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Offence Sputters In Nanaimo

09/24/2016, 11:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun fall for the third straight game

Turnovers and untimely penalties led to a third straight loss for the Sun on Saturday afternoon, falling 14-8 in Nanaimo to the host VI Raiders.

The offence sputtered against the Raiders defence, not scoring a touchdown until the fourth quarter when quarterback Keith Zyla ran it in.  It was the first touchdown in eight quarters for the offence.  Zyla finished 2 of 7 for 22 yards coming off the bench.  Foster Martens started the game and completed 10 of 19 for 133 yards.  Rashaun Simonise made five receptions for 85 yards.

On the ground Brendan Hansen carried the rock 11 times for 63 yards on a rain soaked field.

Over on the defence, Cory McCoy was a force with four sacks and three solo tackles.   Jonas Gering also had a sack and five solo tackles, while Jamie Turek picked off a pass.

The Sun were penalized an incredible 32 times, setting a new team record.  The old mark was 30 which was set in Week 2 in Kamloops.

With the Sun loss and a Westshore Rebels win, the Rebels clinched first place and home field advantage throughout the Canadian Bowl playoffs.   The Rebels beat the Rams on Saturday dropping them into a second place tie with the Sun.  Next Sunday the Sun host the Rams, the winner will finish second and host the other in the Canadian Bowl quarterfinal two weeks later.  Sunday’s kick-off is set for 1:00pm.

 

GAME DAY!

09/24/2016, 12:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

the Sun visit the VI Raiders and Caledonia Park

Photo courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

Okanagan Sun @ VI Raiders – Saturday September 24, 2:00pm – Caledonia Park WATCH HERE (Raiders broadcast) | LISTEN HERE (Sun broadcast)

Both teams are headed to the post season, the Raiders know they will finished fourth, but the Sun are still fighting for positioning.  Back in Week 4 the Sun beat the Raiders 37-19.

Head to Head

Record: Sun 6-2, Raiders 3-4-1
Points For: Sun 236 – Raiders 205
Points Against: Sun 181 – Raiders 219

Passing Leaders: Foster Martens – 75 of 119 for 978 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions (Sun) – Jacob Laberge – 89 of 155 for 1265 yards, 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions (Raiders)

Rushing Leaders: Brendan Hansen – 90 carries for 455 yards, 1 touchdown (Sun) – Nathan Berg – 132 carries for 687 yards and 6 touchdowns (Raiders)

Receiving Leaders: Lliam Wishart – 34 receptions for 474 yards and 3 touchdowns (Sun) – Dustin Redriguez – 37 receptions for 684 yards* and 3 touchdowns (Raiders)

Field Goals: Kealey Heintz: 11-16, 68% (Sun) – James Parker – 14-21, 66% (Raiders)

Leading Tacklers: Eli Haynes – 28 tackles* (Sun) – Josh Paisley – 26 tackles (Raiders)

Turnovers: Sun – 6 interceptions, 9 fumbles lost, 10 turnover on downs (+7) – Raiders – 11 interceptions, 8 fumbles lost, 6 turnover on downs (+2)

*Leads Conference

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show

09/22/2016, 11:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Ben Macauley talks about a big match up with the Raiders

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The Sun are preparing for a date with the VI Raiders on Saturday, trying to snap a two game losing skid.

Head Coach Ben Macauley talks with Ryan Watters about the Hilltops game last weekend but also looking ahead to a big match-up with the Raiders, in a must win.

Under The Helmet: Zac Newman

09/20/2016, 10:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The newest member of the Sun secondary

The newest member of the Sun joined the club on Tuesday as defensive back Zac Newman took part in his first practice.

He was a member of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies earlier this year, but decided to make a change in his football life.

Newman will practice this week with his new teammates and is expected to play this weekend on the Island when the Sun (6-2) travel Nanaimo for a date with the Raiders (3-4-1).

Newman speaks with Ryan Watters.

 

Hilltops Pound Sun

09/17/2016, 10:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun fall 58-2 to the defending champs

It was a history making game in Kelowna, but not one the Okanagan Sun want documented falling to the Saskatoon Hilltops 58-2.

The Hilltops jumped out to a 14 point lead after three minutes on a Logan Fischer nine yard touchdown run and a 19 yard touchdown pass to Sam Mike and the Sun didn’t recover.

The only points the Sun managed was a conceded Hilltops safety in the first quarter.

The Sun offence was held to 111 yards on the ground and quarterback Keith Zyla was five of 15 for 60 yards.  

On the other side the Hilltops offence benefitted from a number of Sun miscues.  Quarterback Jared Andreychuk was 9-13 for 158 yards and threw four touchdown passes.  Fischer finished with 105 yards on 13 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.

The Sun (6-2) will now prepare for a road trip to face the VI Raiders on Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm.

