Huskers hang with high-powered Sun

Chilliwack's Valley Huskers made a game of it before falling 38-17 to the Okanagan Sun in weekend BC Football Conference action.

A Valley Husker team looking for any type of victory got a moral one Saturday, giving the high-powered Okanagan Sun a tough test at Townsend Park Saturday afternoon.

The Huskers lost the game 38-17.

But considering the score the last time these teams met, they showed they are a much improved team.

The Sun smacked the Huskers 65-10 in a week one BC Football Conference game in Kelowna, a result that was later turned into a 1-0 Husker win due to a roster irregularity.

On Saturday, Chilliwack was right with the Sun up to halftime, trailing 19-10 at the break.

A lousy third quarter killed the Huskers, who trailed 33-10 through 45 minutes.

But the big picture suggests a team heading in the right direction.

The Huskers did some good things offensively.

Quarterback Cody Parray had a good day, completing 20 of 32 passes for 159 yards.

“He protected the ball well, and he was efficient,” Husker head coach Tyson St. James said of his pivot, who also scrambled four times for 31 yards.

Blake Draper proved uncoverable, catching 14 balls for 104 yards to lead the receivers.

“He is coming on to be the player I thought he could be,” St. James said.

Husker running backs averaged four yards per carry, led by Ty Derayos, who chewed up 70 yards on 20 rushes.

Derayos had Chilliwack’s only offensive touchdown.

Kicker Dan Erickson booted a 33 yard field goal, and had a single point off a miss.

The other Husker major came from Jerry Sidhu, who returned a fumble 25 yards.

Kris Bush had an interception and Hayden Jeffries a quarterback sack as the Huskers held the high-powered Sun offence to 302 net yards.

“I feel we’re getting stronger as a D each week, and some of our younger players are starting to respond to the coaching,” St. James said. “Our coverage has been much better, and that’s just players understanding where they are and where they need to be.”

Alex Bradley, Lerone Robinson and Tommy Howes had offensive majors for the Sun, who had three field goals as well.

The other Sun major came off a blocked punt.

Chilliwack visits Langley this weekend.

Just Posted

Rescue boat theft marks third in 3 years for Agassiz-based SAR team

Eight-metre Spirit of Harrison rescue vessel was stolen Friday night, found Saturday morning

CRA scam the email edition targeted the Mounties in Chilliwack

Fraudsters claim to be from the Canada Revenue Agency but the CRA never operates this way

COLUMN: Student voices give me hope for the future

Student Caleb Pennington wanted to know why something was taken off the agenda. So he asked.

Chilliwack newcomers celebrate multicultural community

Local Immigration Partnership helping new Canadians and refugees settle into new life

VIDEO: Rubik’s Rumble a hit at Chilliwack middle school

Students fill gymnasium for first annual tournament focusing on popular puzzle toy

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Canadian research vessel to explore 19th Century shipwrecks

Commissioned this week in Victoria, the RV David Thompson is Parks Canada’s newest vessel

VIDEO: ‘New wave’ of anti-pipeline protests return to Trans Mountain facility

About 100 demonstrators with Protect the Inlet marched to the Burnaby terminal Saturday

B.C. man to plead guilty in connection with hit-and-run that killed teen

Jason Gourlay charged with failure to stop at the scene of accident, attempting to obstruct justice

Most Read