It took until the fourth game of the peewee football season for the North Langley Bears to meet their match.
The Bears suffered their first loss of 2014, losing 12-7 in Abbotsford to the Falcons.
The result leaves the Bears with a 2-1-1 record.
After a sluggish first half, the Bearsâ€™ offence found its rhythm and kept the ball for the entire third quarter.
Early in the fourth stanza, quarterback Jordan Williams plowed forward for two yards and six points, capping a 20-play, 85-yard drive that saw six different Bears carry the ball.
Leading the North Langley running attack was Marcus Stang, who rushed for 76 net yards on the day. Those totals included a 31-yard scamper midway through the fourth quarter, thanks to a key block from Jacob Evans.
The Bearsâ€™ defence started out strong, ending Abbotsfordâ€™s first two possessions after three plays and forcing a turnover on downs twice more in the game.
Four Bears registered tackles for losses, with the combined efforts of Nick Reimer and Chris Morrison pushing the Falcons back by 19 yards.
However, the Bears were unable to stop Abbotsfordâ€™s Carter Squire, whose big plays gave the Falcons the edge.
In the second quarter when two Bears together failed to bring Squire down in the backfield, he found open field to the right and went 71 yards up the sideline for the gameâ€™s first touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Squire returned a kickoff 51 yards to the Bears 15 yard line, which set up the Falconsâ€™ game-winning major four plays later.
â€“ by Andy Faust
Junior bantam Bears
The Bears dominated the Ridge Meadow Knights last Saturday to capture their first win of the season, beating the Knights 19-0 at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary in Maple Ridge.
Bears quarterback Brandon Brynjolfson ran for two touchdowns while Evan Rees had a touchdown and rushed for the one point convert.
The Bearsâ€™ defensive line was very strong with some big tackles from Brodie Tarling, Evan Rees, Alex Roanld, Ben Pascoe, Jude Wessel, Jacob Thorpe, Dakota Jenkins, Carlos Redekopp, and Joey Yeomans.
Offensively, Kevin Morrison cleared the way for Brynjolfson to score his second touchdown of the day.
Cadeyrn Barthelson blocked a pass and carried the ball six yards for a first down in the first quarter.
Rees had a nifty first down run up the middle for eight yards in the fourth quarter.
There was another big gain when Brynjolfson threw a complete pass to Trevor Paulenz, gaining 15 yards.
Pascoe blocked a kick and Brynjolfson was able to catch a pass.
The Knights suffered a few injuries and penalties with one being roughing the passer for a 15 yard penalty, which put the Bears at first and goal.
The Bears are back in action Saturday against Abbotsford. Kickoff at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford is at 11:45 a.m.
â€“ Deb Telus
The Bearsâ€™ potent offence was on full display as they rolled to a 40-12 drubbing of the Westside Warriors Sunday afternoon.
Connor Hurley threw two touchdown passes, one to Alex Henderson and another to Andy Hanlen, while Pablo Wigwigan and Ryan Taylor also had catches for the Bears.
On the ground, Zander Bailey had a huge game, rolling up 169 yard and three touchdowns on 10 carries.
Caleb Nielson scored the remaining North Langley touchdown.
The Bears offensive line, anchored by Rene Clairoux and Kevin Solares, protected the quarterback all game while constantly punching holes in the Westside defense for North Langley running backs.
On defence, hard hitting Riley Jones had a particularly strong game for the Bears.
And for the second time this season, a hustling Ryan Barthleson caused a turnover when he raced downfield on a kickoff to recover the football before the opposition could gain control.
The Bears will once again defend their unbeaten streak, this time against Vancouver Saturday at McLeod Athletic Park.
â€“ by Chris Hurley
The Bears fell to Meadow Ridge Gold, losing 25-0 to the home team.
Despite the loss, a few of the Bears had outstanding games.
Kayden Bell made several great tackles.
Troy Edwards had some great runs for first downs, and chipped in with a 15 yard reception on a great throw from Owen Sieben in the second quarter.
Ty Gallinger made several tackles, including one for a five yard loss in the second quarter.
Ezekiel Bodill, Annika Key, and Manny Fotiou also provided some bright spots for the Bearsâ€™ defence, contributing tackles for losses during the game.