If Wes Black's career as a fullback doesn't work out, he might want to look at becoming a motivational speaker.
Black was effective serving in both roles for the Kamloops Broncos on Sunday in a 29-1 victory over the Chilliwack Huskers at Hillside Stadium. The victory leaves Kamloops 2-6 in the B.C. Football Conference, while Chilliwack is 0-8.
As lop-sided as the final score was, the game was a tight affair in the first half.
The Huskers, who haven't won a regular-season game since 2009, were running right with the Broncos, and were doing a nice job drawing Kamloops players into stupid penalties early in the second quarter.
With Kamloops' defence on the field, an angry Black called a team huddle on the Broncos' sideline for all the reserves and offensive players.
"We were playing to their level . . . we were playing right into (their hands)," said Black, a Prince George native. "We just needed someone to bring us together.
"I just had to tell the guys, 'Hey, we have to get together' and we showed up to play after that."
They sure did, scoring two touchdowns not long after the impromptu speech.
On the next offensive possession, Black rumbled in virtually untouched from 12 yards. Ninety seconds later, Mike McMaster sprinted 70 yards for another score.
It made it 14-0, and the Broncos were never tested from there.
Even then, Kamloops made a whole bunch of silly mistakes - turnovers and bad penalties were the most obvious - that would have been fatal had Chilliwack not been prone to the same things. Another of the Broncos' saving graces was that Chilliwack's receivers couldn't catch a football.
"You can classify it as an ugly win," said Broncos head coach Duncan Olthuis. "We had a lot of mistakes."
Although not dominating, the Broncos continued to pile it on in the second half, with Connor Whitelaw throwing for a pair of touchdown passes. In the third quarter, Whitelaw hit Carter Bilawchuk for a 15-yarder, before hooking up with Sean Poeppel from 10 yards in the fourth.
Whitelaw was able to find room through the air thanks to a great first half from the Broncos' blockers and rushers. McMaster, Black and Whitelaw, who used his legs as effectively as his right arm, ran roughshod over the Huskers' defence.
"Our offensive line played great today - they were pushing people around," Olthuis said. "It's the first game where we've had both pass (protection) and run blocking . . . they did a heck of a job."
The victory keeps alive the Broncos' playoff hopes, with two games remaining. Kamloops will be at home to the Westshore Rebels (6-2) on Saturday, 7 p.m., at Hillside Stadium.
For Kamloops to make the playoffs, it absolutely has to win that game. In order for that to happen, the Broncos have to be sharper than they were on Sunday.
"We need to clean up a lot of stuff," Olthuis said.
EXTRA POINTS: Chilliwack's point came off a missed field goal at the end of the second quarter, when Dan Erickson's 27-yard field-goal attempt went wide left and out of the end zone. . . . K Aaron Smit made four PATs for the Broncos. . . . In hopes of packing Hillside Stadium for Saturday's game, the Broncos will be selling $5 tickets, along with a food donation for the Kamloops Food Bank. . . . The Sun lost 32-30 to the Vancouver Island Raiders (7-0-1) in Nanaimo on Saturday, while the Langley Rams (6-1-1) defeated Westshore, 41-7. . . . Okanagan, the only team the Broncos can pass, will be in Chilliwack on Saturday.