Tuesday July 25, 2017 



Can They Run the Ball?

Former Huskers coach paints bleak picture for team

BC 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 season.

“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 arm.


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