V.I. Raiders receiver Dustin Rodriguez is tackled by Langley Rams opponents during a playoff game last fall at Caledonia Park. The teams play there again this Saturday (Aug. 20).

Raiders will collide with Rams

NANAIMO – The V.I. Raiders junior football team takes on the Langley Rams on Saturday (Aug. 20) at Caledonia Park.

The Raiders are ready for their hardest home game yet.

The V.I. Raiders junior football team takes on the Langley Rams on Saturday (Aug. 20) at Caledonia Park.

Nanaimo’s B.C. Football Conference squad has had up-and-down results to this stage of the season, winning its home games and losing on the road. So they’ll be glad to be back at Caledonia on Saturday.

“It’s great we’ll have them at home in front of our home crowd, and our guys have played pretty well at home,” said Jerome Erdman, V.I. coach. “We’re looking forward to a good football game. It’ll definitely be a challenge for us, but one that we’ve got to win.”

Notably, the Raiders will be without No. 1 quarterback Jake Laberge, who suffered a lower-body injury in last Saturday’s game and will miss this week’s game and be day-to-day after that. Kevin Chopek will get the start under centre against the Rams.

As for Langley’s offence, Erdman pointed out that the Rams have been a high-scoring team of late with some talented players who the Raiders will have to keep in check.

Cole Virtanen, Raiders safety, said his team has gotten better with its man coverage as the season has gone along, and said the defence as a whole is playing better as a unit.

“We’ve started to click and jam together. We’ve played with each other for long enough that we’re able to expect a performance from each player and we know what we’re all capable of and now we’re able to start making plays and being able to shut down offences,” he said.

For the Raiders to find the consistency they want, Virtanen said it comes down to playing confident football, both as individuals and as a team.

“We’ve got some playmakers here and we can definitely win a lot with this team. We just need to be confident in ourselves and know what we’re able to do and go for it.”

GAME ON … The Raiders and Rams kick off Saturday at 2 p.m. at Caledonia Park. Tickets will be available at the gate.


Just Posted

Indoor Busking Festival to be held this week in Nanaimo

Fundraiser concert to feature singers recruited from the Harbourfront Walkway

Mount Benson park users now have 100 more parking spaces

Regional District of Nanaimo opens new parking lot on Benson View Road

Nanaimo masters win track and field titles

Nanaimo Track and Field Club athletes take gold at provincials

Nanaimo council grants development permit for 170 apartments near Long Lake

Concerns raised over traffic around Rutherford Road

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

POLL: How often do you see motorists throw cigarette butts out the window?

How often do you see motorists throw lit cigarette butts out the… Continue reading

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

Editorial: Make it out to the night market this summer

First Commercial Street Night Market of the summer is this Thursday, June 20

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

Scorpion gives birth after hitching ride in B.C. woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

Most Read