LANGLEY â€” Saturday (Nov. 29) was a big day for a pair of North Surrey Minor Football teams.
The organization’s Junior Bantam (Eagles) and Midget (Bears) squads made the 12-man provincial championship finals of the B.C. Community Football Association, with all games played at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.
The Midget Bears team, with players aged 16 to 18, scored the championship title after a thrilling 28-21 "Texas shootout" double-overtime victory over the Langley Stampeders.
The Stampeders, undefeated all season, took a 21-7 lead after the first quarter and appeared well on their way to completing the perfect season until the Bears slowly started chipping away at their lead.
Starting in the second quarter, the Bears roared back to win the game on the frozen turf. The team’s MVP was Jamal Lyles.
"We lost in the championship game last season," coach Kim Walters said. "So our goal from the start of this season was to win this game, and we did."
In an earlier game, the Eagles, with players aged 12 and 13, fell 18-6 to Victoria Renegades in their title game. The Eagles’ MVP was Antonio Pamintuan.
In other action, the Pee Wee division title went to North Delta Longhorns after their 36-0 win over North Langley Bears. Adam Hoegg was named game MVP for the Longhorns.
The Bantam division championship went to South Delta Rams, who punted Langley Mustangs 23-0.