Two Pitt Meadows football teams make playoffs for first time

For the first time, both the Pitt Meadows varsity and junior varsity football teams will be in the playoffs.

For the first time, both the Pitt Meadows varsity and junior varsity football teams will be in the playoffs.

The senior squad had to again get past the Langley Saints to take their playoff berth, and the Marauders came through with a 50-29 victory on Friday.

With the win they finish 4-3, in fourth place in the double A Eastern Conference. Pitt opens the playoffs on Saturday in Nanaimo, when they take on John Barsby, the top team from the Western Conference, who went a perfect 6-0, and boast a defence that allowed only 34 points to be scored against them during the regular season.

In Friday night’s win in Langley, an 85-yard kickoff return for the score from Marauder Mark Ashamalla, opened the second half, and broke a 14-14 tie.

Pitt was led by running backs Dalton Hebblethewaite, who had 17 carries for 260 yards, and four touchdowns, and Brandon Stewart, who had three carries for 50 yards and a score.

QB Jake Schuster was 8-for-12 for 130 yards. Three of those passes went to Manny Gill who finished the game with 100 receiving yards.

Tackle Cole White had two sacks and linebacker Zach Hetherington five tackles to lead the defence.

Pitt’s junior varsity team won five straight games to finish the season, including a 12-6 victory over Seaquam last week. On Wednesday (today) at 3 p.m. they will host the Robert Bateman Timberwolves in their first playoff game.