The Kamloops Broncos lost their second straight B.C. Football Conference game Saturday, but remain in position to gain a playoff spot with one week remaining in the regular season.
The Broncos dropped a 22-20 decision to the Westshore Rebels in Victoria. Kamloops now is 2-6-1, and tied for fourth with the Valley Huskers, who lost 61-0 to the Okanagan Sun in Kelowna on Sunday.
Kamloops will finish the regular season against the Sun in Kelowna on Sunday, but it might already have clinched a playoff spot before the game.
The Rebels (2-7) are scheduled to play the first-place Vancouver Island Raiders (7-2) in Nanaimo on Saturday, while the Huskers will play host to the Langley Rams (6-3) in Chilliwack.
The Broncos will clinch as long as the Huskers don’t beat or tie the Rams and the Rebels don’t beat or tie the Raiders. If Valley and Westshore lose their games, Kamloops will clinch, regardless of its result in Kelowna.
The playoffs are scheduled to open Oct. 12-13.
The Broncos opened the scoring Saturday, with running back Jacob Palmarin, who rushed for more than 150 yards, scoring from 38 yards out. The Rebels blocked the convert, a play that would be a big factor at the end of the game.
The Rebels managed a single before Anthony Arduini kicked a 34-yard field goal for the Broncos to make it 9-1. Niles Goguen ran in a touchdown for Westshore and Eric Eggleston caught a 25-yard pass from Hunter Lake as the Rebels took a 16-9 lead into half.
Arduini kicked another field goal, a 23-yarder, before Goguen scored another touchdown to make the score 22-12.
The Rebels conceded a fourth-quarter safety before Kamloops quarterback Steve
Schuweiler marched the Broncos down field and hit Devin Csincsa for a 12-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 22-20 in the final 20 seconds. The Broncos, who had missed that extra point earlier in the game, went for the two-point convert, but failed to make it.