Okanagan Sun Preview

09/17/2016, 6:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Game time with Ryan Watters and Jason Casey

Ryan Watters and Jason set up the historical match up with the Saskatoon Hilltops

GAME DAY!

09/17/2016, 6:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's a rematch of the 2015 Canadian Bowl tonight!

Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography

Saskatoon Hilltops @ Okanagan Sun – Saturday September 17, 7:00pm – Apple Bowl – WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE

It’s the ninth meeting between these two winning programs and second in as many seasons.  This will be the first visit to the Apple Bowl for the Hilltops since the 2000 Canadian Bowl.

Head to Head

Record: Hilltops 4-1, Sun 6-1
Points For: 169 – Sun 234
Points Against: Hilltops 103 – Sun 123

Passing Leaders: Jared Andreychuk – 73 of 119 for 1056 yards, 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions (Hilltops) – Foster Martens – 75 of 116 for 978 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions (Sun)

Rushing Leaders: Logan Fischer – 78 carries for 443 yards and 5 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Brendan Hansen – 85 carries for 422 yards and 1 touchdown (Sun)

Receiving Leaders: Sam Mike – 19 receptions for 315 yards and 2 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Lliam Wishart – 32 receptions for 463 yards and 3 touchdowns (Sun)

Field Goals: James Vause – 6-8, 75% (Hilltops) – Kealey Heintz – 11-16, 68% (Sun)

Leading Tackers: Cameron Schnitzler – 31 tackles (Hilltops) – Eli Haynes – 24 tackles (Sun)

Turnovers: Hilltops – 6 interceptions, 7 fumbles lost, 2 turnover on downs (+2) – Sun – 6 interceptions, 6 fumbles lost, 8 turnover on downs (+10)

 

CJFL Spotlight: Kealey Heintz

09/16/2016, 4:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun kicker and former Hilltops

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The only current rostered player to play with both the Okanagan Sun and Saskatoon Hilltops is kicker Kealey Heintz.

He played for the Hilltops in his first two seasons, before joining the Sun this year.   He is 11-16 with the Sun and hit three big field goals last weekend to keep his team close.  He is the reigning BCFC Special Teams Player of the Week, an award he was won twice this season.

He’s under the CJFL Spotlight as he speaks with Ryan Watters about his experiences with both the Hilltops and the Sun.

 

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show

09/15/2016, 11:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Ben Macauley talks about the Saskatoon Hilltops

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

It`s been quite a buzz around the Sun this week considering they are coming off a loss in Westshore.

The excitement of the Canadian Bowl rematch was thrilling, but throw in the signing of Rashuan Simonise and the excitement is through the roof.

Head Coach Ben Macauley speaks with Ryan Watters

SUNFEST Scholarship Fundraiser

09/14/2016, 8:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Thursday September 15, tickets available now

The 8th Annual Okanagan Sun Scholarship Fundraiser takes place tomorrow (Thursday September 15) from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Laurel Packinghouse in the heart of Downtown Kelowna’s Cultural District.

Over 175 players have benefited from the Sun Scholarship Fund in the past seven years.  Players have been able to continue their education at Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan while playing football at a high level.

This year the Sun have called an audible and have changed the event to SUNFEST, a wine and social event with a list of amazing prizes.  

As in years past the funds raised will be placed in the Sun Scholarship fund and will be assisted by JDS Energy & Mining, Moxies Classic Grill and Scotiabank.

Advanced tickets for the 8th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser, SUNFEST are available now but calling Les Weiss at 250-859-5603

Individual tickets are just $30.00* and includes two glasses of wine and appies.

*Appropriate taxes not included

Laurel Packinghouse
1304 Ellis Street
Downtown Kelowna

 

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Offence Sputters In Nanaimo

09/24/2016, 11:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun fall for the third straight game

GAME DAY!

09/24/2016, 12:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

the Sun visit the VI Raiders and Caledonia Park

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show

09/22/2016, 11:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Ben Macauley talks about a big match up with the Raiders

Sun Criticized

09/21/2016, 9:15am PDT, By Kevin Parnell - Kelowna Capital News

Okanagan Sun face criticism from BCFC after lopsided loss in Kelowna

Under The Helmet: Zac Newman

09/20/2016, 10:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The newest member of the Sun secondary

Hilltops Pound Sun

09/17/2016, 10:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun fall 58-2 to the defending champs

Okanagan Sun Preview

09/17/2016, 6:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Game time with Ryan Watters and Jason Casey

GAME DAY!

09/17/2016, 6:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's a rematch of the 2015 Canadian Bowl tonight!

CJFL Spotlight: Kealey Heintz

09/16/2016, 4:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun kicker and former Hilltops

Okanagan Sun Coaches Show

09/15/2016, 11:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Ben Macauley talks about the Saskatoon Hilltops

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