North Surrey Bears defenders Shawn Domingo (10)

Bears rally to upset Stampeders

North Surrey stops Langley in B.C. championship game

The North Surrey Bears avenged their only loss of the season, defeating the Langley Stampeders 28-21 in overtime to claim the B.C. Community Football Association’s Midget Division championship Nov. 29 in Langley.

The Bears went 9-1 (won-lost) in regular season play, the only loss a 31-8 setback to the 10-0 Stampeders on Oct. 26. And for much of the provincial championship game, it appeared Langley would remain undefeated in 2014.

The Stampeders scored two touchdowns in the second quarter for a 21-7 lead, a 14-point advantage they would take into the fourth quarter.

Jamel Lyles led the Bears comeback, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the final period of regulation time to force overtime.

In the second overtime, Emeka Okuma caught a touchdown pass from Colby Peters and Jordan Gamez kicked the convert to put North Surrey ahead. The Bears defense kept Langley out of the end zone on the Stampeders possession, clinching the victory when Rahshon Loobie tipped a third down pass out of the reach of a receiver.

Willy Brennan scored North Surrey’s first touchdown of the game. Lyles was named the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Josh Jeyamanharon of the Bears was the Most Sportsmanlike player.

Five championship games were played in Langley on Nov. 29, including the Pee Wee Division final which saw the North Delta Longhorns blank the North Langley Bears 36-0. Adam Hoegg of North Delta was the game’s MVP.

In the Junior Bantam final, the North Surrey Eagles lost 18-6 to the Victoria Renegades. Antonio Pamintuan was the Eagles’ MVP.

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