Broncos enjoy record-setting victory
Daily News Sports Reporter
It was the best performance in the history of the Kamloops Broncos junior football franchise.
Somehow, the team wasn't in celebration mode after its 64-10 romp over the Chilliwack Huskers on Sunday - it was looking forward to its next game, scheduled for Sunday against the visiting Okanagan Sun of Kelowna.
"That was pretty good," said Broncos defensive end/tight end Tyler Lee. "Kelowna's next . . . bring on the Sun."
The season-opening victory, which played out in front of 496 fans at Hillside Stadium, broke all kinds of franchise records, and put the Broncos (1-0) in first place in the B.C. Football Conference for the first time. It's also the first time the Broncos, who are in their sixth season, have ever been over .500.
"Hopefully we can keep this up next week and challenge the Sun," said Broncos head coach Duncan Olthuis. "They're our geographic rival . . . and they've piled the points on us before many, many times. Hopefully we can keep it close with them."
Kamloops, which had never before scored more than 38 points in a game, put 36 points on the board in the first half and added a touchdown on its first offensive play of the second half. The 64 points is almost half of what Kamloops scored all of last season - 144 points over 10 games.
And the Broncos, who had never beaten an opponent by more than 23 points, led 29-3 only 17 minutes into this game.
Kamloops got seven offensive touchdowns, a defensive score, and a special-teams touchdown courtesy of Derek Apps, who ran back a punt 99 yards in the fourth quarter.
"It was one of the first times we've ever had a complete game from all three phases," Olthuis said. "It was a complete game."
As good as the Broncos looked, the Huskers were demoralized early, and struggled to find energy late. Perhaps it was the 38-degree heat, coupled with the fact that they were wearing black uniforms, but the Huskers fumbled away the opening kickoff, trailed 21-0 halfway through the first quarter and couldn't keep up.
The Broncos have been on the wrong end of a few lopsided scores, so were able to sympathize.
"Chilliwack's a better team than that," Olthuis said. "It was the heat, I believe. We put them in their blacks and it's tough to be up here in black jerseys in 38-degree weather."
As positive as the game was for Kamloops, there were a few negative things on Olthuis's mind afterward.
For one, the Broncos took more than 150 yards in penalties, many of them on personal fouls. Also, Olthuis's starting quarterback, Jesse Neufeld, had a solid game going, but ended up hurting his left leg in the last minute of the first half.
"I think Jesse will be all right - he got nicked up with a helmet to the shin," Olthuis said. "He'll be back (this) week, I believe."
Lee, who had a sack on defence, also was an offensive star, catching two touchdowns passes for 93 yards. His second TD catch, only 24 seconds into the second half, was an electrifying 71-yard catch-and-run from Steve Schuweiler.
"The kid's an athlete," Olthuis said. "He's a great athlete, great kid - he'll do anything for us."
Schuweiler also ran in a pair of touchdowns, and Wes Black and Jacob Palmarin also scored rushing TDs. Neufeld, who had hit Lee with an early 22-yard TD pass, also connected with Adam Sancewicz on a 26-yard touchdown.
Defensive back Chris Rosa got in on the action, intercepting Chilliwack quarterback Braden Churly and streaking 60 yards for the touchdown.
Chilliwack's touchdown came in the third quarter, when Churly connected with Cody Parray for a 13-yard score. Dan Erickson, who was kicked out in the fourth quarter for attempt to injure, made a 27-year-old field goal in the first quarter.
EXTRA POINTS: Aaron Smit was 8-for-8 on extra points, and didn't attempt a field goal. Kamloops managed a two-point conversion when a bad snap led to Neufeld hitting Brennan Plante in the end zone. . . . Sunday's game with Okanagan is scheduled for 5 p.m., at Hillside. The Sun lost 42-14 to the visiting Langley Rams on Saturday, while the Vancouver Island Raiders went into Victoria and defeated the Westshore Rebels 44-14. . . . Kamloops DB Ben Hoffman left the game with a shoulder injury. Olthuis didn't know after the game the extent of any injury. . . . Mike Decloedt had two interceptions for Chilliwack, while Apps, Evan Parr and Adam Nesbitt picked off passes for Kamloops. Kyle Haddow recovered a fumble for the Broncos.