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Knights win junior bantam title

Chico David of the Meadow Ridge Knights is tackled by a member of the Chilliwack Blue Giants during the junior bantam final at Samuel Robertson Technical School’s artificial turf field on Saturday. The Knights defeated the Blue Giants 36-8 to take the Valley Community Football League junior bantam championship. - Colleen Flanagan
Chico David of the Meadow Ridge Knights is tackled by a member of the Chilliwack Blue Giants during the junior bantam final at Samuel Robertson Technical School’s artificial turf field on Saturday. The Knights defeated the Blue Giants 36-8 to take the Valley Community Football League junior bantam championship.
— image credit: Colleen Flanagan

The Meadow Ridge Knights junior bantam football team are Valley Community Football League champions after defeating the Chilliwack Blue Giants 36-8 Saturday afternoon at Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School.

Despite Chilliwack averaging close to 40 points per game going into the league final, the Knights defence held the 9-1 Blue Giants to just a single major score and just one play for more than 15 yards.

Justin Fedorak helped out the defence with a huge third down stop while Chico David added an interception and Trent Cooper had a quarterback sack.

Jake Laberge had his best game at quarterback for the Knights, passing for two touchdowns.

The win advances the Knights to the provincial semi-finals, where they will face Victoria on Nov. 26 at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford. The winner of that game gets a berth in the B.C. Community Football Association’s provincial championship game Dec. 4 in Langley.

The atom Gold Knights advanced to the VCFL championship game after beating the Abbotsford Falcons 26-8. The Knights’s defence was key to the win by pouncing on three fumbles and two interceptions.

The Knights controlled the play for the entire game, rushing for 272 total yards while scoring three touchdowns. The atom Gold Knights play again this Saturday in Abbotsford for the VCFL atom Championship against the Mission ‘9ers.

The atom Blue Knights were not as fortunate in their league semi-final game, as they lost 37-20 to Mission in a hard fought match at Samuel Robertson Technical on Saturday. A win would have set up an all-Meadow Ridge VCFL final.

Offensive linemen Tyson Smith and William Ferguson allowed Evan Vasarhely and Nico Zolliker to run the ball effectively, while Mitchell Alcinay, Dominick Hawke, Tristan Hawke and Carlos Redekopp led the defence.

The peewee Gold Knights lost 36-6 to the Abbotsford Black Falcons in their VCFL championship game. The Gold Knights had strong performances on defence from Jaydeep Sachar, Eric Tweeten, and Brayden Hamiltonwhile Justin Nickel picked up a fumble recovery. Dryden Pollon led the offence, running in the Knights’ lone touchdown.

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