The Kamloops Broncos entered the fourth quarter on Sunday at Hillside Stadium with an opportunity to record a franchise-first victory over the Okanagan Sun of Kelowna.
Okanagan rattled off 20 unanswered points to claim a 41-24 win and improve to 9-0 on the B.C. Football Conference campaign.
“We wanted to win that game, for sure, and keep our playoff hopes alive, but I’m proud of our guys and how we came out and battled against the No. 1 team in the country,” Broncos’ head coach Braden Vankoughnett said.
“We kind of ran out of gas in the end. Credit to the Sun. They played a great fourth quarter, scored 20 points and did what they needed to do to win.”
The Broncos have not qualified for the post-season since 2015, when the club finished 5-5 to accomplish the feat.
With the loss on Sunday, Kamloops was eliminated from playoff contention, but it can become the first Broncos’ team since 2015 to finish without a losing record by knocking off the Valley Huskers (6-3) on Saturday in Chilliwack.
“For not only myself, but the guys on the team, we want to finish with the win and show everybody in the league what we can build off of with a competitive game against the Sun,” Vankoughnett said.
“Finishing .500 would be great. It sets us up great for the next year. We owe it to all our senior players.”