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Bobby Davis Remembers 2010

10/21/2014, 11:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The last time the Sun hosted the Cullen Cup

As the Sun prepare for Sunday's game against the Langley Rams in the Cullen Cup at the Apple Bowl we look back at the last time this title game was in Kelowna.

It was October 17, 2010 when the Sun hosted the VI Raiders after both teams finished 9-1 and won their semi-final game.  The quarterback was Bobby Davis.

The Mount Boucherie grad finished 14 of 33 for 355 yards and threw a 49 yard touchdown pass to Mark Hester in the second quarter.  Davis also ran six times for 44 yards in the 16-14 loss.

He talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the game, the led up to the championship and how this year's players might be feeling getting ready for Sunday ...

Five Named BCFC Major Award Winners

10/21/2014, 10:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The honours continue to pile up for the 2014 Sun

Original photos courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The British Columbia Football Conference (BCFC) have announced their 2014 Major Award winners for the regular season along with the Conference All-Star Returner.  Four Sun players and Head Coach Shane Beatty have been honoured.

Ranji Mattu Memorial Coach of the Year – Shane Beatty with a 9-1 record, becomes the first Sun Head Coach since Pete McCall won in 2011.

Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Michele Vecchio

Outstanding Offensive Back – Alex Bradley - 77 carries, 672 yards*, 8.7 average per carry and 5 touchdowns

Outstanding Defensive Back – Brennan Van Nistelrooy – 19 tackles, 8 assists, 2 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 4 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions

Outstanding Special Teams – Robbie Yochim – 33 punt returns, 685 yards*, 20.8 average per return, 4 touchdowns.  14 kick-off returns, 603 yards, 43.1 average per return* and 2 touchdowns

All-Star Returner:
Robbie Yochim - 33 punt returns, 685 yards*, 20.8 average per return, 4 touchdowns.  14 kick-off returns, 603 yards, 43.1 average per return* and 2 touchdowns

The Sun will host the Langley Rams in the BCFC Cullen Cup title game on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm at the Apple Bowl.

Sun Punch Ticket To BC Final

10/19/2014, 9:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun pick up first playoff win since 2010

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Sunday afternoon the Sun punched their ticket to the BCFC Cullen Cup championship game for the first time since 2010 after beating the Vancouver Island Raiders 47-16.

The Sun used a 20 point first quarter on route to their first playoff win over the Raiders in franchise history, previously 0-6.

Thomas Huber put the Sun on the board first just over two minutes into the game.  Quarterback Cam Bedore kept a play alive, scrambling away from trouble, before throwing a 51 yard touchdown strike to Huber.

Three minutes last Brennan Van Nistelrooy recovered a Raiders fumble on their three yard line.  The very next play, Alex Bradley punched it in for his first of two touchdowns on the afternoon.

Two plays after the Raiders missed a field goal, Bedore connected with Lerone Robinson on a 74 yard touchdown pass to give the home side a 20-1 lead after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Sun continue to dominate on defense not allowing the BCFC’s All-Star quarterback Liam O’Brien time to find a receiver down the field.  He finished with 18 completions for 253 yards, threw a late touchdown and intercepted by Robbie Yochim.

Huber connected on a 20 yard field goal halfway through the quarter, before Bradley sprinted 69 yards for his second major of the game.

Just prior to halftime the Raiders scored a touchdown as running back Nathan Berg drove in from a yard out.

The Sun led at the half 30-8.

The second half wasn’t as exciting as both defenses took over.  However Dillon Fortune scored the lone points of the third quarter on a determined 61 yard touchdown run, breaking a number of tackles.

In the fourth quarter KSS grad Elias Rodriguez jumped on a fumbled punt in the Raiders end zone for his first career touchdown, putting the exclamation point on the scoring.

Huber kicked  a 22 yard field goal in the late stages of the game.

The Raiders did score late touchdown as O’Brien hit the BCFC’s top receiver Marshall Cook from 47 yards out, but it was too little too late.
The Sun defense sacked O’Brien seven times, led by the three of Zac

Ironstand.  They held the Raiders to 97 yards on the ground.

Averaging 260 yards on the ground during the three regular season meetings with the Raiders, the Sun collected 233 yards, led by Bradley’s eight carries and 79 yards.

Through the air, Bedore was 12 of 18 for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The win means the Sun will host the BCFC’s title game, the Cullen Cup on Sunday October 26th at 1:00pm.  They will host the Langley Rams who squeaked by the Kamloops Broncos 48-46 on Saturday night, allowing 693 yards of total offense, including 543 yards through the air.

