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Freshmen RB’s make most of their opportunity

Among the many positive things coming out of Friday’s game was the opportunity for the Huskie coaching staff to play lots of their depth because of a healthy lead. Among the beneficiaries of the extra playing time were freshmen running backs Jarvis James and Drew Bexson. “It’s a big boost to their confidence,” Coach Towriss remarked, after the game, about the good games played by the two first year Huskies. “Jarvis is getting better each time out and Drew can bang in there. It’s nice to get those guys some action, and if they have to play next week, they’ll be a bit more ready.” Huskie Outsider caught up with James and Bexson to talk about their performance.

Freshman Jarvis James scored his first CIS touchdown with a 68 yard carry (photo Steve Hiscock for Electric Umbrella)

Jarvis scored his first CIS TD, on a 68 yard carry in the fourth quarter. “The OLinemen did their job, and I got some great blocking by the receivers to spring me for a long run,” he explained. Similar to what BT said, Jarvis sees the benefit of any chance he gets to be on the field. “It was good for Drew and I to get some reps,” he remarked. “It’ll help us now and in the years to come.”

Bexson, from Lloydminster, didn’t get into the endzone, but he impressed fans with how hard he ran while picking up 25 yards on 6 carries. “I try to be the best player that I can be,” he explained,” and my size (6′-0″, 210 pounds) helps me be able to hit hard. Some guys along the sideline were telling me to run people over, so that was on my mind. My offensive line was great – they opened up some holes and I just did my job from there.” The 31 points that the Dogs put up in the first two quarters paved the way for him to see some action. “I was hoping that our team could keep scoring and that I might get some carries.” This was the second regular season game in which Drew was on the game day roster. “I got to play a bit in week #1, and since then I had been playing on the show team. Being on the show team has its ups and downs, but you have to learn and improve each week.”

Jarvis hopes that the offence is peaking at the right time of the year. “The offence was great tonight. We executed the plays well, Drew (QB Burko) was throwing a nice ball, and the receivers made plays after catching them. Everybody did their job.”