V.I. Raiders run wild in huge win

Nanaimo’s undefeated Canadian Junior Football League team smashed the Kamloops Broncos 77-4 on Saturday night in the desert.

V.I. Raiders tailback Jordan Botel

V.I. Raiders tailback Jordan Botel

The V.I. Raiders completely dominated an opponent in all facets of the game, once again.

Nanaimo’s undefeated Canadian Junior Football League team smashed the Kamloops Broncos 77-4 on Saturday night in the desert.

The numbers were eye-popping as usual, with the Raiders gaining 673 yards of offence compared to 97 by the Broncos.

Nanaimo was up 49-4 at the half and kept going in the second half, never settling for a field goal attempt and scoring 11 touchdowns. The game was a penalty-filled affair with several Raiders touchdowns called back due to unnecessary roughness.

The biggest chunks of yardage came from Raiders quarterback Jordan Yantz and tailback Jordan Botel. Yantz was 15-for-24 passing for 284 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. Yantz also had a rushing major. Botel racked up 226 rushing yards on 20 carries, punching in three TDs.

Receiver Dustin Pedersen made four catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns and fellow pass-catcher Mike Schaper also scored two TDs. Andrew Smith had the Raiders’ other touchdown catch.

Taylor Flavel scored Nanaimo’s other offensive touchdown on a 28-yard run and the Raiders also got points from the defence as linebacker Dylan Chapdelaine recovered a fumble for a TD.

Chapdelaine also had six tackles on the day and Ranji Atwall had seven. Casey Neal made five tackles. Adam Laurensse and Cole Bishop had interceptions and Evan Foster had a fumble recovery.

After the Raiders’ defence surrendered 200-plus yards of rushing in last week’s win over the Westshore Rebels, the D clamped down and held Kamloops’ feature back Mike McMaster to 16 yards on seven carries. Overall the Broncos managed 33 rush yards compared to 389 by the Raiders.

GAME ON … The next game for V.I. is this Saturday (Sept. 24), when the last-placed Chilliwack Huskers visit Caledonia Park for a 2 p.m. game.