They might not have earned a playoff spot, but Valley Huskers players could look each other in the eye after Saturday's 59-24 loss to the Langley Rams and say they'd done their best. a That was the challenge head coach Tyson St. James put to them before the game, and he said he's satisfied that's what they did.
"I feel like they at least tried their best after the circumstances that have befallen this season," he told the Times.
The score was certainly an improvement over the last time the two teams met, when defending BCFC champion Rams trounced the hapless Huskers 54-7. The Huskers actually out-passed their opponents 236 yards to 180 this time around with Cody Parray completing 11 of 22 passes for 228 yards through the air.
His favourite target was Cody Vinnish, who pulled in seven passes for 132 yards, including one touchdown.
The numbers were a little more lopsided on the ground with the Huskers registering 119 yards rushing to the Rams 244.
Ty DeRayos was the Huskers top rusher, carrying the ball 12 times for 48 yards; Misha Otanga was right behind with 42 yards on six carries.
With the Rams scoring a pile of defensive points (including a touchdown after picking off the Huskers first pass of the game 28 seconds in) the Huskers defence actually played better than the 59 Rams points would seem to indicate, said St. James.
Jerry Sidhu led the defence with six stops.
The loss leaves the Huskers with the same 2-7-1 season record as the Kamloops Broncos, but Kamloops leads in points for and will now advance to the post-season.
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