Sunday July 24, 2011
Special to the Voice
Huskers Buck Broncos in Exhibition
Hendrickson capitalizes on team's weak spots
Special to the Voice/Ron Gallo story & photos
Chilliwack Husker, Adann Hendrickson, bobs and weaves around tackles in the fourth quarter to his touchdown run.
Chilliwack Huskers defence was the difference in their first and only exhibition
game as the team posted a come from behind 19-14 victory over the the Kamloops
Broncos. The game was played in Prince George as a special exhibition game to
recognize the number of Prince George players on both teams roster and also to
gauge support for a BCFC franchise in the Northern half of the Province.
The only failing series for the Huskers defence came off the opening kickoff that the Kamloops Broncos eventually turned into an opening drive touchdown and an early 7-0 lead. The Broncos defence forced the Chilliwack Huskers to
concede two safetys in the opening quarter and enjoyed an 11-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.
The Huskers defence from there spent a long time on the field but kept the Broncos off the scoresheet for the entire second half. Early in the second half the Kamloops Broncos were forced into two punting situations that saw the Huskers kick returners drop the ball both times only to have Kamloops recover. On the third Broncos try they were only able to get close enough for a field goal and had a 14-0 third quarter lead.
Late in the third quarter things started to change for the Huskers offense with Adann Hendrickson getting a lot longer looks and took advantage of open spaces and his speed to break tackles for positive yardage. In the late stages of the fourth quarter with the Huskers still down 14-0, Hendrickson dodged three tackles (see photo) and broke the plane to put the Huskers on the scoreboard. The ensuing two point conversion try was stopped leaving the Huskers in a 14-6 hole.
The Chilliwack Huskers defence again sealed up the Broncos resulting in excellent field position for themselves and a 30 yard endzone reception by Ben Skerrett. Again the two point conversion would be stopped just short on the goal line. With less than a minute remaining in the game the Huskers were down 14-12 and had the Kamloops Broncos pinned deep inside their own zone. Maybe it was poor clock management, or maybe it was just excellent defence that forced the Broncos to have to kick the ball. The punt was partially blocked with the Huskers recovering inside the 20 yard line.
With 11 seconds showing on the clock, Hendrickson handed the ball to Skerrett who picked up a first down with an 18 yard run. The next play started on the five yard line with 6.8 seconds remaining in the game. With exactly 1 second showing on the clock, Hendrickson found Ty McConnell with a little shovel pass who was able to slip in over the goal line untouched setting off an emotional victory celebration.
The win is seen as a huge confidence builder especially for those returning players, but there are definitely improvements to be made especially on the offense. The defense spent a lot of time on the field and played a solid game for all but the opening drive keeping the Kamloops Broncos offense to only a field goal for the rest of the game.
About Ron Gallo
Ron Gallo is the Dream Home Lottery Coordinator for the Prince George Hospice Society. Office: 250.563.2551 Cell: 250.961.1964 Fax: 250.563.2503 Contact by e-mail here.
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