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Sun Host Broncos In Regular Season Finale

10/01/2014, 11:45am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The second meeting of the season between the Interior rivals

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The calendar has turned and the Sun is about to set on the regular season. 

On Sunday the Sun (8-1) will host the Kamloops Broncos (6-3) in the regular season finale at the Apple Bowl, with kick-off at 1:00pm.

The Sun have already clinched home field advantage and top spot in the BCFC and are on a seven game winning streak.  It’s the 18th time the Sun have finished first.  The Broncos have also clinched a playoff spot and are fighting for a home date. So there is plenty on the line.

Back in Week 5 the Sun clobbered the Broncos 54-16 behind 333 yards on the ground.  Dillon Fortune led the charge with nine carries for 123 yards.  The Sun scored five touchdowns on the ground at Hillside Stadium, Kasey Russell scoring twice.

Defensively the Sun were again solid, allowing 295 yards of total offense, 61 of which was on the ground.  They also created six turnovers, including three interceptions.  The 295 yards is the Broncos season low.

This Sunday will be the 15th meeting all-time between the Sun and Broncos, and seventh at the Apple Bowl.  The Sun are a perfect 14-0 all-time and 6-0 at home against their Interior rival.  They are averaging 49 points having outscored them 294-69 in the previous six home games.  As a matter of fact, in their last meeting at the Apple Bowl (2013), the Sun claimed a 51-0 victory.

This weekend the Sun will no doubt use the run game to set the tone for the game.  Alex Bradley and Fortune at 1-2 in the Conference combining for 137 carries, 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns.  They have benefitted from the great work of the offensive line who have worked tirelessly this season and it shows.  The run game has scored 26 touchdowns compared to 14 through the air.

In total the Sun offense has scored a Conference high 396 points.  Kicker/Receiver Thomas Huber is second in Conference scoring with 80 points.  Russell leads with a Conference high seven rushing touchdowns.

The Broncos defense have given up 268 points this season and have allowed over 40 points five times.  They’ve also allowed 1,635 yards on the ground and will have their hands full again this weekend with the Sun.

On the flip side, the Sun defense has been dominating.  They have yet to give up 100 yards on the ground against any opponent this year and have allowed a Conference low 120 points.

They are a +32 in takeaways/giveaways and lead the Conference with 20 interceptions.  The Broncos are a -1, throwing 14 picks.  Robbie Yochim leads the club with four interceptions while Dexter Janke and Beck Fullerton each have three.

The Broncos offense has put up some big numbers this season, scoring 276 points, an average of 31 points per game.  They are averaging 439.3 yards of total offense including over 530 yards three times.  Quarterback Steve Schuweiler is completing 54.8% of his passes and has thrown 2,076 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

One of Schuweiler’s biggest threats is receiver Derek Yachison who earlier this week began practicing with the BC Lions and will continue to do so until the end of the season.

It will be an entertaining game on Sunday.  If the Sun win, it’ll be there ninth win of the year, matching the total in 2010, which was also last time the BC Championship game was held at the Apple Bowl.  If the Broncos win and the Rams lose, the Broncos will clinch a home playoff game, the first in their franchise history.    Kick-off is at 1:00pm.

Purchase tickets HERE

Sun Sweep Conference Awards

09/30/2014, 9:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Bradley, Mwamba and Yochim cap off a great week

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The BCFC have announced the Players of the Week and it’s a clean Sun sweep after the 37-20 victory over the Langley Rams.

Offensive Player of the Week
Running back - #34 Alex Bradley

The  Sun primarily used their potent run game to win their seventh straight in Week 10.  The ground attack was led by the “BC Lions Offensive Player of the Week,” running back Alex Bradley.  The Edmonton product collected over half of the yards the Sun would gain on 20 carries.  He rushed for 154 yards including a 50 yard touchdown scamper.   It’s the first time this season Bradley has won this award.

Defensive Player of the Week
Linebacker - #4 Ron Mwamba

The Sun defense showed why they are one of the most feared in the entire Canadian Junior Football League creating 10 turnovers.  The “BC Lions Defensive Player of the Week” is linebacker Ron Mwamba who led the Sun with a fumble recovery, an interception, six solo tackles, three assists and a knockdown.  It’s the first time the Edmonton native has won this award.

Special Teams Player of the Week
Returner - #15 Robbie Yochim

For the second consecutive week returner Robbie Yochim has been named the “BC Lions Special Teams Player of the Week.”  After setting a new CJFL record with three punt returns for touchdowns last week, Yochim’s encore was returning two kick-offs for touchdowns, tying a BCFC record.  In all, the Kelowna native returned four kick-offs for 264 yards, a new team record and second all-time in BCFC history.

