The Valley Huskers face an uphill battle to secure a playoff spot during the last two games of the B.C. Football Conference season.
After a 54-7 loss to the Langley Rams Saturday, the Huskers are tied for fourth place with the Kamloops Broncos, who fell 30-0 to the Okanagan Sun over the weekend.
While one of the Broncos final two games is against the last-place Westshore Rebels, however, the Huskers face two teams (the Sun and the Vancouver Island Raiders) currently in a three-way tie for first.
"When it goes to points, [the Broncos] have two points extra," Huskers head coach Tyson St. James told the Times. "We need to win a game before the end of the year, and we need Westshore to beat Kamloops."
But the Huskers are going to need a few more healthy bodies to make that happen.
The team has had key injuries throughout the season and was already fielding a skeleton crew Saturday when linebacker Cody Slagman was sidelined with a knee injury that could keep him out for the rest of the season.
"He's within the top three defensive players in the league," St. James said.
Injuries also ravaged the defensive line Saturday. "We basically had four defensive linemen; two of them went down," St. James said. "We usually play with four up front, so we actually had a backup offensive lineman playing nose tackle."
Not surprisingly the Langley Rams racked up a lot of offence: 414 yards to Valley's 56.
Dylan Boykowich put up more than half of the Huskers' 40 passing yards, picking up 19 yards on two passes.
Ty DeRayos contributed 12 yards on five carries to the Huskers' scanty 26-yard rushing total.
One bright spot in the game was a Rams punt-blocked, snapped up and run into the end zone by Boykowich in the second quarter.
The Huskers next game is on Sunday, Sept.
29 in Kelowna against the Okanagan Sun.
Kickoff is at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.bcfcfootball.com.
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