It’s the first time the Sun will host the title game since 2010.

Tickets are available HERE

GAME DAY - Playoff Football

10/19/2014, 12:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun host the Raiders in the BCFC semi-final

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

For the first time since 2010 the VI Raiders will play a BCFC playoff game on the road.  In 2010 the Raiders came into Apple Bowl and left with the Cullen Cup after a 16-14 victory.

This is the seventh time these two teams will meet in the playoffs

Comparison in 2014

Records – Sun 9-1 – Raiders 5-5

Points For – Sun 434 – Raiders 342
Points Allowed – Sun 139* – Raiders 299

Passing Leaders – Cam Bedore 52-111 for 839 yards and 9 touchdowns (Sun) – Liam O'Brien 171-265 for 2,842 yards* and 20 touchdowns* (Raiders) and named a BCFC All-Star.

Rushing Leaders – Alex Bradley (won the BCFC rushing title) – 77 carries for 672 yards* and 5 touchdowns (Sun) – Michael Ritchott – 51 carries for 465 yards and 4 touchdowns (Raiders)

Receiving Leaders – Lerone Robinson – 23 catches for 407 yards and 5 touchdowns (Sun) – Marshall Cook (BCFC All-Star) – 64 catches* for 1,084 yards* and 9 touchdowns (Raiders)

Field Goals – Thomas Huber – 12 of 14, 85.7%* (Sun) – Matias Bueno – 2 of 3, 66.7% (Raiders)

Takeaways/Giveaways – Sun +35* – Raiders -10

Leading Tacklers – Robbie Yochim (BCFC All-Star) – 34 (Sun) – Dylan Chapdelaine – 27 (Raiders)

*Conference leader

Listen to the play by play HERE with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) beginning with the Kick-Off Show at 12:30pm.

Playoff tickets for the BCFC semi-final are available HERE or at the gate.

Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

10/16/2014, 10:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty talks semi-final Sunday

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The Sun will host the VI Raiders on Sunday as the two clubs meet for the seventh time in post season history.

Sunday is the first playoff game between the Sun and Raiders at the Apple Bowl since the 2010 Cullen Cup.

Kick-off is set for 1:00pm and Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talks with Head Coach Shane Beatty

Semi-Final Preview

10/15/2014, 3:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Sun host the Raiders in the playoffs for the first time since 2010

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

For the fourth time this season the Sun will face the Vancouver Island Raiders on Sunday in the BCFC Semi-Final, but this time there is no tomorrow with the winner moving on and the loser goes home.

In the first three meetings of the season the Sun have outscored the Raiders 121-27 and shut them out 38-0 in their lone appearance at the Apple Bowl.  However in the playoffs the Sun are winless in six meetings since 2006.   The last time the Sun hosted the Raiders in the post season was the 2010 Cullen Cup, falling 16-14.  This was also the last time the Raiders played on the road in the BCFC playoffs.

The game on Sunday will feature two different looking offenses. The Sun will pound the ball on the ground with BCFC rushing champ and All-Star Alex Bradley, while the Raiders will air it out with All-Star quarterback Liam O’Brien.

Bradley carried 77 times for 672 yards and scored five touchdowns in just seven games. Dillon Fortune was third in the Conference rushing 73 times for 597 yards and six majors.  In all the Sun tallied 1,986 yards on the ground behind a very talented offensive line which includes two BCFC All-Stars Cliff Crews and Michele Vecchio.

In the three meetings the Sun have gained an average of 262 yards on the ground and 500 yards on total offense.

The Sun defense, particularly the secondary will be tested on Sunday afternoon with O’Brien being named the BCFC All-Star quarterback this week.  On the season he has completed 171 of 265 attempts for a Conference high 2,842 yards and 20 TD passes compared to eight interceptions.   Against the top ranked defense of the Sun during the regular season he was 61 of 86 for 831 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

O’Brien likes to stay in the pocket but can use his feet to allude danger and has been fortune to be able to connect with the Conference’s best receiver in Marshall Cook.  During the regular season Cook caught 64 balls and for 1,084 yards and nine touchdowns.  Against the Sun he hauled in 21 passes for 335 yards and a score.

