V.I. Raiders defensive back Jeremie Cheng tackles a Chilliwack Valley Huskers opponent during a game last season at Caledonia Park. The teams meet Saturday, Oct. 13, in the last game of the B.C. Football Conference regular season. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

V.I. Raiders will play their final home game of the regular season

V.I. Raiders host Chilliwack Valley Huskers this Saturday, Oct. 13, at Caledonia Park

The V.I. Raiders end the regular season the same way they started it, with a game against the Chilliwack Valley Huskers.

The Raiders were upset in that season opener, and want to make good this week as it’s their last chance to be playoff ready. The teams play Saturday, Oct. 13, at Caledonia Park.

Nanaimo is in fourth place and chasing third-place Chilliwack, and can take over that spot in the standings.

“We understand the difference between finishing third and fourth,” said Doug Hocking, Raiders coach. “With the way the league is this year, it’s a tight league and we’ve let a couple games go that we totally felt going into them that we could win and they didn’t turn out that way.”

That would include last week, when the Raiders travelled to the Fraser Valley and lost 27-10 to the Langley Rams. Hocking said there were some positives in that game on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams.

“We need to get back on track, we need to get some confidence going into the playoffs and get a win,” the coach said.

The Raiders, like other teams around the B.C. Football Conference, are dealing with injuries at this time of year; V.I. has been missing starting tailback Rhett Williams, for example.

“We’re going to get some bodies back, but as far as depth is concerned, we’re getting our playoff roster ready. We’ve got to get down to 45 guys, so I expect us to get down to those 45 guys and get them ready for this weekend and that’s probably what we’ll dress and we’ll put a sense of urgency on it,” Hocking said.

In last week’s loss at Langley, V.I.’s only touchdown came on a kick return from Jared Braun. Quarterback Jake Laberge was 10-for-24 passing for 127 yards and three interceptions. North Rainey made four catches for 78 yards. Safety Shawn Arabsky led the defence with an interception, six solo tackles and two assisted. Todd Campbell also made six solo tackles. Dillan Neufeld forced a fumble.

GAME ON … The Raiders and Huskers play Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. at Caledonia Park. Tickets will be available at the gate.



sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Victoria teen killed on field trip near Sooke

Second youth also injured in falling tree incident at Camp Barnard

Man accused of Brentwood Bay murder appears in court

Alan Chapman tells judge he wants next court appearance to be “as far away as possible”

UPDATE: Fire crews suppress smouldering fire on Highway 19 north of Campbell River

Wildfire reached .25 hectares, according to BC Wildfire Service

Wheelchair accessibility setting Island’s Rathtrevor Beach park apart

Friends enjoy special annual camping trip at Parksville’s popular provincial park

Editorial: Time for action on national pharmacare plan

The report calls for a basic plan for essential medications by 2022, and comprehensive list by 2027

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

Driver of stolen vehicle caught after fleeing accident scene in Island community

Section of Chemainus Road closed until suspect located and eventually taken into custody

American boat strikes reef, sinks near Oak Bay

Two people rescued from boat headed for Orca Island

UPDATED: Taylor Flats wildfire in the Alberni Valley under control

Fire is located close to Highway 4 near Sproat Lake

Langford has ‘no plans’ to make changes to Western Speedway after noise complaints

Flyer passed out to residents voices concerns over racetrack noise

Final bell could sound for project that allows Victoria grads to dress in style

Magic Wand must find space to store its prom attire for Greater Victoria students by end of June

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

Most Read