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GAME DAY!

08/29/2015, 6:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

After the rainout yesterday the Sun battle the Rams today

Due to weather yesterday's match up in Langley will kick off today (August 30) at 3:00pm at McLeod Stadium in Langley

Photo courtesy of Jillian Kirby

The Sun will face the Rams today in their 53rd meeting all-time.  Since the Rams moved to Langley in 2011 the Sun have won just once in three appearances at McLeod Stadium.  The victory came in their first visit to Langley, since then the Sun have lost two straight including a 33-20 loss last year.

All-Time Regular Season Record – 36-14-1 – All-Time against the Rams on the road (Surrey, South Fraser, Big Kahuna, Langley) – 17-7.   

All-Time Score – 1466 (Sun) – 936 (Rams)

Comparison

Record – Sun 5-0 – Rams 3-2

Points For – Sun 267 – Rams 146
Points Allowed – Sun 26 – Rams 89

Passing Leaders – Josiah Joseph 42 of 54 for 785 yards, 7 touchdowns and 1 interception (Sun) – Dylan Tucker – 24 of 45 for 467 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception (Rams)

Rushing Leaders – Dillon Fortune 38 carries for 272 yards and 4 touchdowns (Sun) – Nathan Lund – 39 carries for 397 yards and 4 touchdowns (Rams)

Receiving Leaders – Kyle Kawamoto 18 receptions for 496 yards and 2 touchdowns (Sun) – Bobby Pospischil – 15 receptions for 429 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rams)

Field Goals –Thomas Huber 10 of 13, 76% (Sun) – Brian Hope 4 of 7, 57% (Rams)

Leading Tacklers –Cord Deline 13 tackles (Sun) – Alex Agnoletto 18 tackles (Rams)

Turnovers – Sun +6 – Rams +10

Watch the game tonight via the Langley Rams pay per view broadcast HERE

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show - Week 6

08/27/2015, 11:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Shane Beatty prepares for another rematch with Langley

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Just two weeks ago the Sun hosted and beat the Langley Rams 32-13.  Fast forward to Saturday and the two clubs will match up again, this time in Langley. 

The Sun will be looking for a victory for the first time since 2011 in Langley.

Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talks with head coach Shane Beatty about last week's blowout of Valley and looks ahead to a date with the Rams.

Week 6 Preview

08/27/2015, 3:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Sun visit Rams in a Week 4 rematch

Photo courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

The Game of the Week in the BCFC will feature a rematch between the Okanagan Sun (5-0) and the defending BCFC champion Langley Rams (3-2) on Saturday night.

Just two weeks ago the Sun beat the Rams 32-13 at the Apple Bowl behind 429 yards of total offence along with an outstanding defensive performance.

Sun quarterback Josiah Joseph was solid in the second half completing 12 of 14 for 211 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Lerone Robinson.  Couple that with a three touchdown night by Dillon Fortune on the ground and the Sun would remain undefeated.

Defensively the Sun allowed just 149 yards of total offence by the Rams forcing four touchdowns, including three interceptions.  Quarterback Dylan Tucker finished 9 of 18 for 61 yards while Devoun Hallums was 3 of 7 for 22 yards.

The Rams managed just 89 yards on the ground, Nathan Lund collecting 50 of those yards on 10 carries.

The CJFL’s sack leader Brock Gowanlock was held without a sack for the only time this season.  He has 9 coming into Week 6.

Alex Agnoletto of the Rams has caught fire recently, leading his club with 18 tackles and recorded his first interception last weekend.  He has been named the BCFC’s Defensive Player of the Week twice this year.

This should be a physical affair, however both teams need to avoid penalties.  Combined back in Week 4 the Sun and Rams totaled 18 penalties for 175 yards.

This game will feature the best two defences in the BCFC.  The Sun have allowed a Conference low 26 points, while the Rams have allowed the second fewest points of 87.  Both teams have 21 takeaways, the Sun with a Conference high 10 interceptions, led by Brennan Van Nistelrooy’s four.

