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Win Streak Climbs To Five

09/14/2014, 10:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Second straight win in Nanaimo, 19-7 on Saturday

For the second straight game this season the Sun go into Nanaimo and left with a victory over the Raiders; a 19-7 win on Saturday afternoon, part of the CJFL’s Rivalry Week.

Rookie quarterback Josiah Joseph made his the first start of his junior career and finished 10 of 18 for 150 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Lerone Robinson, his fourth of the season. 

As in the previous two matches with the Raiders, the Sun ground game led the offense with 236 yards.  Alex Bradley rushed 15 times for 96 yards, while the BCFC rushing leader Dillon Fortune carried 10 times for 73 yards.  Kasey Russell scores his sixth major of the season, on his longest run of the year, rumbling 21 yards for the score.

Defensively the Sun collected a season high seven quarterback sacks.  Zak Ironstand had three of them, while Lucas Machado, Manu Eli, JT Fernandez and Justin Gabriel each recorded one.  Dexter Janke made his third interception of the season, all coming in the last two games.   Machado and Gabriel both recovered a fumble and Cord Delinte led the club with six solo tackles.

The “D” once again didn’t allow a team to collect 100 yards on the ground for the seventh straight game this season, allowing just 86 yards against the Raiders.  Where the Raiders did find success was through the air gathering 336 yards.

The Sun now move to 6-1 and will play three straight home games to finish the regular season.  This Saturday night the Sun host the Westshore Rebels (2-5) at 7:00pm at the Apple Bowl, part of the the CJFL's Minor Football Week (#cjflminor).  Game tickets are available HERE ...

GAME DAY - Sun @ Raiders

09/13/2014, 5:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

These two rivals will meet for the third time this season

Game Notes - Week 8

The Sun will play the Vancouver Island Raiders for the third time this season.  In the first two meetings the Sun have outscored them 102-20.  The game will be played at 2:00pm in Nanamio at Caledonia Park.

All-Time Regular Season Record vs Raiders – 6-15

All-Time at Caledonia Park against the Raiders – 2-14 (includes playoffs). Includes the Week 4 victory; 64-20.

All-Time Score – 439 (Sun) – 540 (Raiders)

Comparison

Record – Sun 5-1 – Raiders 3-3
Points For – Sun 248 – Raiders 228
Points Allowed – Sun 86 – Raiders 205

Last game – Sun 31-Rams 10, Raiders 81-Huskers 6

Passing Leaders – Cam Bedore 49 of 103 for 775 yards and 8 touchdowns (Sun) – Liam O’Brien 99* of 149 for 1679* yards, 13 touchdowns (Raiders)

Rushing Leaders – Dillon Fortune – 46 carries* for 434 yards* and 4 touchdowns (Sun) – Nathan Berg – 62 carries for 218 yards and 4 touchdowns (Raiders)

Receiving Leaders – Kyle Patchell – 12 catches for 261 yards, 3 touchdowns (Sun) – Marshall Cook – 39 receptions*, 558 yards, 6 touchdowns* (Raiders)

Field Goals – Thomas Huber – 5 of 7, 71.4% (Sun) - Matias Bueno – 2 of 3, 66.7% (Raiders)

Takeaways/Giveaways – Sun +17* – Raiders -6

Leading Tacklers – Robbie Yochim – 20 (Sun) – Josh Paisley – 15 (Raiders)

*Conference high

Photo courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

Watch and listen to the game HERE .

Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

09/11/2014, 9:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Coach Beatty talks about another visit in Nanaimo

For the third time this season the Sun (5-1) will face their arch rival the Vancouver Island Raiders (3-3), part of the CJFL's Rivalry Week. (#cjflrivalry)

In the first two meetings of the season the Sun have outscored the Raiders 102-20, including a 64-20 win in Week 4 at Caledonia Park.  It was the team's first win in Nanaimo since 2005.

