Peewee Falcons flying high

The Abbotsford Falcons peewee black football squad scored an upset victory on Saturday to punch their ticket to the B.C. title game.

Samwell Uko of the Falcons stiff-arms a Kelowna Lions opponent during B.C. semifinal action.

The Abbotsford Falcons peewee black community football squad scored an upset victory on Saturday to punch their ticket to the provincial championship game.

The Falcons were considered underdogs heading to the B.C. semifinal, as their opponent, the Kelowna Bears, had beaten them twice at a preseason tournament in August.

But Abbotsford rode a huge fourth quarter to a 34-12 victory. They move on to face North Delta for the B.C. title on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Langley’s McLeod Park.

“The kids are so excited to get to this point, and they’ve been saying that this is their Grey Cup,” Falcons head coach Luis Garcia said with a chuckle. “They’ve been working really hard to get where they are.”

Against Kelowna, the score was tied 6-6 after the third quarter. But the Falcons got a touchdown on the first play of the fourth, and stepped on the gas from there. Samwell Uko (2), Dylan Roach (2) and Tyson Reed scored TDs, while defensive linemen Ebiye Okoko, Addison Kleiber and Tyrel Rolle led the charge defensively.

The Falcons’ presence in the B.C. final is a remarkable statement on the health of grassroots football in Abbotsford. The local association had so many players register at the peewee level this season that they put together a second team in the division. The Falcons white squad, comprised of younger players within the age group, also qualified for the Valley Community Football League playoffs.

“For the Falcons, it’s a proud moment, because you don’t often get that in a club,” Falcons club president Chel Sanghera said, referring to the fact that both teams were very competitive. “It says we’ve got a lot of talent, and a lot of good coaches.”

Just Posted

Threats to the Fraser River at a ‘new zenith,’ says river conservationist

The ‘Heart of the Fraser’ should be deemed ecologically significant according to ORC statement

Fraser Valley Regional District administration/government costs set to rise by 18%

Mosquito control and fire dispatch costs also set for increase

Fraser Valley Bandits name new head coach, general manager

Thunder Bay native Kyle Julius becomes second head coach in team history

Abbotsford owner’s dog to be featured on Jones Soda bottle

Yogi, 10, set to appear on the company’s beverages in the near future

Half of shoppers say they have no holiday spending budget

B.C. consumers surveyed estimate they will spend $921 this season

VIDEO: Rockslide closes Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Infants should be tested for autism if older siblings are diagnosed, Canadian study suggests

Blood test for infants with sibling who’s been diagnosed would get information to families earlier

New centre opens in Fraser Valley to help people on the autism spectrum

The Pacific Autism Family Network opened its Fraser Valley location in downtown Chilliwack

Province gives $4.93M boost to school-based gang prevention program

The funding will see the ‘Erase’ program expand from 12 to 16 communities

VIDEO: Giants fall 3-1 to Victoria in mid-week Island game

The major junior hockey team is back at home in Langley for a toy drive and Santa singalong Friday

Man killed in crash due to ‘absolutely treacherous’ conditions on Coquihalla

Winter means icy roads are dangerous and drivers should be careful, RCMP say

Bag of cocaine left in B.C. grocery store aisle

RCMP: ‘We sure would like to talk to’ person who left drugs behind

Former Burns Lake mayor gets two years for sexual assaults against minors

The Crown is seeking four to six years federal time; the defence wants 18 months in provincial jail

RCMP officer was justified using hose in rooftop standoff: B.C. watchdog

Police watchdog finds officers actions reasonable when man injured in 2018 incident

Most Read