The Rams have not lost to the Sun at home since 2011.  Last year the only regular season loss for the Sun was in Langley falling 33-20.


Comparison

Record – Sun 5-0 – Rams 3-2

Points For – Sun 267 – Rams 146
Points Allowed – Sun 26 – Rams 89

Passing Leaders – Josiah Joseph 42 of 54 for 785 yards, 7 touchdowns and 1 interception (Sun) – Dylan Tucker – 24 of 45 for 467 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception (Rams)

Rushing Leaders – Dillon Fortune 38 carries for 272 yards and 4 touchdowns (Sun) – Nathan Lund – 39 carries for 397 yards and 4 touchdowns (Rams)

Receiving Leaders – Kyle Kawamoto 18 receptions for 496 yards and 2 touchdowns (Sun) – Bobby Pospischil – 15 receptions for 429 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rams)

Field Goals –Thomas Huber 10 of 13, 76% (Sun) – Brian Hope 4 of 7, 57% (Rams)

Leading Tacklers –Cord Deline 13 tackles (Sun) – Alex Agnoletto 18 tackles (Rams)

Takeaways/Giveaways – Sun +6 – Rams +10

In The Huddle: Kawamoto

08/25/2015, 4:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

First year receiver making an immediate impact

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Through the first five games of the season, first year receiver Kyle Kawamoto leads all Sun receivers with 18 receptions for 496 yards and has a pair of long 50+ yard touchdowns.

As a matter of fact, his first career BCFC touchdown came on his first reception, a 54 yard pass in the home opener from Cam Bedore.

Kawamoto has SFU experience as we find out "In The Huddle" with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Five Takeaways From Week 5

08/25/2015, 12:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Inside the broadcast centre of the David Nagy press box

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The Sun dominated the Valley Huskers on Saturday night 66-3 to remain undefeated.

Here are "five takeaways" from the Sun radio network broadcast booth with Ryan Watters:

1) Van Nistelrooy, a lefty?  Over the last three seasons we have seen Brennan Van Nistelrooy line up as the punter on third and long situations.  Once he receives the snap, he has been granted permission from Coach Beatty to either kick or run for a first down.  Van Nistelrooy is right handed and right footed, or is he?  On Saturday night after taking the snap he ran left, the Huskers closed the gap so he punted the ball with his LEFT FOOT.  He’ll tell you it wasn’t his best kick, but still was able to execute it!

2) The magnificent 10:  In the third quarter when Abdi-Nasir Abdi scored a touchdown on a 14 yard run, he became the 10th different Sun player to score a touchdown against the Valley Huskers this season.

3) Holy first downs:  In the first half on Saturday night the Sun offence recorded 18 first downs.  The most in one half so far this season.  They finished with 26 first downs, a number they also reached in Week 1 against the Rebels.  By the way the Sun defence held the Huskers to ONE first down in the first half.

4) Terrance Williams and his green shoes: Most people around the Sun knew Terrance Williams (pictured) was fast, the Apple Bowl got their first look at just how fast he is, wearing his green shoes which seemingly left a green trail of speed behind him.  Lined up in the slot position in the second frame, quarterback Keith Zyla yelled “hut” and Williams was off, blazing past the Huskers DB and making an outstanding catch at mid-field.  Two plays later the combo ran the same play and Williams caught his first BCFC touchdown from 57 yards out.  The Huskers DB is still trying to catch up to him.  Pretty cool that the touchdown was also Zyla’s first career TD pass.

5) 265 and counting: The win on Saturday night was the franchise’s 265th all-time victory.  The feat took 327 games.

The Sun will travel to Langley on Saturday night looking for win 266 and 6th of this season.  Kick-off is set for 7:00pm.

A Season Sweep of Valley

08/22/2015, 11:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun go to 5-0 after a big win on Saturday night

The Sun continued their dominance over the Valley (Chilliwack) Huskers on Saturday night with a 66-3 victory, winning their fifth straight to start the season.

On their first possession, Josiah Joseph led the offence 64 yards on six plays for the opening score as Dillon Fortune scampered in from 11 yards, setting the tone of the game.

