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North Langley Bears through to next round

North Langley bantam Bears Won-Jae Boo scores a touchdown during his team
North Langley bantam Bears Won-Jae Boo scores a touchdown during his team's 38-34 win over the Vernon Wolverines.
— image credit: Blair Canning

Marcus Stang scored on their opening drive and the North Langley Bears never looked back, defeating the Chilliwack (Red) Giants 32-6 in the opening round of the atom football playoffs on Saturday in Mission.

Stang would add two more long touchdown runs, while Jun McLean also found the end zone twice in the victory.

Jayden Bailey rounded out the scoring by  kicking a two-point convert.

Brian Pol and Callum Middleton also contributed along the ground with some lengthy runs.

Chris Morrison and Jaxson Stebbings led the defence, while Manny Foitou, Jacob Diebert and Owen Sieben came up with several key tackles.

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The North Langley Bears junior bantam football team geared up for the playoffs with a 28-8 win against the Chilliwack (Blue) Giants in their final regular season game on Saturday at McLeod Park.

Zander Bailey ran for a pair of scores, while Pablo Wigwigan and Jacob Stebbings had one touchdown apiece.

Quarterback Brett Christenson also connected with Andy Hanlen for a score.

Jake Evans and James Limoges anchored a solid Bears defence which pitched a shutout as the lone Giants touchdown came on a kick-off return.

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The North Langley bantam Bears built a commanding 26-7 lead at the half and then hung on for the 38-34 win over the Vernon Wolverines.

Ian Canning scored on a 80-yard kick-off return, as well as a pair of touchdowns apiece from Colton Pierce and Won Jae Boo and another from Maximillian Joseph who caught a touchdown pass in the end zone from Kenzie Oram.

The defence was led by Taryn Taylor, Jake Laberge, Tyler Aasen and Boo, who came up with a fumble recovery.

Brandon Sang had some chain-moving runs along the ground while Darian Pritchard hauled in a couple of passes.

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The North Langley peewee Bears could not overcome the bad weather of high winds and pouring rain which severely affected their passing game, losing 22-0 to the Chilliwack (Blue) Giants.

The Bears’ Brandon Brynjolfon thought he had scored a touchdown, only to have it called back due to penalty.

Damon Limoges, Trevor Paulenz, Caderyn Barthelson and Ken McLean led the way for the defence.

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The North Langley midget Bears dropped a 40-0 decision to the Vernon Magnums.

Sebastian Joseph and Mook Kim lead the Bears ground attack and quarterback Braeden Pritchard connected with David Fredo on several passes but the Bears could not sustain a long enough drive to score.

For the defence, James Aalhus came up with a fumble recovery.

The four 18-year old Bears turned in solid performances in their last community football game of their career: Alain Velo with numerous tackles, Zach Guy as linebacker, Spencer Werenka as center and Akash Verma on the line.

Blair Canning

CFL Hall-of Famer Lui Passaglia making the raffle draw for tickets to the Grey Cup, flanked by North Langley Football Association’s Steve Aasen and junior bantam player Andrew Canning.

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