The Kamloops Broncos dropped a 14-7 decision to the visiting Vancouver Island Raiders of Nanaimo on Saturday night (July 30) at Hillside Stadium.
The loss leaves the Broncos at 0-1 on the season, while the Raiders improve to 1-1. Kamloops was the lone BC Football Conference team to have a bye in the first week as the league has expanded to seven teams with the addition of the Prince George Kodiaks.
The teams were tied 7-7 at the half, with Vancouver Island pulling away with a fourth quarter touchdown.
Kamloops was hampered by penalties — 18 for 129 yards — including a holding call that negated a touchdown that may have changed the game’s fortunes.
Broncos’ quarterback Reid Vankoughnett was 10 for 24, with 145 passing yards and one interception. Vankoughnett rushed for 11 yards, including the club’s lone touchdown.
Christopher Finden also rushed for 11 yards, while Colton Meikle led the way in receiving, with three catches for 49 yards.
The Kamloops defence was stout, with Maurice Onyeamenu recording 10 tackles, followed by Peter Orajekwe (7) and Logan Ritchie Keegan Curtis (4). Ritchie and Jack Bellefontaine also had interceptions. In total, Kamloops had 42 tackles, compared to 18 for Vancouver Island.
In special teams, Thomas Jeeves punted the ball eight times for 285 yards, while Kaleb Senz had two kick returns for 94 yards.
Vancouver Island scoring came from quarterback Ben Chomolok, who ran the ball into the end zone, and Andrew Gordon, who was targeted by Chomolok through the air.
In other Week 2 action, the Westshore Rebels of Greater Victoria remained undefeated with a 38-17 win over visiting Valley Huskers of Chilliwack and the Okanagan Sun also remained perfect with a 20-7 win over the Rams in Langley.
The Broncos are on the road for the next two weekends and fans can watch those games on TV.
Kamloops visits Prince George on Saturday, Aug. 6, for a 7 p.m. game at Masich Place Stadium. The club then visits Nanaimo on Saturday, Aug. 13, for a 5:30 p.m. contest against the Raiders at Nanaimo District secondary.
Both of those games can be watched by Telus subscribers on channel 1999.