After losing to the Okanagan Sun on Saturday, the Valley Huskers will likely find out this week if they will keep their winby-default over the Sun from earlier this year. The Sun have appealed their earlier forfeit loss to the Huskers, and a hearing was held last Tuesday with an independent arbitrator hearing the case. BCFC president Gord Johnson told the Times that a ruling is expected early this week.
On Saturday, the Huskers had a chance to win for real, but couldn't stop the Sun's big play offence.
Still, while losing by three touchdowns is rarely a sign of improvement, Saturday's 38-17 to the Sun could be read just that way. The Huskers, have never finished on the winning end of a British Columbia Football Conference game against the Sun.
Meetings between the two teams have usually been blowouts-the teams' first game this year was a 65-10 defeat before the Sun were forced to forfeit because they played with an ineligible player. So it was a notable accomplishment for the Huskers racked up 19 first downs and keep the game close for more than a half.
The Huskers also managed to hold the Sun to 302 yards of net offence and limit the Sun to three offensive touchdowns.
Indeed, the result might have gone the othger way if just a few plays had turned out different. The Sun's touchdowns came on two long passing plays, a 49-yard run, and a punt block and return. Three tackles and a successful punt could have changed the outcome of the game.
After the Sun leapt out to a 19-3 lead, Jerry Sidhu recovered a fumble and ran it 25 yards into the Sun end zone to draw the Huskers to within nine points.
It was the closest the Huskers would get, although a late Ty DeRayos touchdown run narrowed the scoreline.
Huskers quarterback Cody Parray completed 20 of 32 passes for 159 yards. His favourite target was Blake Draper, who caught 14 passes for 104 yards. Derayos led the Chilliwack ground gain with 70 yards rushing on 20 carries.
The Huskers are currently tied with the Kamloops Broncos for the fourth and final playoff spot, but that could change early this week should the league decide to reverse its earlier decision.
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