The playoffs still are a possibility for the Kamloops Broncos, after a 25-20 victory over the Valley Huskers in Chilliwack on Saturday.
The Broncos are 1-4-1 and needed to win by more than three points in order to keep their slim playoff hopes alive; they did that, and more. They now hold the tiebreaker over the Huskers should the two teams finish tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the B.C. Football Conference.
"It was great, we got the 'W' but it was a little sloppy," said Kamloops head coach Duncan Olthuis on Sunday. "I got a little greedy at the end and it kind of bit us in the (butt), but we came out with a 'W' and that's the main goal . . . doesn't matter how we got it."
He said the Broncos were up 25-14 when they fumbled the ball, allowing the Huskers to run it back for a touchdown. With the score 25-20, Valley attempted a two-point convert, hoping to close the gap to three and ruin the Broncos' chances of seeing the playoffs. However, a Huskers player dropped the ball.
At that point the Broncos just had to hold on for the victory.
Olthuis said the Broncos' passing game kept them ahead, as Valley stymied the run all day.
Statistics weren't available but, according to Olthuis, wide receiver Cory Rollings had a strong game, with key catches for the team in clutch moments. Quarterback Stephen Schuweiler and wide receiver Derek Yachison hooked up for two touchdowns.
Wide-receiver Devin Csincsa made a circus catch in the third quarter on a second-and-10 play to keep the Broncos moving, giving his team the lift it needed to finish out the game.
"It was probably one of the best grabs I've seen, in basically all my coaching years," Olthuis said. "That's 14 years now. . . . he went up and grabbed it with one hand and kept one foot in bounds and came down with control.
"The kid's a performer."
Dane Douglas led the defence with two interceptions, but Olthuis said the entire defence played well.
The task for the Broncos now will be to stay focused and keep winning. As Olthuis told The Daily News on Thursday, they now need the Huskers to go winless in their four remaining games and the Westshore Rebels to win no more than one of their four remaining matches, two of which come against Kamloops. The first of those is Saturday, 7 p.m., at Hillside Stadium.
"Getting this win, I think we got a lot of confidence back," Olthuis said. "I think we're ready to go . . . if we can take a couple of the games we will be in the playoffs."