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V.I. Raiders aim to lasso Broncos

V.I. Raiders receiver Mike Schaper, left, makes a catch during a game against the Kamloops Broncos last month at Caledonia Park. The teams meet again Saturday (Sept. 17) in the Interior. - GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin
V.I. Raiders receiver Mike Schaper, left, makes a catch during a game against the Kamloops Broncos last month at Caledonia Park. The teams meet again Saturday (Sept. 17) in the Interior.
— image credit: GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

The V.I. Raiders were able to jump right back into mid-season form last weekend, but now they need to keep it going.

Nanaimo’s Canadian Junior Football League team blew out the Westshore Rebels 52-8 last game in what they hope will be a tone-setter for the fall.

“It’s good to start this way again and keep it rolling in the second half through to the playoffs,” said Andrew Smith, Raiders receiver. “It’s exciting to think of what’s coming up.”

The V.I. team will try to look ahead without overlooking the next few opponents. On Saturday (Sept. 17) the Raiders have a game to play as they face the Kamloops Broncos in the desert.

“We’ve been preaching it all year – it’s not about who we’re playing next, it’s about us,” said Tremaine Apperley, Raiders cornerback. “We’ve just got to work on doing the little things to get better for the games that count in the playoffs.”

GAME ON … The Raiders and the Broncos play at 7 p.m. and the game will be webcast live at www.viraiders.ca. Next home action for the Raiders will be Sept. 24, when the Chilliwack Huskers visit Caledonia Park for a 2 p.m. game … The Bulletin also published articles on the Raiders this week on Wednesday and Thursday, spotlighting the team's defensive back corps and recognizing an award-winning player.

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