Saturday afternoon's game will kick-off at 2:00pm and Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talks with Head Coach Shane Beatty about the match-up.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography
 

Two Players Tops in the BCFC

09/11/2014, 12:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Dexter Janke and Robbie Yochim receive Conference honours

After the 31-10 win over the Langley Rams on Saturday night e Sun took sole possession of first place in the BC Football Conference. Thanks to the win, two players were announced as Conference Players of the Week.

The Sun were led by their defense and special teams, holding the Rams high powered offense to just 43 yards on the ground and 179 total offensive yards.  The “D” forced seven turnovers, including two interceptions from the “BC Lions Defensive Player of the Week” Dexter Janke.  The Edmonton native returned both interceptions to inside the Rams 20 yard line, one of which was a 70 yard return.  Janke also made two solo tackles and assisted on one.

Besides the defense the Sun Special Teams were a major factor on Saturday night, led by the “BC Lions Special Teams Player of the Week,” Robbie Yochim.  The fifth year veteran got the Sun on the board in the first quarter with a 50 yard punt return for a touchdown.  Yochim totaled three punt returns for 102 yards and one kick-off return for 34 yards.

Photos courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Sun Face Raiders ... Part 3

09/10/2014, 4:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Saturday afternoon the Sun will travel to the Island to battle the Raiders

For the third time this season the Sun (5-1) will battle their arch rival the Vancouver Island Raiders (3-3) on Saturday afternoon in Nanaimo.

Four weeks ago on August 16th the Sun travelled to the Island and beat the Raiders 64-20, handing the defending champs their worst loss in franchise history, while winning at Caledonia Park for the first time since 2005.

That game the offense compiled 693 yards of total offense, a far cry from their 139 last weekend against the Langley Rams at the Apple Bowl.

The Sun have won four straight, including back to back wins over the Raiders, outscoring them 102-20.  On this four game streak the Sun have pounded the opposition 187-46, not allowing a team to gain over 100 yards on the ground.  As a matter of fact the Sun defense hasn’t allowed a team to gain over 100 yards on the ground all year.  The most a team has rushed on the defense was the Raiders in Week 3 at the Apple Bowl when they collected 93.

The impressive numbers don’t stop there for the “D”.  The Sun have a Conference high 15 interceptions after recording five last week against the Rams.  Robbie Yochim has a team high three interceptions, while Dexter Janke, Landon King, Beck Fullerton and JT Fernandez have two each.

The Raiders have started to play better football, now six games into the season with a brand new coaching staff.  They have won two straight, including an emotional come from behind win at home just prior to the bye week against the Rams.  Down late in the third quarter, the Raiders rallied and beat the Rams 52-44.  Last weekend they destroyed the Valley Huskers 81-6.

Like last week the Sun will see another dangerous kick return game.  Michael Ritchott and Dustin Rodriguez are two speedsters and are as lethal as they come returning both kick offs and punts combining to return four kicks for touchdowns.  Ritchott is averaging 36.9 yards a kick-off return and has two majors in 13 returns. He also has a punt return for a touchdown. Rodriguez has brought back 14 punts for 275 yards and has a touchdown. 

Speaking of Special Teams the Sun have been pretty darn good themselves.  Last week when facing the record setting Rams return game, the Sun unit held them to an average of 13.7 yards a punt return and nine yards on kick-off returns.  The CJFL record holder John Beckerleg returned four kick offs for just 36 yards thanks in large part to the coverage of Jamie Turek, who was the fastest player down the field.

Offensively the Sun will once again try and establish the run game against the Raiders defense, something they were able to do in August compiling 295 yards.  Dillon Fortune was a beast that afternoon rushing six times for 126 yards and a score.  Obviously the run game will open up the passing attack which gained 411 yards in the last meeting.   Kyle Patchell and Cam Bedore had their best junior games as Patchell hauled in eight passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.  Bedore was 18 of 24 for 351 yards and threw four majors.

Saturday afternoon will be another big test for all three phases of the game.  Head Coach Shane Beatty will be the first to tell you it’s very difficult to beat a team three times in a season.  This club will not only look to beat the current roster of the Raiders, but will have to once again deal with the mystique of Caledonia Park, a place in which they only have two wins since 2005.

Kick-off is set for 2:00pm.

