The Chilliwack Huskers are 0-2 to start the 2011 season following their second straight home-field loss.
Chilliwack dropped a 37-14 decision to the Kamloops Broncos Saturday night at Exhibition Stadium.
In a game that was closer than the final score would indicate, it was special teams and turnovers making the difference.
Kamloops return man Derek Apps had the biggest impact of any player with a 98 yard punt return touchdown. Apps averaged 11.75 yards on his other four returns, making sure the Kamloops offence played on a shorter field.
Apps was equally disruptive on defence, picking off two Adann Hendrickson passes and taking one back 53 yards for a major.
Hendrickson had a tough night throwing the football.
The Maple Ridge native was sacked twice and intercepted five times in total, with Tyler Lee, Shayne Arthurs and Drew Markortoff also picking the pivot. Ryan Williams added a fumble recovery as the Huskers struggled to hang on to the ball.
With veteran tailback/return man Ben Skerrett sidelined by injury, Misha Otanga got the nod as Chilliwack’s starting running back. The Abbotsford native carried nine times for 49 yards.
Jake McKinnon led all Huskers with four catches for 61 yards. Chilliwack’s Dylan Boykowich caught two balls for 12 yards, as did Adam Leggott.
Peter Johns was the big play threat, reeling in three balls for 100 yards, including a 70 yard touchdown toss from Hendrickson.
Despite spending far too much time on the field and playing most of the game with their backs against the wall, Chilliwack’s defence did a decent job holding the Broncos in check
The Broncos ground game was tough to handle, rolling up 124 yards.
Mike McMaster had 11 carries for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Kamloops quarterback Drew Jacobson threw 22 passes, completing just nine for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Rookie cornerback Tanner Hamade had a 50 yard interception return for a touchdown. Levi Weaver also had a pick and Brad Bomberry came up with a fumble recovery.
Chilliwack now hits the road for the first time this year, making the long trek to Victoria on Saturday to face the Westshore Rebels at Bear Mountain Stadium.
The Huskers faced the Rebels in week one of the season, dropping a 37-8 decision at Exhibition Stadium. Chilliwack’s next home game is Aug. 21 versus the Vancouver Island Raiders.
Kick off is 2 p.m.
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