A pair of top peewee teams clashed in minor football action as North Langley’s Bears paid a visit to Chilliwack’s Townsend Park to face the White Giants last weekend.
Second place was on the line in this one, and the Giants earned it with a 19-13 win.
The game was decided in the final minute. With 40 seconds left and the ball deep in Bears territory, Carson Breland ripped off a 14 yard touchdown run. Breland had 146 rushing yards on the day running behind offensive linemen Max Kiener, Ben Fleenor, Wyatt Knoke, Cooper Cools and Owen Franklin.
Running back Logan Sargent picking up 79 rushing yards and Dawson Holdridge had 48, with both finding the endzone on touchdown runs.
The Chilliwack defence had a big day.
Breland led the way with five bone-crushing hits. Sargent forced two fumbles and defensive captain Peter Froese forced one. All three were recovered by the Giants.
Kayden Gannon had two massive hits on special teams and had a huge onside kick recovery.
The Giants head into the playoffs this weekend, facing the Meadow Ridge Knights in a Valley Community Football League semi-final on Saturday (Nov. 6).
The peewee Blue Giants were in tough against the first-place Abbotsford Falcons last Saturday (Oct. 30), putting up a fierce fight before falling 30-0.
A shaky start put Chilliwack in an early hole, but the defence stiffened, and held the high-powered Falcons to just one score in the second half. Tackles Parker Hansen and Cole Dempsey plugged the holes in the middle of the field, forcing Abby to go outside, right into the waiting arms of defensive ends Mason Natrall and Landon Keddy. Those two combined for 10 tackles and five quarterback sacks.
When Falcon runners did get outside, cornerbacks Mason Adam and Ike Castensen forced them back into the middle where linebackers Caleb Deacon, Calyn Barwich and Logan Rainkie brought them down. Halfbacks Kaden Mould and Carter Charlie shed blockers to meet the Falcons at the line of scrimmage, tackling them before they could break free.
Offensively, Nolan Green’s blocking allowed running back Jackson Gamboa roll up over 90 yards. Linemen Lucas McCoy, Dallas Beier and Austin Peirce held up well against a blitz-happy Abby D, giving quarterbacks Barwich and Kingston Moran plenty of time to direct the offence. Tight ends Tyce Underwood and Anthony Stelcer both ran for positive yards and opened holes for running back Deacon. Receivers AJ Wood and Tyson Jorgenson fought continuously against the Falcons corners, stepping between them and the Chilliwack runners.
The Giants finish their season Nov. 12 with a game against the Mission Niners.