Sunday afternoon the Kamloops Broncos (6-3) visit the Apple Bowl at 1:00pm in the regular season finale.

Purchase tickets HERE ...

GAME DAY - Sun Host Rams

09/28/2014, 1:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The Sun will host the Rams on Sunday in their 50th meeting all-time.  It’s the series rubber match as both teams have beaten each other on their home field.  The Rams winning 33-20 in Week 2, before the Sun returned the favor in Week 7 at the Apple Bowl with a 31-10 victory.

All-Time Regular Season Record – 34-14-1 – All-Time at the Apple Bowl – 17-7-1.  The only tie coming in 1993

All-Time Score – 1397 (Sun) – 903 (Rams)

Comparison in 2014

Record – Sun 7-1 – Rams 6-2
Points For – Sun 359 – Rams 375
Points Allowed – Sun 100 – Rams 200

Passing Leaders – Josiah Joseph 34-57 for 577 yards and 6 touchdowns (Sun) – Jordan McCarty 33-59 for 593 yards and 5 touchdowns (Rams).

Rushing Leaders – Dillon Fortune – 61 carries for 544 yards* and 5 touchdowns (Sun) – Nathan Lund – 36 carries, 261 yards, 4 touchdowns (Rams).

Receiving Leaders – Lerone Robinson – 19 catches, 370 yards and 5 touchdowns (Sun) – Daniel English – 29 catches, 616 yards and 7 touchdowns (Rams). 

Field Goals – Thomas Huber – 9 of 11, 81.8% - Steve Thomas – 16* of 20*, 80%

Takeaways/Giveaways – Sun +26* – Rams +13

Leading Tacklers – Robbie Yochim – 27 (Sun) – Clovis Lumeka – 19 (Rams)

*Leads Conference

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

Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

09/26/2014, 4:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Coach Beatty prepares for the Langley Rams

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Its Week 10 of the BCFC season and the Sun (7-1) will host the Langley Rams (6-2) in a first place showdown on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm at the Apple Bowl.

Its the season rubber match as both teams have beaten the other on their home field.   In Week 7 the Sun beat the Rams 31-10, but in Week 2 the Rams scored a 33-20 victory.

The winner of this game will take sole possession of first place.  Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talks with Head Coach Shane Beatty ...

Battle For First Place

09/24/2014, 9:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Sun host the Rams in the series rubber match

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Sunday afternoon has all the makings of a classic, in a first place showdown as the Sun (7-1) welcome in the Langley Rams (6-2) in Week 10 of the BCFC regular season.

Three weeks ago the Sun beat the Rams 31-10, avenging a 33-20 loss in Langley during Week 2.  This Sunday will be the rubber match and the winner will get sole possession of first place and potentially home field advantage throughout the post season.

This game will feature the Sun defense who have allowed the fewest amount of points (100) matching up with the Rams offense who have scored the most points in the Conference (375). 

This will be the 50th regular season meeting between the Sun and Rams, the Sun winning the all-time series 34-14-1.

In the first two games the Sun defense hasn’t allowed the Rams to reach 100 yards on the ground.  In Week 2 they gave up 43 yards, then in Week 7 the Rams collected just 80 yards.  As a matter of fact the leading Rams rusher is Jordan Traversy and his 51 yards on 12 carries.  The reigning BCFC Offense Player of the Week, Nathan Lund has 10 carries for 34 against the Sun and didn’t play in Week 7 at the Apple Bowl.

The Sun “D” has given the offense opportunities to score with a short field.

The Rams passing attack against the Sun has seen success, gathering 404 yards and two touchdowns.  The question coming into Sunday is who will be the Rams quarterback?  In Week 7, opening day starter Dylan Tucker was injured after throwing an interception at the Apple Bowl.  22 year old Jordan McCarty has filled in nicely going 2-0 since.

Tucker against the Sun is 17 of 29 for 260 yards, has thrown two touchdowns and three interceptions. That said in Week 7 before the injury he was 1 of 5 for 8 yards.  McCarty was 12 of 23 for 144 yards and threw a pick against the Sun.  Dan English leads the way with 11 catches for 175 yards and score against the Sun.

