North Langley Bears’ Annika Key tackles a Chilliwack Giants ball carrier during her atom football team’s 40-0 victory on Saturday morning at McLeod Athletic Park. Key had a great game with two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery.

North Langley Bears blast Knights

Bears dominate in gridiron action at McLeod Athletic Park

Marco Kee took the opening kick-off all the way back for a touchdown and the rout was on for the North Langley Bears.

The Bears defeated the Chilliwack Red Giants 40-0 in atom football at McLeod Athletic Park on Saturday.

It was one of three touchdowns Kee scored in the rout with Keaghan Hurley, Owen Sieben and Caleb Price scoring one each. Taylor Bear added 60 yards of rushing to help North Langley keep the chains moving.

The defence was led by Annika Key, who had two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery. Ty Gallinger also had a sack and a fumble recovery while Rylan Middleton, Hunter Morton, Caleb Price and Manny Fotiou had key tackles.

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A spirited defensive effort which didn’t allow a single second-half point helped the North Langley Bears beat the Meadow Ridge Knights 23-6 in peewee football at McLeod Athletic Park.

The teams were tied at six at the half, but the second half was all North Langley as they improved to 3-2-1 and moved ahead of the Knights in the quest for a playoff spot.

The Bears used a multi-faceted rushing attack as five players combined for 302 yards along the ground.

Marcus Stang led the way with 126 yards and the first touchdown.

Caleb Faust rushed for a pair of scores and 89 yards and Mathieu Gale had 64 yards.

The defence was outstanding, surrendering just 102 yards of offence, 38 of which came on the Knights’ lone scoring drive.

The North Langley defence forced four turnovers on downs, with three of those coming from solo tackles courtesy of Brandon Folkerts, Jacob Evans and Faust.

Chris Morrison also got the defence some points with a safety.

Tyson Hoy was also good on a convert attempt while Jordan Williams serving as the holder.

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The North Langley Bears are alone in first place after winning a showdown between the league’s lone two unbeaten teams.

The bantam Bears emerged with a 35-13 win over the visiting Richmond Raiders on Saturday at McLeod Athletic Park.

Quarterback Jacob Stebbings threw three touchdown passes — a 23-yarder to Treven Baarts, a 19-yard pass to Alex Henderson and a 72-yard catch-and-run to Andy Hanlen.

Zander Bailey faced a stout run defence, but still managed 121 yards on 15 carries.

The Bears final score was from Pablo Wigwigan, who scored on a 57-yard reverse.

North Langley’s defence countered Richmond’s superior size with speed and quickness, led by Nick Lacroix, Connor Hurley and Wigwigan. Lacroix and Hurley both came up with fumble recoveries.

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Evan Rees and Brandon Brynjolfson scored a touchdown apiece in the second half as the North Langley junior bantam Bears shut-out the Ridge Meadows Knights  12-0 on Saturday at McLeod Athletic Park.

Ben Pascoe, Alex Ronald and Trevor Paulenz all came up with interceptions for the defence.

Rees and Brynjolfson each had strong games on both sides of the ball.

Quarterback Michael Huggan kept the Knights defence off-track with pass completions to Ayden Holloway and Cadeyrn Barthelson.

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The North Langley Bears flag team split into two squads and each played twice against the Mission 9ers.

The yellow squad won both their games while the red team finished with a victory and a tie.

The yellow squad got touchdowns from Taylen Gonclaves and Jesse Davison, who out-ran their pursuers all the way to the end zone. The highlight of the game was the concentration of Damon Bernemann, who managed to keep his eyes on a tipped pass from quarterback Ryan Heutink, to haul in the pass and score. Colton Matheson and Ronan Langford led the defence.

Sam Sieben scored on the first play of the game in the red team’s tie while in the victory, Ben Evans scored a pair of touchdowns and Finlay Johnston had the other.

Mark Morrison/submitted picture

Jacob Ronald (#57) takes down the Ridge Meadows Knights ball carrier during junior bantam football at McLeod Athletic Park.

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