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The Victoria Spartans and North Surrey Bears played essentially a rubber match on Saturday in Langford at Westhills Stadium. The teams split their two regular-season games this season, but this one was for entry into the league final, which turned out to be a close semi-final chess match, won by Victoria by the score of 9-8.

The Spartans finished the regular season in second place while the Bears were third. The game was for a berth into the 2018 BCCFA Football Championships.

The Spartans would limit the Bears to eight first-half points and played well defensively to hold off the hard-charging team that seems adept at both the aerial and ground game. The Spartans escaped the first half with a second-quarter touchdown against, to start the second half down by just 8-0.

Kalen Jules would set the tone from the opening kick off, he marched the ball seventy yards with stunning pass completions to both Connor Way and Brett Cunard, finishing with a touchdown pass to Carter Price to bring the Spartans to within two points of the Bears who were now trailing 8-6.

North Surrey got to the Spartan five-year line on the next turn of the field, but couldn’t get the touchdown. The Spartan defence put up a wall forcing the Bears into a field goal attempt. The snap was mishandled which resulted in a turnover to Victoria. The teams went to the dressing rooms with the score 8-6 for North Surrey.

The Spartans scored an 18-yard field goal by Tyrone Charlie to take the lead 9-8 and that is all that Victora would need to take the rubber match and secure the final game against the North Langley Kodiak in Coquitlam, next Sunday.