Photo courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

Special Teams & Defense Lead To Win

09/06/2014, 11:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun celebrate a 31-10 win over Rams

The Sun got payback on Saturday night clubbing the Langley Rams 31-10 in front of a ruckus crowd at the Apple Bowl.

It was the Rams who beat the Sun in Week 2, 33-20 the only blemish on their 5-1 record.

Saturday night wasn’t the prettiest offensive games with just 128 yards on the ground and 65 through the air.   So it was up to the Sun defense and special teams to perform, and that they did.

The game didn’t start the way the Sun had hoped, as Dillon Fortune had the ball ripped from his hands on the first play from scrimmage by linebacker Ethan Schulz, who then ran the other way 25 yards for a major.

Seven minutes later the Sun special teams responded, as Robbie Yochim returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown, tying the game.  It was Yochim’s first return for a touchdown this season.

Then as time was running out on the first quarter, Brennan Van Nistelrooy took a fake punt 40 yards to the end zone to give the Sun the lead for good.

In the second quarter Thomas Huber connected on a 12 yard field goal set up by a Dexter Janke interception return down to the two yard line. 

Three minutes later Janke picked off another pass, setting the Sun offense up deep inside Rams territory.  From there, quarterback Cam Bedore threw his eighth touchdown pass of the season, a seven yarder to Leone Robinson.

The Sun weren’t done there as Kasey Russell powered his way into the end zone for the fifth time this season on a two yard plunge.  Oddly enough it was the longest run for Russell this season.  His other four touchdowns came from just a yard out.

At the half the Sun led 31-7.  Both teams made adjustments and both defenses played outstanding.

The only points of the second half came from the foot of Rams kicker Steve Thomas connecting on a 31 yarder in the third quarter.

Both defenses pitched a shutout in the final quarter.

The Sun defense was solid, giving up just 44 yards on the ground and 152 through the air, most of which was in the second half.  The “D” created seven Ram turnovers; five interceptions and two turnovers on downs.  Janke recorded a pair of interceptions, JT Fernandez, Yochim and Van Nistelrooy had the others.

With the victory the Sun move into sole possession of first place as 5-1, while the Rams drop to 4-2 and second place.

The Sun play their final road game of the season next Saturday as the club travels to Vancouver Island to face the Raiders for the third time this year.  Kickoff is set for 2:00pm.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

09/04/2014, 10:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Coach Beatty talks about the bye weekend and the Rams

Saturday night is a first place showdown as the Sun (4-1) host the Langley Rams (4-1).

It's a rematch of Week 2 when the Sun lost 33-20 in Langley, their lone loss of the season.

The Sun are well rested after a bye week, currently on a three game winning streak.  Head Coach Shane Beatty talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the bye and the preparation for a very dangerous Rams team ...

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Sun Host Rams Preview

09/03/2014, 11:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

A first place showdown between the Sun and Rams

You know what they say about payback?!  The Sun are hoping for some payback on Saturday night when they welcome in the Langley Rams at 7:00pm.

In Week 2, the Rams beat the Sun 33-20 in Langley holding the passing game to just 76 yards.

Saturday night will be a battle for first place.  Through the first five games of the season, both teams are 4-1.  The Rams have scored the most points in the BCFC (266), while the Sun have allowed the fewest (76) and are coming off a bye.

The Rams have scored over 70 points twice this season, against Kamloops and Westshore.

The Sun defense has been stellar this season and are working as a team swarming the ball.  The front seven don’t allow a lot of yards on the ground, allowing an average of 61 yards in the first half of the season.

Saturday night the Sun secondary will be tested again as the Rams like to throw and have some large, lengthy targets to throw to.  Rams quarterback Dylan Tucker has connected on a Conference high 14 touchdowns.  Malcolm Williams is 6’3 and has a Conference high five touchdowns, Dan English is also 6’3 with four touchdown receptions and Tore Corrado is only 6’0 but has blazing speed and he showed to the Sun in Week 2.  He caught five passes for 137 yards and sprinted for a 61 yard major.

