It was expected to be a titanic struggle between two minor football giants.
And the midget-aged contest pitting the first place Langley Stampeders against the second place North Surrey Bears delivered.
In the end, the Stamps rolled to a 21-6 win to stay on top of the B.C. Community Football League Midget Division standings.
The first quarter was predominately a mid-field battle between the 35 yard lines, as neither defence was prepared to give an inch.
Several of the series were two downs and out trips.
During the second stanza, Nathan Murray returned a third down kick for 26 yards, setting the Stamps up on the Bears’ 51 yard line.
Langley marched down field, capping the drive with Tyan Ackah-Sanzah catching a Devante Wilson pass for the touchdown.
Surrey blocked the convert try.
Langley’s defence forced Surrey into a kicking situation on the next series.
Murray again had a great kick return, bringing the ball back 43 yards and placing the ball at the Bears’ 32.
The Stamps’ ensuing drive was capped Kyle Clarot’s successful 19-yard field goal kick as the half ended with Langley leading 9-0.
The second series of the third stanza saw Azuka Okoli break through with a 36 yard romp from his own 37, to the Surrey 37.
The Bears held fast again, forcing the Stamps into another field goal try.
This time, Clarot was successful from the Bears’ 24.
Surrey’s next drive was snuffed out when Josh Fletcher intercepted a pass and set up his team on the Surrey 41.
The drive stalled but was capped off with a two pointer when the Surrey punt returner was forced back into the end zone.
Langley led 14-0 going into the final stanza.
The defences continued to be stingy in the fourth period.
Langley’s bright spot was a five-play downfield trek that was topped off with Ackah-Sanzah’s second touchdown of the day, with time was running down.
The Bears ended the shutout bid as, after returning the kickoff to their 20 yard line, they moved into Langley territory, assisted by a couple of unnecessary penalties against the Stamps.
As the clock ran out, Surrey connected on a pair of pass plays, resulting with a touchdown on the final play of the game.
Langley’s next game is on Saturday, Oct.23 at 5:30 p.m. against their crosstown rivals North Langley Kodiaks.