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Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

10/23/2014, 11:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty talks Championship Sunday

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The 2014 Cullen Cup championship will take place on Sunday at the Apple Bowl when the Sun host the Langley Rams.  It's the first meeting in the BCFC title game since 2005.

This game will mark the 18th time the Sun have hosted the Cullen Cup and first time since 2010.  Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talks with Head Coach Shane Beatty about the game ...

Home Field Advantage

10/23/2014, 1:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Grass Effect for Sunday

Photo courtesy of Tamiko Lyle

When teams prepare for their opponent, they go over schemes, systems and how they are going to attack in certain situations.

The surface of the field rarely comes into consideration, but this Sunday the Kentucky Blue Grass at the Apple Bowl may turn into a factor.  The Sun will host the Langley Rams in the Cullen Cup championship game at 1:00pm.  The Sun are 8-0 on natural grass this season, while the Rams are 0-3 including two losses in Kelowna.

To make matters worse for the Rams, Sunday’s forecast is calling for clouds and potentially rain, which might make the field a little sloppier.  However the City of Kelowna crews will have the Apple Bowl game and championship ready as they have for two Canadian Bowls and 17 Cullen Cups …

Zac Ironstand Sacks Defensive Honours

10/23/2014, 12:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The fifth year vet is named Defensive Player of the Week

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Congratulations to defensive lineman Zac Ironstand, named the BCFC Defensive Player of the Week in the 47-16 semi-final victory over the VI Raiders.

For the second time this season Okanagan Sun defensive lineman Zac Ironstand is the “BC Lions Defensive Player of the Week.”  The graduating veteran was in the VI Raiders backfield often causing havoc as the Sun snapped their playoff losing streak on Sunday.  He finished the Sun semi-final win with three sacks and two solo tackles.

Ironstand and the Sun will host the Langley Rams in the BCFC Cullen Cup championship game on Sunday at 1:00pm at the Apple Bowl.  Tickets available at the gate an hour before kick-off.

 

Cullen Cup Championship Preview

10/22/2014, 2:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun host the Langley Rams in the BCFC title game

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm the Sun and Langley Rams will battle for the fourth time this season, in the 2014 Cullen Cup BCFC Championship game presented by Jostens.

The Sun will host the Cullen Cup for the 18th time in team history and have won both meetings with the Rams at the Apple Bowl this season, outscoring them 68-30.

This game will feature the two best defenses throughout the regular season.  The Sun allowed the fewest points (139) while the Rams allowed the second fewest at 254.  The Sun also led the Conference with an unbelievable 59 takeaways, including 23 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries and 21 turnovers on downs.  10 players had at least one interception, led by Robbie Yochim’s four.

Ten of the 23 interceptions for the Sun come against the Rams this season.  Both Yochim and Dexter Janke each had a pair.

The Sun defense frustrated the Rams running attack holding them to an average of 66 yards in the three match-ups.   Jordan Traversy had the most success on ground with 88 yards in the series.

On the other side, the Rams defense has also been very tough to crack.  Their secondary and blitz packages have kept Cam Bedore and Josiah Joseph uncomfortable as the duo is only averaging 84 yards through the air. The Rams defense has made six interceptions against the Sun this season, John Beckerleg had two of tham.  Speaking of the blitz, BCFC Defensive Player of the Year Dylan Roper has been simply fantastic on the Rams defensive line collecting a Conference high 10 sacks, while Rookie of the Year Ethan Schulz has been solid at the linebacker position.

This championship game will feature two outstanding returners as Yochim and Beckerleg were named as co-All Star returners this past week.  Yochim set all kinds of team and Conference records, while Beckerleg has been extremely dangerous, but has struggled against the Sun coverage team.  Between the two of them, these two All-Stars have returned 12 kicks for touchdowns.

The Sun are going to run the football.  In the semi-final win over the Raiders the Sun dressed five running backs and collected 233 yards on ground led by the BCFC’s Most Outstanding Running Back Alex Bradley who rushed eight times for 79 yards and a score.  Back in Week 7 against the Rams, Bradley rushed 20 times for 154 yards and had a touchdown.  In their three regular season games the Sun are averaging 161 yards on the ground.

The Rams, who are making their four consecutive trip to the Cullen Cup, are more than likely going to pass with McCarty throwing to the lethal combination of Malcolm Williams and Dan English.  The dynamic duo has combined for 25 receptions against the Sun in regular season for 390 yards and four touchdowns. As a team the Rams are averaging 227 yards through the air against the top rated defense.

Both offenses scored over 45 points in their semi-final win last weekend, the Sun beating the Raiders 47-16 while the Rams won 48-46 beating the Broncos.

Sunday’s game will be the eighth time these two have faced each other in the Cullen Cup, with the Rams winning five of them.  The last match-up was in 2005 at the Apple Bowl with the Sun falling 31-27.  Prior to that, the teams hadn’t played each other since 1995, the Sun winning that game 13-1.

The stakes in the 2014 match-up are even higher with the winner hosting the Canadian Bowl on Saturday November 8th.

Tickets for the Cullen Cup are still available in advance HERE or at the gate.

Catch the live play by play of the championship with the voice of the Sun Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) beginning with the Kick-Off Show at 12:30pm.

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.

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Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

10/23/2014, 11:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Head Coach Shane Beatty talks Championship Sunday

Home Field Advantage

10/23/2014, 1:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Grass Effect for Sunday

Zac Ironstand Sacks Defensive Honours

10/23/2014, 12:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The fifth year vet is named Defensive Player of the Week

Cullen Cup Championship Preview

10/22/2014, 2:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun host the Langley Rams in the BCFC title game

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

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