When Cook lines up at the line of scrimmage, he’ll no doubt see Robbie Yochim across from him.  The Sun MVP has been matched up with the best receivers this season and has played very well.  Yochim leads the club with 34 tackles and four interceptions.  He was named a BCFC All-Star for the third consecutive year.  Backing Yochim up will be another Conference All-Star in the hard hitting Dexter Janke who had three interceptions during the regular campaign. 

The Sun defensive line will also make things uncomfortable for O’Brien.  Zac Ironstand was named a Conference All-Star with six sacks and has been an anchor on the line all season along with Lucas Machado and his 6.5 sacks.  Jonas Gering will return to the line-up for the first time since September 6 and has been hungry to return.

Both the Sun offense and defense have benefitted from the outstanding play of the special teams.  Yochim has put the offense into great field position and has returned six kicks for touchdowns. 

On the hand, Brennan Van Nistelrooy has done a great job of punting and keeping the opposing offense starting deep in their own end.

One of the untold stories this season has been the Sun coverage team.  They have held some of the top returners this season to minimal yards led by Wes Geisler, Jamie Turek, Layne Hull and Kasey Russell.   On Sunday they will need to be solid again with the combination of Michael Ritchott and Dustin Rodriguez who have four kick returns for touchdowns.

Sunday afternoon will be a physical affair with emotions running high.  As the old saying goes, to be the best, you have to beat the best.  Regardless of what happened in the regular season, the Raiders are still the defending champs until someone knocks them off.

For the Sun, they are trying to get back to the Cullen Cup game for the first time since 2010 and will have to beat their arch rival to get there this season.

Kick-off is set for 1:00pm on Sunday.  Catch the live play by play with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) beginning with the Kick Off Show at 12:30pm.

A Conversation With An MVP

10/14/2014, 10:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Robbie Yochim talks about his MVP award

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

It has been a career year for defensive back/returner Robbie Yochim.

He has set team, BCFC and CJFL records and will look for more when the playoffs begin on Sunday afternoon.

Most recently the RSS grad was named a BCFC All-Star and has an excellent chance to be named on All-Canadian.

Following the team awards banquet where he was named the team's MVP he spoke with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about his season, teammates and family.

Seven Players Named Conference All-Stars

10/13/2014, 9:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

3 offensive and 4 defensive players

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Seven members of the first place Sun have been named 2014 BC Football Conference (BCFC) All-Stars following a terrific regular season.

Michele Vecchio – Offensive Line

The Rutland Senior Secondary grad was part of one of best offensive lines in Sun history.   Vecchio helped the Sun run game be the best in the Conference highlighted by BCFC rushing champ Alex Bradley and Dillon Fortune.  This ground attack accounted for 1,986 yards, averaging over eight yards a carry and 28 touchdowns.  This is the first BCFC All-Star award for the second year Vecchio.

Cliff Crews – Offensive Line

Like Vecchio, Cliff Crews has been simply outstanding on the offensive line.  The 22 year old was recruited by head coach Shane Beatty for his only season of junior football and he’s made the most of it. Crews and his line mates have given the Sun run game huge holes to run through as well as time for the quarterbacks to look down the field.  This is his first BCFC All-Star award.

Alex Bradley – Running Back

For the second straight year the Edmonton native is named to the Conference All-Star team.  Bradley is also the 2014 BCFC rushing champion following a season that saw him rush 77 times for 672 yards, average 8.7 yards a carry and score five rushing touchdowns.  The 22 year old was the featured back in the most dangerous running attack in BC.

Brennan Van Nistelrooy –Defensive Back

For the third time in his junior career the Lethbridge native is named a Conference All-Star. Van Nistelrooy seemingly had a stat in each defensive category.  The 20 year finished the regular season with 19 tackles, 8 assists, 2 sacks, 1 blocked kick, 4 knockdowns, 2 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and two interceptions.   While lined up as the punter, Van Nistelrooy also rushed 12 times for 265 yards, averaging 22.1 yards a carry and scored a touchdown.

Robbie Yochim – Defensive Back

The accolades continue to pile up for the fifth year senior named a Conference All-Star for the third straight season.  The RSS grad led the Sun with 34 solo tackles and 4 interceptions.  He also tallied 4 assisted tackles, 1 blocked kick, 1 forced fumble and had an interception for a touchdown.  Yochim was also named the Sun MVP.

Dexter Janke – Defensive Back

The hard hitting 22 year old made his selection an easy one after an outstanding regular season.  The Edmonton native collected 14 tackles, 5 assists, 3 interceptions, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery.  Janke was one of the leaders on a defense that tallied 59 takeaways.