Another area the Sun will have to be concerned about is on special teams.  The Rams’ John Beckerleg has set a new Canadian Junior Football League record with four kick-off returns for a touchdown and will remind Sun fans of Nick Downey, a former Ram, who torched teams on punt and kick-off returns.  

In total the Rams have returned six kicks for touchdowns this season.  Beckerleg has five of them.  In Week 2, the Sun held him to three returns for 25 yards.

These two teams are very even on paper. Both have threats offensively, both great defenses and both can throw a wrinkled on special teams.

The one category the Sun and Rams are not even, is in the penalty category.  The Rams are the most penalized team in the Conference, collecting 24 flags last weekend alone for 185 yards.  In the Week 2 match-up the Sun and Rams combined for 32 penalties for 291 yards.

The Sun should be the more rested team after the bye week with the Rams hosting the Broncos last Sunday.  The Sun have never played the Rams following a bye and are 2-3 following Labour Day.

Kick-off at the Apple Bowl is set for 7:00pm.  Catch the live play by play beginning with the Kick-Off Show at 6:30pm with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) on AM 1150 and across the Sun Football Network.

Photo courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

Life After A Bye

09/02/2014, 9:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

History tells us if the Sun like the Labour Day bye

The week following the Labour Day bye hasn’t been kind to the Sun in recent years.

The Sun haven’t won a game following the bye since 2011 when they beat the Chilliwack Huskers 42-7.

Since the BCFC created the Labour Day bye weekend in 2009, the Sun are 2-3, but have outscored their opponents 142-95.

Following this year’s bye weekend the Sun (4-1) will host the Langley Rams (4-1) at the Apple Bowl on Saturday night at 7:00pm. The Sun have not played the Rams immediately after the bye weekend.

Since 2009, the game results following the Labour Day bye are:

2013 - @ Vancouver Island Raiders – 45-17 LOSS
2012 – vs. Victoria Rebels – 27-24 LOSS
2011 – vs. Chilliwack Huskers – 42-7 WIN
2010 – vs. Chilliwack Huskers – 48-0 WIN
2009 - @ Vancouver Island Raiders – 16-11 LOSS

The Sun are on a three game winning streak and will look to avenge a 33-20 loss in Langley in Week 2.  The Rams are coming off a blowout win over Kamloops on Sunday, 70-24 and are in a first place tie with the Sun.

Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) will have the play by play on Saturday night starting with the Kick-Off Show at 6:30pm.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Okanagan Sun Scholarship Dinner

09/02/2014, 10:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Glen Suitor will join us on September 24

The 6th Annual Okanagan Sun Scholarship Dinner takes place Wednesday September 24 at the Coast Capri Hotel.

Over 100 players have benefited from the Sun Scholarship Fund in the past five 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 TSN’s Glen Suitor.  He joined TSN's CFL broadcast booth in 1995 and has since become one of Canada's most respected and knowledgeable football analysts.

Glen talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the CFL, junior football across the country and about returning to Kelowna ..

For tickets click HERE ...

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Bokitch Is Back

09/15/2014, 11:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Running back Armand Bokitch makes the run game more dangerous

Win Streak Climbs To Five

09/14/2014, 10:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Second straight win in Nanaimo, 19-7 on Saturday

GAME DAY - Sun @ Raiders

09/13/2014, 5:30am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

These two rivals will meet for the third time this season

Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

09/11/2014, 9:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Coach Beatty talks about another visit in Nanaimo

Two Players Tops in the BCFC

09/11/2014, 12:15am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Dexter Janke and Robbie Yochim receive Conference honours

Sun Face Raiders ... Part 3

09/10/2014, 4:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Saturday afternoon the Sun will travel to the Island to battle the Raiders

Special Teams & Defense Lead To Win

09/06/2014, 11:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun celebrate a 31-10 win over Rams

Sun Host Rams Game Notes

09/06/2014, 3:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Kick off tonight at the Apple Bowl is 7:00pm

Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

09/04/2014, 10:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Coach Beatty talks about the bye weekend and the Rams

Sun Host Rams Preview

09/03/2014, 11:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

A first place showdown between the Sun and Rams

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