July 25, 2017
Can They Run the Ball?
coach paints bleak picture for team
Football Conference/Voice file photo
hat's the forecast for
The Valley Huskers? former head coach and current Okanagan Sun GM Howie
Zaron. Currently offensive coordinator for the North Surrey Bears Midget
program and an assistant coach with Team BC that just finished third in the
Canada Cup, Zaron watches the BCFC and follows the talent throughout western
Canada in high school and midget as closely as anyone.
We put Zaron on the spot and
asked him to place the 6 teams in order of finish this season. Here is what
he had to say;
While Zaron feels the Huskers will finish in the basement again in 2017, he
has only positive things to say about how the valley squad will compete this
“I think Chilliwack will be the best last place team the BCFC has seen in a
while. I think this will be the best coached team the Huskers have had since
they were awarded a franchise.”
Zaron says a rookie to watch for the Huskers this is running back Keenan
Vicklund (Robert Bateman Secondary-Abbotsford).
Bad, abysmal, embarrassing…these are all words that could describe the
Valley Huskers ground game last year. The Huskers managed just 446 yards
along the ground in 2016, failing to crack 50 yards in 7 of their games and
managing 100 just once. In that game, they got 100 on the nose.
In Noah Falconer, they have a talented passer who led the conference with
2398 yards, but they will need more than his arm if they are going to
improve on a winless record this year. On a side note, their QB is a pure
pocket passer as his 21 yards (1.9 AVG) on the ground last year will attest.
Huskers head coach Bob Reist sounds confident in what he has in his
backfield with returnee Edwin Perrin and newcomers Keegan Vicklund and
Garret Fedak. It’s hard to imagine the Huskers won’t run the ball with more
success, as they didn’t try all that often last year actually. Any
improvement at all will be welcomed by Mr. Falconer to take the heat off his
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