Glimmer of hope for Huskers

A strong showing against Kamloops gives the Huskers momentum heading into a winnable game against the visiting Westshore Rebels.

The end result was the same as the Valley Huskers suffered their eighth loss in eight BC Football Conference outings.

But the final score provided hope the Huskers can finish the season strong. In the final game of a five-game stretch away from home, the Huskers (0-8) lost 23-14 to the Kamloops Broncos (6-2) Saturday.

For the first time this season the Huskers out-gained an opponent in net yards.

“We out played them huge but got stopped four times in the redzone,” said head coach Adam Smith. “We came away with no points. That killed us.”

Turnovers also hurt the Huskers, who coughed up three fumbles and two interceptions.

Quarterback Dylan La Prairie had his second best game of the year yardage wise, completing 14 of 30 passes for 276 yards.

Tyron Ledingham led the pass catchers with seven catches and 112 yards, going over 500 for the year.

The Husker ground game finally found some traction, with seven players combining for 27 carries and 169 yards (6.26 YPC). Benedict Muhima led the way with six carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.

R.J. Begg also had a rushing TD with kicker Dan Erickson adding two converts.

Sharif Ali had an outstanding day on the defence, leading the unit with eight solo tackles and three assists. He also had a 20 yard interception return.

Raphael Olivares had a quarterback sack and Colin Currie came up with a fumble recovery.

The Huskers finally play a home game this weekend.

The Huskers host Victoria’s Westshore Rebels Saturday at 1 p.m.

The last one was Aug. 9.

With support from the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre Association, the team will honour three local First Nations athletes.

They are Bob Hall, Herbie Joe and Jason Campbell.

Presale tickets are available at the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre at 8528 Ashwell Rd, or by phone at 604-858-9431.

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