The Comox Valley Raiders midget football team squared off with North Surrey at the B.C. nine-man championship final, Saturday, Dec. 4 in Langley.
The boys, 16-18 years, came up a little short, losing 28-21 in an exciting game.
“We played a harder game against them than anyone else has, being the first team to shut them out in the first quarter,” midget team trainer Michelle Daniels said.
The Raiders were up 14-0 in the first quarter on touchdowns from Ashton Lepard and Brodie Lawrie, and an amazing showing from the defence.
Both teams scored in the third to knot the score at 21-21. Raiders quarterback Morgan Crisp connected on a pass to Sebastian Lambert for Comox Valley’s third touchdown. However, Daniels said Surrey “snuck one by us” in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter to secure the win.
After the game, coach Jay Daniels reminded the players that everyone gave it their all.
“We as Raiders couldn’t be more proud of the character and ability of these young men.”
Lambert was named provincial MVP for the Raiders. There is one honour for each team selected by the BCCFA.
The Raiders junior bantam team was scheduled to play in the B.C. final in Chilliwack, but the game was cancelled due to road closures. It will be contested in April.