FOOTBALL: North Delta Longhorns fall in championship game

Three of the club’s teams, peewee, junior bantam and bantam, played hard-fought games on Nov. 20 at John Oliver Park.

Coquitlam Vikings defenders stop a North Delta Longhorn’s drive for the red zone during the Vancouver Mainland Football League championship game at John Oliver Park on Nov. 20.

It was a heartbreaking weekend for the North Delta Longhorns.

Three of the club’s teams, peewee, junior bantam and bantam, played hard-fought games on Nov. 20 at John Oliver Park.

The junior bantam team and Coquitlam Vikings battled like stags for the Vancouver Mainland Football League (VMFL) cup, but the Vikings proved too much, downing the Longhorns 26-0. As VMFL champions, the Vikings will proceed towards provincials.

Earlier in the day, the Longhorns’ peewee team lost to the South Delta Rams 12-6 in the first round of the Commissioner Cup semi-final, and the club’s bantam team lost to the Langley Mustangs 20-0 in their final regular season game.

The junior bantam Longhorns couldn’t seem to find any holes on Sunday, save for the ones in their own defence that cost the team two touchdowns and a stomping two-point conversion, leaving them behind 14-0 at the end of the first half.

Vikings’ running back Tremel States-Jones managed to push through a defensive gap for a huge 50-yard sprint for the first major of the game. Soon after, another gap in the linebackers yielded a similar Longhorns folly, leading to another 50-yard run for goal.

North Delta Longhorns' Xavier Cole makes a rush in high traffic during their championship game against the Coquitlam Vikings at John Oliver in Delta on Nov. 20, 2016. Vikings won the game 26-0.

North Delta Longhorns’ Xavier Cole makes a rush in high traffic during their championship game against the Coquitlam Vikings at John Oliver in Delta on Nov. 20, 2016. Vikings won the game 26-0. Photo credit: Kier Junos

Seeing Tremel run down the field with no one able to catch him is awesome,” said Vikings’ player Massimo Ryan.

“The blocking needs to be better,” said Longhorns coach Shane Galloway at halftime. “The linebackers were doing their job, but these defensive holes will happen at any age.”

In the second half, the Vikings kept up the pressure, pushing the Longhorns’ defensc into their own end and eventually crumbling them at third and inches for the game’s final touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

“It’s been a tough road for us,” said Vikings coach Joe Garcea, adding that for all the work the team has done, this win “puts everything into perspective.”

As the winning team hoisted high their golden football trophy at the 55 yard line, cameras flashing off their bright grins, Galloway huddled the Longhorns beneath the shadow of their bench area for a sober debriefing.

“Yeah. It hurts,” Galloway said. “That’s the nature of the beast, boys.”

While the Longhorns dispersed with their shoulders slumped, Galloway remained hopeful for his players.

“They’re young,” he said. “They have much more good football and many championships ahead.”

Just Posted

Road closures in Cloverdale as Surrey crews battle house fire

Drivers urged to avoid area after fire in 17200-block of 58th Avenue

Third site of homeless housing project may be across from Surrey rec centre

This would be the third and final location for 160-unit modular housing project in Whalley

LETTER: Without a doubt, LRT is the best system for Surrey

Surrey Board of Trade CEO makes case for light rail in a letter to Mayors’ Council chair Derek Corrigan

UPDATE: Police probe fuel truck and train collision in Port Coquitlam

CP Rail reporting no injuries, driver of truck is safe.

EXCLUSIVE: A first look inside Surrey’s new Civic Hotel, with video

B.C.-themed floors in the 144-room, Marriott-branded hotel, due open in March

North Delta science students say so long poster board, hello arcade machines

Delview Secondary students to showcase their interactive science projects at Delview Exhibition 2018

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

UPDATED: 10 Safeways in Lower Mainland to close

Locations in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, Richmond and Mission slated to shut

Vancouver Islanders ponder need for tsunami siren song

Alarm sounds in Port Alberni but not at the DND base in Esquimalt

Five charged in bid to shut pop-up pot market in Vancouver’s Robson Square

Marijuana flower, edibles, money and some weapons were seized as part of weekend raid

Babcock, Goyette and Smyth honoured at Order of Hockey in Canada

Mike Babcock, from Saskatoon, guided the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008

Bell Canada alerts customers who may be affected by latest data breach

Federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner said it had been notified

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

Most Read