Getting to the BC Community Football 12-man provincial bantam football championship game takes a lot.
It takes the commitment and dedication of roughly 30 teenagers to spend four to five hours together each week for 20 weeks, honing their skills.
It takes playing 14 games and winning.
It takes six coaches, two trainers, a team manager, and the support of the Langley Minor Football organization.
It takes the encouragement to excel from your teammates, family and friends.
The Langley Mustangs did, and had all these attributes, but were denied in their attempt to win back to back trophies by the South Delta Rams on Saturday, in the bitter cold at McLeod Stadium.
On a snowy field, the Rams blanked the Mustangs 23-0 to capture the B.C. championships.
Both teams fought equally through the first quarter, ending at a 0-0.
The Rams then put 16 points on the board during the second stanza to take a big lead into halftime.
The South Delta squad was aided in large part by its defensive goal line stand late in the quarter, where the Mustangs failed to put the ball into the end zone on three short yardage tries.
There was no scoring in the third quarter.
A costly fumble and turnover on the Delta five yard line again wasted a scoring opportunity for the Mustangs.
The final frame saw South Delta quarterback Michael Calvers, who was named game MVP, add his second touchdown of the day on a long run from scrimmage on a broken play.
Leading the Vancouver Mainland Football League champion Mustangs was running back Sebastian Okoli, who was named as his teamâ€™s game MVP.