Just 10 seconds later on the ensuing kick-off Keagan Hughes hammered the Huskers returner, jarring the ball loose.  Tyler Geisler picked it up and ran it back 17 yards for a touchdown to give the home side a 14-0 lead.

In all Fortune finished the first half with eight carries for 66 yards, as the Sun as a team collected 183 yards on the ground in the first half alone.

Joseph was very accurate in the first half, finishing 11 of 12 for 171 yards and a three yard touchdown strike to Kyle Patchell.

Meanwhile the Sun defence was stellar once again, allowing 23 yards in the first half and 14 yards through the air.    They got on the scoreboard as well when Raquille Cespedes intercepted a pass and returned it 47 yards for a pick six with 1:19 remaining in the first half.

Also in the second quarter rookie quarterback Keith Zyla hit a streaking Terrance Williams for a 57 yard touchdown bomb.  It was both players first touchdown of their junior careers.

Braden Mann got in on the act with his first touchdown of the season, blasting his way in from two yards out.

In the second half Joseph threw two more touchdown passes, as Patchell caught his second and Pierre Luc-Lord hauled in a TD from 23 yards out.

Joseph finished 15 of 18 for 238 yards and three touchdowns.  Zyla was 2 of 6 for 105 yards and a major.

The ground attack compiled 279 yards, led by Fortune’s 89 yards.  Fortune, Mann and Abdi-Nasier Abdi scored rushing touchdowns.

The Huskers offence had no answer for the Sun “D” finishing with 71 yards on the ground and 63 through the air.  They recorded just six first downs in the game, five of which coming in the second half.  The only points they scored was a 32 yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter.

In the two game regular season series the Sun have outscored the Huskers 130-3

The Sun (5-0) have won 28 of the 29 meetings all time with the Huskers. They will pay a visit to the Langley Rams (3-2) on Saturday night.  Kick-off is set for 7:00pm.

GAME DAY!

08/22/2015, 12:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun host the Huskers for the first time since 2013

The Sun hit the halfway point of the season hosting the Valley Huskers for the first time since Week 10 the 2013 season.  These two teams will match up for the 29th time and again just three weeks after the Sun shutout the Huskers 64-0 in Chilliwack in Week 2.

The Huskers haven’t scored a point at the Apple Bowl since the 2013 Sun home opener.  That game the Sun defeated the Huskers 64-10, but the victory was overturned due to an ineligible player.  The Sun forfeited the win after the BCFC ruling, giving the Huskers a 1-0 victory.

All-Time Record – 27-1 – All-Time at the Apple Bowl – 14-1 (including 3 playoff games)

Only home loss was in 2013 due to the Sun using an ineligible player forcing the Sun to forfeit 1-0

All-Time Score – 1292 (Sun) – 232 (Huskers)

Comparison in 2015

Record – Sun 4-0 - Huskers 0-4

Points For – Sun 201 – Huskers 38
Points Allowed – Sun 23 – Huskers 233

Passing Leaders – Noah Falconer 52 of 106 for 557 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception (Huskers) - Josiah Joseph 27 of 36 for 547 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception (Sun)

Rushing Leaders – Jackson Ryan 17 carries for 108 yards and 1 touchdown (Huskers) – Kory Nagata 24 carries for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns (Sun)

Receiving Leaders – Jesse Deering 13 receptions for 217 yards and 1 touchdown (Huskers) – Kyle Kawamoto 14 receptions for 385 yards and 2 touchdowns (Sun)

Field Goals – Ryan Beaubien 1 of 1, 100% (Huskers) – Thomas Huber 9 of 11, 82% (Sun)

Leading Tacklers – Connor Smith 17 tackles (Huskers) – Cord Deline 11 tackles (Sun)

Takeaways/Giveaways – Sun +5 – Huskers -11

Watch and listen to the play by play HERE with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) beginning with the Kick-Off Show at 6:30pm.

Photo courtesy of Rick Streifel

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show - Week 5

08/20/2015, 11:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty prepares for the Valley Huskers

The Sun host the Valley Huskers at the Apple Bowl on Saturday, a team they shutout in Week 2 64-0 in Chilliwack.

