North Langley Bears Brodie Tarling (left to right), Dakota Jenkins and Ethan Bernardin team up to slow an Abbotsford Falcons ball carrier in junior bantam football action.

North Langley Bears Brodie Tarling (left to right), Dakota Jenkins and Ethan Bernardin team up to slow an Abbotsford Falcons ball carrier in junior bantam football action.

Bears second-half rally falls short

North Langley atom football team can't complete the comeback, falling 16-8 to Abbotsford

A second-half rally fell short for the North Langley Bears.

The atom football team was down 16-0 at the half against the Abbotsford Falcons on Sawturday morning at Rotary Stadium. And while the Bears defence pitched a shutout in the second half, the offence was held to just one score, an eight-yard touchdown run from Keaghan Hurley. Ty Gallinger kicked a two-point convert as well.

The Bears defence was steady all game.

Annika Key came up with a fumble recovery, Manny Fotiou had a quarterback sack, as well as several tackles for a loss.

Ezekiel Bodill and Rylan Middleton also has tackles on the defence.

The offensive line of James Johnson, Daniel Lambert and Joshua Hamelin helped open the running lanes for the Bears’ backs. Owen Sieben led the rushing attack with 75 yards.

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The North Langley junior bantam Bears lost 40-0 to the Abbotsford Falcons.

Some of the highlights included a Trevor Paulenz interception and after Alex Ronald fumbled the ball on another play, Ronald never quit on the play, tackling the Abbotsford ball carrier, forcing a fumble and scooping it up for a 20-yard gain. Ronald was also solid on kickoff returns, taking one back 50 yards.

Another hustle play involved quarterback Michael Huggins, who threw an interception, but then came up with a touchdown-saving tackle on the return.

The defence of Paulenz, Brandon Brynjolfson, Joey Yeomans, Jude Wessel, Ronil, Chand, Dakota Jenkins, Evan Rees, Cadeyrin Barthelson, Nicholas Triemstra, Ben Pascoe, Ethan Bernardin and Brodie Tarling were kept busy, each making multiple tackles.

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The North Langley bantam Bears improved to 9-0 after their opponent, the White Rock South Surrey Titans,  forfeited their scheduled game.