Compiled by Jennifer Schroeder/ Special to the Langley Advance
As the North Langley Bears enter week nine, they have finished their season, only some of the teams will go into playoff mode.
PeeWee North Langley Bears went head-to-head with the Abbotsford Falcons on Saturday at McLeod Athletic Park’s Rotary Stadium in a semi-finals game.
Although they will not be advancing due a final score of 32-0 for Abbotsford, the Bears had a strong season.
“We would like to thanks the coaches, players, family and friends for supporting the bears.”
The frigid weather did not seem to slow down the North Langley Junior Bantam Bears this past Saturday, when they took on the Chilliwack Giants blue team at McLeod Athletic Park.
The Bears received the opening kickoff and completed their first possession with a hand-off to Mathieu Gale, who ran it in for the Bears first touchdown.
With the help of the defence and recovering their own kick-offs the Bears dominated time of possession in the first half of the game.
Braedon Vanmuyen would make a great catch to give the Bears their second touchdown of the game heading into the locker room at half time with the score 16-6 for the Bears.
Their defence, with some outstanding play by Ethan Sledding, Kaden Bell, and Nick Reimer, worked well as a team to frustrate the Giants offence.
The Giants attempted to gain momentum in the beginning of the third quarter with the Bears up by only two points.
But a composed Bears defence would come up big to force a turn over on downs and get the ball back into the hands of the offence.
The game remained close until part way through the third quarter, when the Bears persistence paid off.
A solid offensive line allowed quarterback Owen Seiben the time to set up the running game as well as a passing attack.
Power running by Jordan Tomica and Grayson Gehrer kept the ball in the Bears possession and set up three more Bears touchdowns.
Gale would have an outstanding game with five catches and multiple carries on offence, including three of the Bears’ five touchdowns. Gale would also turn around and play defence, getting in on a number of tackles and playing a big part in stopping the Giants.
Bears were victorious 40-20 over the Giants.
North Langley Bantam Bears took to the field at Samuel Robertson Technical in Maple Ridge in the cold – with snow falling – to end their season.
They came to play with their energy high and boys clearly excited about new positions and changes on both offence and defence.
Zack Rohan had an amazing game as a full back with two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown.
Ciaran Davies tried his hand as a running back and successfully punched the ball down the field at every opportunity.
Kaleb Reemeyer and Aaron Linden both managed incredible passing touchdowns respectfully.
Coltrane Davyduck also had a fantastic game with moving the ball consistently.
The SRT Knights didn’t get anywhere near their end zone with this bears’ defence.
Allan Kwai shutdown any possibility for the Knights with a deep interception rounding up the end of the 27-0 game.
First and final win for the Bears Bantam team.
In what could be the warm up to the championship game, the North Langley Kodiaks took on the Langley Stampeders this past Sunday.
It was a matchup of the two top teams in the midget league.
The opening kickoff saw the Langley Stampeders methodically move the ball down the field until Azuka Okoli was able to run it in for the first score of the game.
The point after was good and after a few back-and-forth exchanges of the ball, the first quarter would end 7-0 for the Stamps.
The game settled in to be a defensive battle, as both teams could not sustain drives against the other’s strong defence – despite strong running back play by Langley’s Okoli and the Kodiaks Drey Blair.
The second quarter saw Langley take the ball all the way to the Kodiaks third-yard line before a fumble would give the ball back to the Kodiaks.
With the ball on their own 28-yard line and time winding down in the half, Isaiah Key aired it out to Luke Chalk for a 49-yard gain, but an unsportsmanlike penalty would bring it back 15 yards.
An interception by Langley would bring the half to a close with the score still at 7-0.
The second half would continue to be a defensive battle with neither team able to get into the red zone.
A fake punt and pass by Charlie May to Luke Chalk of the Kodiaks, kept a North Langley third quarter drive going, but a fumbled snap would end another drive.
The game would end right where it started after the first drive at 7-0 for the Langley Stampeders.
Despite the loss, the North Langley Kodiaks would finish the regular season in first place as they enter the playoffs.