The Langley Outlaws ground game took the air out of the Cloverdale Cougars aerial attack.
The Outlaws ran their way to a 46-16 victory in junior bantam football on Sunday.
Riley Hegedus had three touchdowns and Azuka Okoli found the end zone twice.
Both players had long touchdown runs with Hegedus scoring on a 71-yarder while Okoli found pay dirt from 65 yards out.
Sheldon Gangloff also rushed for one score.
The ground game was aided greatly by the blocking off the offensive line. Benjamin Wheaton, Owen Jenkins, Alec Rachmat, Damen Norris, Ross Baykey and Travis Evans opened up huge holes for the backs to run through. Joe Nickel and Jack Murphy were also pressed into duty along the o-line and did a great job.
Langley’s quarterbacks also contributed a pair of touchdown passes with Noah Tombe hitting Jacob Jelic with a 22-yarder and then Jelic taking a turn behind centre and connecting with Nathan Arend from a dozen yards out. On Arend’s touchdown catch, he made a spectacular catch in tight coverage over the head of the Cloverdale defender.
Jacob Smart, Gangloff and Jelic added converts.
The defence was led by Connor Desnoyers and Jordan Begg, while Gangloff also came up with an interception.
The Langley Bandits came up with a goal-line stand as time expired as they defeated the Richmond Raiders 14-12 in flag action.
Victoria Sull and Zaeden Pleasants came up with the game-saving stop on the Richmond drive.
Vaughn Pinchin, Jordan Tomica and Kyle Rowe ran for touchdowns with Tomica also nailing the convert.
The offensive line came up big in the win, as Kirkland Roloff, Jacob Thorpe, Jake Kirby, Cody Oliver, Rylan Trafford and Kyle Rowe kept the defence in check.
Quarterback Quintin Steinmann also ran the ball effectively.
The unbeaten Coquitlam Lions proved too much for the Langley Broncos, winning their atom football match-up 34-0.
The Broncos trailed 13-0 at the half, but the Lions took control — thanks to controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball — in the second half.
The Langley peewee Cowboys fell short, losing 24-18 to the New Westminster Hyacks.
Thomas-Jay Fujimura scored a pair of touchdowns while the third came courtesy of the defence on a Tyson Tombe fumble recovery in the end zone.
John Crompton came up with a blocked convert.
The defence was led the strong tackling of Stryker Roloff, Liam Jeffrey, Tysen Bright, Liam Roberts, Jason Vleeming, Shea Wutke, Deandre Mounce, Brodie Thomas, Kevin Hollowink and Tombe.
Offensively, Fujimura, Jack Laurin, Nico Gerussi and Devin Armstrong were effective in rushing the ball.
Armstrong, the team’s quarterback, also completed a pass over the middle to Dylan Eugster to get the ball to the New West five-yard line. Unfortunately, the drive ended with a fumble on the one.
Jassa Randhawa was solid on kick-off returns for the Cowboys.