August 29, 2015 Nanaimo, BC (ISN) – The Vancouver Island Raiders defeated the Chilliwack Valley Huskers 53-0 in Week # 6 BCFC football action at Caledonia Field in Nanaimo to improve to 4-2 on the season.
The Raiders ran away with the lopsided 53-0 win over the Huskers who are winless so far in the 2015 BCFC season – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
So far this season the Huskers have been unable to better their opponents for a win, giving up a conference leading 299 points over their past five games.
The Raiders offence, led by starting QB Liam O’Brien, would demonstrate why they are a contender for the Cullen Cup, jumping out to a 21-0 lead by the end of the first 15 minutes of play on a balanced ground and air attack that would keep the Husker secondary guessing. O’Brien would orchestrate opening quarter majors to wide receivers Arthur Fabbro and a pair of strikes to Taylor Flavel to set the Huskers back early. Receiver Dustin Rodriguez would be O’Brien’s go to pass catcher, pulling down 177 yards in the game.
Starting QB Liam O’Brien would look comfrtable in the Raiders win, passing for 405 yards and 5 TD’s against the Huskers – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Husker QB Noah Falconer, pressured by a relentless defense, would have trouble finding his targets down field, going 6-17 for a game total 93 yards passing, and 2 interceptions. Raider’s O’Brien, sitting third on the conference-passing list, would dominate the passing game going 23-30 and a total 405 passing yards, throwing for five touchdowns.
The Huskers Noah Falconer was unable to solve the Raider’s defense, only able to find 93 total yards passing against the Raiders – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Raiders Dustin Rodriguez pulls down this O’Brien long bomb for the TD. Rodriguez would finish with 177 yards receiving and 1 TD. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Huskers would look to running back #4 Ryan Jackson for the yeoman’s share of their offensive yardage, highlighted by an impressive hurdle over Raider’s tackler DB Keenan Blenner-Hassett. Jackson, with 23 carries for 153 yards on the season would carry 15 times for 74 total all purpose yards in the game, many of the yards coming with no fewer that two Raiders defenders carried on his back.
The Huskers would find their defensive pace in the second, holding the Raiders to just 2 points despite being unable to find their own points. After a quiet 2nd quarter the Raiders would go to the locker room at the half up 23-0 over the Huskers.
Huskers would find defensive success in the game pressuring O’Brien for the QB sack five times in the game, but the Raider’s offense would prove too much.
The Huskers couln’t find an opening in the Raiders defense as two Raiders have the pass well covered – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Raiders would come out in the second half, giving no quarter to the last place Huskers, rocking the visitors for an additional 30 points on TD’s passes by Nathan Berg, Dustin Hamm, Dustin Rodriquez, and a rushing touchdown form Liam O’Brien from the one yard line. Kicker Matias Bueno would go 6 for 6 on converts to round out the scoring frenzy.
Four VI Raiders converge on the lone Husker Carrying the ball. Not an enviable position to be in. Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Raiders enjoy a bye weekend in Week #7 action, but return to the field September 13th to face the first place Okanagan Sun in Kelowna.