Huskers to see less Raiders in 2012

The Chilliwack Huskers will only face the defending champion Vancouver Island Raiders once during the 2012 BC Football Conference season.

The B.C. Football Conference released their 2012 schedule last week, one that has the Chilliwack Huskers opening on the road Aug. 5.

Chilliwack’s junior football squad faces the Kamloops Broncos in week one.

The Husker home opener is Aug. 11 as they host Victoria’s Westshore Rebels.

The BCFC is adopting an unbalanced schedule this year that will see the league’s traditional heavyweights, the Vancouver Island Raiders and Okanagan Sun, face each other three times during the regular season.

The unbalanced slate will see the Huskers face the Rebels three times, twice at home and once on the road.

BCFC president Frank Naso said the move is aimed at increasing parity around the league.

The Huskers lost twice to the Raiders last year, by scores of 52-3 and 75-0. Chilliwack will only face them once this year, visiting Nanaimo on Sept. 8.

With a slightly softer schedule, the league hopes to avoid having the Huskers go 0-10 for a third consecutive season.

After their home opener, Chilliwack’s Exhibition Stadium dates are Sept. 15 (Langley Rams), Sept. 22 (Rebels), Oct. 6 (Sun) and Oct. 13 (Broncos).

The winner of the BCFC will host the Canadian Bowl this year.

The Raiders are have taken the BCFC title the last six years and claimed Canadian championships in 2006 and 2009.

Find the full BCFC schedule at bcjuniorfootball.ca.