A road trip to Langley sent the Ridge Meadows Knights out to take on the North Langley Bears on Saturday in the Valley Community Football League.
The atom Knights defence, which is led by Quinlan Eales and Colby Van’tHullenaar, was tasked with stopping the Bears quick offense.
Axel Stratton and Austin Pattenden opened up some running lanes to keep Jacob Brass on the move, while Daniel Kalinich captained his offence into the end-zone, as he completed his first pass of the season.
The Bears proved too quick on the corners, and the Knights fell be a score of 22-8.
After falling to the pee wee Bears earlier in the season, the pee wee Knights were hungry for a rematch.
Leading his defence into the heart of Bear country, linebacker Dallas Pattenden, with lineman Angelo Chalmers, kept the Bears offensive drives to three-and-outs for most of the game.
Ridge’s own offensive machine rumbled to life early, as quarterback Ciaran Davies connected with Cody Hogarth to find the end-zone.
The big men up front, Dilrage Chahal, Tyson Smith and Luke Buss, kept the Bears at bay to spring our ball carriers for some big, down-field gains. At the final whistle, the Knights had come up big with a 25-0 victory.
The junior bantam Knights were defeated by the North Langley Bears 39-32, in a game where the Knights gutsy fourth-quarter resurgence put 16 points on the board in their bid to steal a win.
The offensive line led by Christian King, Zac Mayer-Buss, Will Bartolo, Jake Fairley, Jacob Gordon and Mike Volpiana opened holes for Brandon Hunt’s pair of rushing touchdowns as well as providing QB Tim Janke time to throw a touchdown pass to Brayden Hamilton.
On defence, the Knights linebacker core led by Sean Coombs and Jake Loftus made several big plays to shut down the Bears offence in the fourth quarter.
Jacob Peterson and Nathan Barr plugged up the middle of the line of scrimmage with relentless pursuit of the football slowing the Bears inside running game.