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Stevens and Burko end regular season with big games

There are few individual honours in sport that are the equal of Huskie Outsider’s game balls. Mitch Stevens and Drew Burko were the recipients of our offensive game balls following Friday night’s 52-24 win over UBC, and Huskie Outsider spoke with them after the game.

Drew Burko hands the ball off to Jarvis James (photo Liam Richards for Electric Umbrella)

“It felt great to be back,” stated Burko, the team’s 1st year QB. “I had to knock a little rust off and I made a few bad decisions, but I got back into it.” Burko started for the Huskies before giving way to Chase Bradshaw, midway through the third quarter, with the Dogs enjoying a healthy lead. Burko was asked about having to return to the game after thinking his night was done. “It wasn’t a big deal,” he replied. “I didn’t feel like I was out of the game for too long before returning, so I was just stepping back in as if I was on the sidelines while a long drive was taking place.” One highlight for Drew, and the Huskies, was seeing him connect with slotback Braeden George for a major in George’s last home game. “It was great to hit Braeden and get a 5th year player a TD on the 5th years’ night.”

Mitch Stevens with one of his six receptions vs. UBC (photo Liam Richards for Electric Umbrella)

Burko’s favourite receiving target on Friday was Mitch Stevens. Stevens had 6 catches for 117 yards and 2 TD’s. Stevens spoke about the good roll that the offence is starting to get on. “Putting up over 50 points is huge for the offence, and hopefully that’s going to give us even more momentum going into the playoffs.” The Huskies have had two different starting quarterbacks during their current three game winning streak. “As we’ve shown these last few games,” Stevens commented, “it doesn’t really matter who we have behind centre – both Chase and Drew are leaders and we’re confident with either guy.” Mitch also commented about the relative health of the roster as the team begins the playoffs. “We’ve got almost our whole receiving corps back, and most of the defence is healthy. We’re a different team than we were a few weeks ago when we went into Calgary. I can’t wait to get to Regina.”

As Stevens stated, the Regina Rams are next up for the Huskies. The Rams handed the Dogs a 9 point loss back in September, and while Huskies know they can win the return match, they’ll have to be sharper this time around. “Regina has got a good football team,” Coach Towriss stated to the media on Friday night. “I know that we’re going to play hard and I’m sure they’re going to too. It’s going to be a great game.”

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