regular season play the North Langley defence gave up the second fewest number of points in the league, and they stayed true to form in the final by limiting the Abbotsford offence to a single touchdown and 129 yards total offence.

Six times, the Bears forced a turnover on downs, twice after only three plays.

Brandon Folkerts registered seven solo tackles and had a part in at least five others.

Marcus Stang opened up the scoring near the end of the first quarter when he sped through a gap in the Abbotsford line and raced down the field for 80 yards and six points.

With that run, the Bears’ leading rusher went over 1,000 years on the season.

Near the end of the second quarter, Caleb Faust swept left after a fake hand-off to Stang going up the middle.

Key blocks opened up a huge hole, enabling Faust to fly through the defence untouched to the end zone from the Abbotsford 43 yard line.

On the opening drive of the third quarter, Faust had a similar scamper for 39 yards that took the ball into Abbotsford territory.

That led to another major on a 20-yard run by Mathieu Gale.

Down 20-0, the Falcons put together their longest possession of the game.

Running back Carter Squire made a 20-yard catch and run on a third down play, and he capped off the drive with a five-yard touchdown run.

But on the point-after attempt, Squire was brought down at the two yard line by North Langley’s Connor Bernardin.

On the next possession, the Bears’ offence engineered a 73-yard drive, using up most of the fourth quarter and ending any chance of a comeback.

Although the Falcons’ defence stopped the Bears at the three yard line, North Langley’s defence forced a quick turnover on downs.

On the next play,  Williams plowed ahead for the touchdown.

Desperate for quick yardage the Falcons went to the air, but Mathieu Gale clipped their wings by intercepting an errant pass at the North Langley 43 yard line.

With a wall of Bears ahead of him to block, he returned the ball 52 yards to the Abbotsford 15, and four plays later swept right from the eight yard line for his second major.

Tyson Hoy’s point-after kick was one of three successful attempts on the day, yielding six points.

 

– by Andy Faust

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