North Langley Kodiaks ball carrier Drey Blair pulled away from North Surrey Bears tacklers during last weekend's B.C. Community Football League midget semifinal match-up between the two teams. The Kodiaks beat the Bears 17-7.

North Langley Kodiaks ball carrier Drey Blair pulled away from North Surrey Bears tacklers during last weekend's B.C. Community Football League midget semifinal match-up between the two teams. The Kodiaks beat the Bears 17-7.

North Langley midget Kodiaks win, advance to BCFFL final

North Langley's midget football team combined strong defence with explosive offence to tame the North Surrey Bears in the semifinal.

The North Langley Kodiaks booked their ticket to the BCFFL midget division championship game.

But it wasn’t easy.

The Kodiaks travelled to Surrey’s Bear Creek Park, where they clawed to a 17-7 win over the North Surrey Bears in one of two midget division semifinals played last weekend.

In the other semi, the Langley Stampeders blanked the Victoria Spartans, setting up an all-Langley showdown for the provincial title.

The Kodiaks took an early 3-0 lead over the Bears with a 30-yard field goal from Charlie May.

After a Bears touchdown, Kodiaks quarterback Nicholas Nica passed to Drey Blair at the North Langley 35 yard line.

Blair proceeded to run the ball to the Bears end zone for a touchdown, that was converted by May as the Kodiaks jumped ahead 10-7 in the third quarter.

Later, Nica and Blair combined again for another impressive catch-and-run for a score.

Nice hauled in a pass at the Kodiaks 45 and then ran all the way to the Bears end zone (about 65 yards) for his second major of the game. The convert was good as the Kodiaks gave themselves breathing room, up 17-7.

From there, the Kodiaks’ defence took over, led by the strong tackling of May, Daniel Evanow, Curtis Federau, Jonathan Chwaklinsk, and Sam Wegert.

Offensive standouts included Nica, Blair, Isaiah Okoli, Ryan Barthelson, and Jared Slater.