The Huskers make their first visit to Kelowna since the 2013 season.

it's also the CJFL's Minor Football Week.  Look for 58 atom aged players to play at halftime, stand beside the Sun for the national anthem and act as honourary captains.

Head Coach Shane Beatty talks with Ryan Watters about the Huskers and the win last week over the Rams.

CJFL Minor Football Week

08/19/2015, 11:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

President of Kelowna Minor talks numbers

The Canadian Junior Football League is proud to announce “CJFL Minor Football Week” and the Sun will celebrate this Saturday night.

All 12 teams across the Prairies and BC Conferences will welcome minor football players of all ages to one of their home games this week.

"CJFL teams are an integral part of the communities that they represent,” said CJFL Commissioner Jim Pankovich.  "Minor football, along with the Canadian Junior Football organizations, is important to the development of our next generation athletes and community leaders.  The CJFL is pleased to showcase minor football in our communities during the CJFL Minor Football Week.”

Saturday night roughly 58 atom aged kids will be at the Apple Bowl standing on the field for the national anthem, representing their team as honourary captains, playing at halftime and three lucky kids will begin Week 5 of the season with a ceremonial kick-off.

Thousands of kids play minor football across the country each year and the CJFL would like to recognize them along with the countless volunteer hours from coaches, game staff and parents.

Many of the young athletes will have an opportunity one day to dress in the orange and brown.

Ryan Watters talks with Kelowna Minor President Jeff Koltun about the popularity of football in Kelowna.

Sun Announce 2015 Scholarship Dinner

08/18/2015, 1:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Geroy Simon will be the guest speaker on October 7th

The Okanagan Sun are proud to announce the guest speaker for the Seventh Annual Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday October 7, 2015 at the Coast Capri Hotel.

Over 100 players have benefited from the Sun Scholarship Fund in the past six years.  Players have been able to continue their education at Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan while playing football at a high level.

This year’s guest speaker is former CFL former BC Lion Geroy Simon. After his 15 year playing career he has returned to the Lions as the Player/Business Developmental Advisor.  He spent 12 incredible seasons as a Lion establishing franchise marks for receptions (904), yards (14,756) and touchdowns (93). A six-time CFL All-Star and seven-time West Division All-Star, Geroy was the league’s Most Outstanding Player in 2006 after posting career-highs in both receptions (105) and yards (1,856).

In total, Geroy played 237 regular season games for Winnipeg, BC and Saskatchewan recording all-time CFL marks of 1,029 receptions for 16,352 yards to go along with 103 touchdowns. His amazing career also included 18 playoff games and four trips to the Grey Cup.

Tickets for the Seventh Annual Scholarship Dinner are available now.

Individual tickets - $150.00* per person

Tables of Eight - $1,200.00*

Tables of 10 - $1,500.00*

*Appropriate taxes not included

Cocktails begin at 6:30pm, dinner is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Purchase tickets by calling Stewart Vanderheide – 250-300-5567

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The Sun Was Shining In Langley

08/30/2015, 5:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

A convincing 52-10 victory over the defending champs

GAME DAY!

08/29/2015, 6:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

After the rainout yesterday the Sun battle the Rams today

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show - Week 6

08/27/2015, 11:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Shane Beatty prepares for another rematch with Langley

Week 6 Preview

08/27/2015, 3:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Sun visit Rams in a Week 4 rematch

In The Huddle: Kawamoto

08/25/2015, 4:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

First year receiver making an immediate impact

Five Takeaways From Week 5

08/25/2015, 12:15am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Inside the broadcast centre of the David Nagy press box

A Season Sweep of Valley

08/22/2015, 11:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun go to 5-0 after a big win on Saturday night

GAME DAY!

08/22/2015, 12:15am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun host the Huskers for the first time since 2013

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show - Week 5

08/20/2015, 11:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty prepares for the Valley Huskers

CJFL Minor Football Week

08/19/2015, 11:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

President of Kelowna Minor talks numbers

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