V.I. Raiders in brief: Oake outstanding, Woz wounded

Linebacker Andrew Oake was named the BCFC’s Defensive Player of the Week after Saturday’s 52-8 win over the Westshore Rebels. Defensive lineman Nick Woznesensky has gone on the injured list.

Linebacker player of week

The V.I. Raiders have the No. 1 defence in the B.C. Football Conference, but it took until Week 7 for one of their players to earn individual recognition from the league.

Linebacker Andrew Oake was named the BCFC’s Defensive Player of the Week after Saturday’s 52-8 win over the Westshore Rebels.

He had six tackles, a batted ball and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. It was Oake’s first TD in junior.

“I saw the ball pop out so I reached down and grabbed it and I saw the goal line in front of me so I dove for it,” he said.

Injury sidelines Woznesensky

The V.I. Raiders are scrambling to fill a major hole in the defence after veteran Nick Woznesensky went down with injury early in Saturday’s 52-8 win over the Westshore Rebels.

The defensive tackle, who has four and a half sacks this season and led the league in that category when he got hurt, suffered a lower-body injury.

As of Tuesday night, the Raiders were still waiting to learn to learn the extent of Woznesensky’s injury but coach Matthew “Snoop” Blokker said it’s thought to be severe and could keep the vet out until at least the playoffs.

Since the B.C. Football Conference’s trade deadline is today (Sept. 15), Blokker said he’s been working the phones trying to acquire another defensive tackle. Failing that, the team might consider shuffling someone over from the offensive line.