Five minutes after the Kamloops Broncos stepped onto the field Sept. 26, the game was over. Sure there was still more than 50 minutes of game time to come off the clock, but after just those first five minutes it was readily apparent that the Broncos were not going to be challenged by the visiting Valley Huskers.
Playing in the BC Football Conference (BCFC) of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL), the Broncos are a team on the rise. Hidden by years of losing records is the fact that, season after season, the Broncos were slowly improving. This improvement has begun to pay dividends as of late as the Broncos put up a winning record last year, and appear poised to do the same in 2015.
“We played well tonight. The goal today was to try and get some young kids into the game and get them some game experience and we accomplished what we wanted to,” said Broncos Head Coach Brad Yamaoka after the game Saturday night. The team achieved their goal of getting the more inexperienced backups into the game by jumping up to a substantial lead from which there was no way back for the Huskers.
20-year-old running back Jacob Palmarin certainly did his part. The BCFC leading rusher looked unstoppable all game long, scoring an 18-yard touchdown on the Broncos’ first possession of the game, and adding another score before half time. Palmarin also crossed the 1,000 yard threshold for the year during the game, tightening his hold on the BCFC rushing crown.
The Broncos possess more than just a punishing ground game however. As Yamaoka pointed out, “We’re pretty balanced, we run the ball well, we can throw the ball obviously. Offense has never been our problem, we can move the ball on the best of teams, it’s just a matter of putting a full game together.”
The aerial attack was also on full display Saturday. Quarterback Stephen Schuweiler was able to pick the Huskers defense apart at will. Helped out equally by the offensive line giving him an impenetrable pocket from which to throw and the wide receivers finding huge holes in the defense, Schuweiler threw for three touchdowns before the end of the night. One of those touchdowns was caught by wide receiver Devin Csincsa, who joins Palmarin in the 1,000 yards gained club.
Not to be outdone by the guys on offense, the Broncos defense was also impressive Saturday night as they kept the Huskers attack under wraps en route to the 58–15 victory.
Dominant in all phases of the game, this is a football team that is clicking at just the right time, with only one game remaining before the playoffs begin. “There’s been a few ups and downs, like any football season, but I’m happy with the way the kids have performed, they’ve come out and played hard. The playoffs are coming up, we just have to gear up for that and that’ll determine where we are as an organization,” Yamaoka said.
Currently sitting in fourth place in the BCFC, the Broncos next take to the field Saturday Oct. 3 at Hillside Stadium here in Kamloops, where they will play the league-leading Okanagan Sun in what could be a playoff matchup preview.