Zac Ironstand – Defensive Line

In his fifth and final year of junior football, the North Battleford Saskatchewan bulked up in the offseason and it paid off.  As a mainstay on the D-Line, Ironstand recorded 12 tackles, 5 assists, 6 sacks, a knockdown and a fumble recovery.  His best game his season was in Week 8 in Nanaimo as he had 2.5 sacks, 2 solo tackles and 2 assists, winning the BCFC Defensive Player of the Week award.

The Sun will host the VI Raiders on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm as the club begins the playoffs at the Apple Bowl.

New Records Set In 2014

10/12/2014, 11:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

260th win, a new record for total yards and more

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The Sun have a lot to be "thankful" for as they have a chance to reflect during the Thanksgiving Weekend bye prior to the post season.

A number of new records were set in 2014 ...

Place kicker Thomas Huber set a new BCFC season record for field goal percentage 85.7%

Robbie Yochim set a new BCFC record for best kickoff return average of 43.1 yards, set a new BCFC career record for most combined punt and missed field goal returns with 163 and set a new BCFC career record for most punt returns with 156

The club won their 260th game in their history and set a BCFC record for the most winning season 32

Yochim set a new team season record for the most punt return yards in a season with 685. He also set a new team punt return average record with 20.7 yards per return.

Yochim also set a new team record for most kickoff return yards in a season with 603.  He set a new team record for career kickoff returns with 64, career record for most kickoff return yards 1693, best career kickoff return average of 26.4 and the most kickoff return touchdown in a career with 4.

The club also set a new team record for the most total yards in a season with 4459 yards

Bring on the post season!

Alex Bradley Wins BCFC Rushing Title

10/09/2014, 1:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

For the first time since 2007 the Sun have the best rusher

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

For the first time since 2007, a Sun running back has won the BC Football Conference rushing title.

Alex Bradley claimed the title following Sunday’s win over the Kamloops Broncos, finishing the year with 77 carries for 692 yards and five touchdowns.

The most impressive stat of this season for the Edmonton native, is the fact he played in only seven games and still was able to win the rushing title.  In three of the seven games he played, he carried just four times per game.

His best game was in Week 9 at the Apple Bowl, carrying 10 times for 171 yards, an average of 17.1 yards a carry with a touchdown against the Westshore Rebels.  In his first carry of the game, he sprinted 102 yards but was stopped short of the end zone.  He is the only BCFC ball carrier this season to gain over 100 yards on a single carry.

Bradley, in his fourth and final year with the Sun, becomes the first Sun running back to win the rushing title since Jeremy Levy did it in 2007.  That season Levy carried 178 times for 1,170 yards.

The Sun won the rushing title in back to back years in 1996 and 1997.  Ken Vermette rushed 126 times for 1,120 yards in 1996, before Ron Arnold carried the rock 135 times in 1997 for 1,236 yards.

Bradley’s teammate Dillon Fortune also had an impressive year, finishing third in the rushing race with 597 yards on 73 carries and scored six touchdowns.

The Sun are preparing to host the Vancouver Island Raiders in the BCFC semi-final on Sunday October 19 at the Apple Bowl.  Bradley missed the first two games of the season against the Raiders, but rushed 15 times for 96 yards in Week 8 in Nanaimo.  Fortune collected 275 yards on 26 carries and had two touchdowns this season against the Raiders.

Tickets for the BCFC semi-final are available HERE

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Bobby Davis Remembers 2010

10/21/2014, 11:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The last time the Sun hosted the Cullen Cup

Five Named BCFC Major Award Winners

10/21/2014, 10:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The honours continue to pile up for the 2014 Sun

Sun Punch Ticket To BC Final

10/19/2014, 9:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun pick up first playoff win since 2010

GAME DAY - Playoff Football

10/19/2014, 12:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun host the Raiders in the BCFC semi-final

Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

10/16/2014, 10:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty talks semi-final Sunday

Semi-Final Preview

10/15/2014, 3:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Sun host the Raiders in the playoffs for the first time since 2010

A Conversation With An MVP

10/14/2014, 10:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Robbie Yochim talks about his MVP award

Seven Players Named Conference All-Stars

10/13/2014, 9:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

3 offensive and 4 defensive players

New Records Set In 2014

10/12/2014, 11:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

260th win, a new record for total yards and more

Alex Bradley Wins BCFC Rushing Title

10/09/2014, 1:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

For the first time since 2007 the Sun have the best rusher

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