The Valley Huskers have one more Hail-Mary long shot at a playoff spot as they take on the third-place Langley Rams at Exhibition Park in their final game of the regular season Saturday.
A win over the Rams, who demolished the Huskers 54-7 during their last meeting Sept. 16, could give Valley a mathematical shot at the postseason if both Kamloops and Westshore lose their games this weekend.
An injury-plagued Huskers squad faced the second-place Okanagan Sun with a skeleton crew in Kelowna last Saturday.
Valley gained just 124 offensive yards in a 61-0 shutout for the Sun.
Down to 30 players from 50 at the beginning of the season, head coach Tyson St. James said injuries are responsible for the Huskers "downhill spiral" in the late season.
"You lose some of your leadership in that and you also lose some of your hope," he said.
Quarterback Cody Parray completed 10 of 21 passes for 63 yards through the air and carried five times for 48 yards on the ground.
Parray's favourite target was Blake Draper who led receivers with five catches for 22 yards.
Josh Giroux led the Huskers on defence with four tackles, while Hayden Jefferies and Cody Vinnish chipped in another three stops each.
Valley returns to their home field, newly turfed Exhibition Stadium, for the first and only time this season Saturday, and St. James is looking to improve on last week's result.
"The plan is to have fun; 61-0 isn't fun," he said. "It's hard for people that see it from the outside, but it's even harder for the people that are involved, considering how we came into the season."
The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will feature a volunteer appreciation component. The Huskers will also honour players who are aging out this year (Dan Coffin, Jerry Sidhu, Misha Otanga, Jake Fabian and Ty DeRayos) for their years of commitment to the team.. For more information, visit www.chilliwackhuskers.com.
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