Broncos booted into bye week
A bye week will give the Kamloops Broncos time to lick their wounds after falling 59-17 to the Jordan Yantz-led Vancouver Island Raiders of Nanaimo on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Hillside Stadium.
Yantz, one of the most highly touted quarterbacks in junior Canadian football, completed 20 of 27 passes for 398 yards and six touchdowns, five of them to different receivers.
“He put on an air show,” said Darryl Chow, the Broncos’ general manager.
The Nanaimo club’s QB became the first in Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) history to throw 100 TDs, finishing the game with 104 in his career.
Kamloops posted its highest-ever point total — 17 — against the BCFC-powerhouse Raiders, national champions in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Receiver Derek Yachison was the Broncos’ go-to guy, racking up 84 yards and a touchdown on seven catches.
Kamloops’ pivot Jesse Neufeld had a decent night under centre, completing 14 passes on 25 attempts for 161 yards and one major.
Backup Stephen Schuweiler played well in relief, connecting on four of six passes for 57 yards.
Running back Mike McMaster, a former Raider, punched in a TD from four yards out in the fourth quarter, but gained only seven yards on eight carries against a stingy Vancouver Island defence.
Broncos’ kicker Aaron Smit was good on two converts and one field goal, from 40 yards out.
Next up for the Broncos are the Langley Rams, who sit tied atop the BCFC standings with the Raiders at 3-0-1.
Kamloops (1-3), tied for fourth in the six-team league with the Okanagan Sun of Kelowna, will travel to Langley on Sept. 8