Offensively the Sun have had trouble moving the football against the big and strong Rams defense, gathering just 357 yards in two games.  The passing game has struggled collecting just 141 yards with one touchdown.  Cam Bedore is 12 of 32 for 99 yards, has a touchdown and two interceptions.  Josiah Joseph saw action in Week 2 and finished 5 of 12 for 42 yards and two interceptions.

Jesse Kendall has seven catches for 53 yards to lead the club.

The ground game has collected 279 yards, led by Dillon Fortune, the BCFC leading rusher, who has 19 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown against the Rams.  Alex Bradley was injured in Week 2, but did carry four times for nine yards in Week 7.

Both teams have an excellent return game.  The Rams are led by John Beckerleg who has returned six kicks (4 punts, 2 kickoffs) for touchdowns, while Robbie Yochim has returned four punts for majors, including three last week against the Rebels.

This game should be a defensive battle on Sunday afternoon and may come down to turnovers. Which defense can give their offense the shorter field?  The Sun are a +26 and lead the Conference with 17 interceptions, while the Rams are +13.

Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00pm on Sunday at the Apple Bowl, tickets are available HERE.

Can’t make it to the game, Ryan Watters has the live play by play starting with the Kick-Off Show at 12:30pm HERE

Okanagan Sun Scholarship Dinner

09/24/2014, 10:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Glen Suitor will join us tonight

The 6th Annual Okanagan Sun Scholarship Dinner takes place tonight 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 ..

Yochim Named Special Teams Player of the Week

09/23/2014, 8:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Record setting performance leads to Conference honour

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

For the second time in three weeks, Robbie Yochim is named the BC Football Conference (BCFC) Special Teams Player of the Week

It was a recording setting Saturday night for Yochim who returned three punts for touchdowns, setting a new Canadian Junior Football League record for most punt returns for touchdowns in a single game.  In all, Yochim returned seven punts for 248 yards.  One of his touchdowns was 87 yards.

He now has four this season and five in his junior career.

Yochim was also named the BCFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 7 against the Langley Rams.  That night he returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown.

In Week 1, the RSS grad was named the BCFC Defensive Player of the Week, returning an interception 75 yards for a major in Chilliwack.

Yochim and the Sun prepare for a first place showdown with the Rams Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm at the Apple Bowl.

Robbie Yochim Sets New CJFL Record

09/22/2014, 11:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Three punt returns for touchdowns sets the new mark

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Saturday night Robbie Yochim returned three punts for touchdowns, setting a new Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) record.

His first return was 47 yards late in the first quarter against the Westshore Rebels.

The fifth year vet struck again in the second quarter, sprinting 87 yards untouched for a major.  This touchdown tied Yochim with 25 other players throughout CJFL history for the most punt returns for touchdowns in a single game.

Then in the fourth quarter Yochim again took a 47 yard punt return for touchdown, setting the new CJFL record.

Two previous Sun players are among the tied 25; James Green did it on August 16, 2003 and Eric Duchene on August 9, 1997.

Mark Boyle of the Ottawa Sooners first set the record with two punt returns for touchdowns on September 22, 1968.  Other than Yochim the last player to tie the record was Nick Downey of the Langley Rams on September 8, 2012. Downey did it twice in 2012.

The 92 points the Sun scored on Saturday was fifth most in the CJFL history.  In 1969 the Ottawa Sooners recorded a 109-0 shutout on August 10.  The BCFC record is 97 held by the Vancouver Island Raiders in 2007.

Yochim and the Sun are 7-1 and will host the Rams on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm.  Tickets are available now HERE

Sun Crush Rebels

09/21/2014, 12:45am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

In an emotionally charged game the Sun set a new club record

The Sun set a new team record for points in a single game with a dominating 92-7 victory over the Westshore Rebels on Saturday night in their first game since losing teammate JT Fernandez.

The win extends the Sun (7-1) winning streak to six games, while the Rebels (2-6) for the third straight time.

After defense created a Rebels fumble inside the Sun five yard line, the offense went to work scoring 21 points the first quarter.

Alex Bradley took the first play from scrimmage 102 yards down to the Rebels seven yard line.  On the next play Dillon Fortune scored his fifth touchdown of the season.  Also in the first quarter Josiah Joseph hit Thomas Huber from 42 yards out for a major, followed by a Robbie Yochim punt return for a touchdown.

In the second quarter the Rebels scored their lone touchdown, an 11 yard run by their quarterback Hunter Lake.  From there, it was all Sun.

Huber hit a 15 yard field goal, Lerone Robinson caught a 42 yard pass from Joseph for a touchdown, followed by a two yard touchdown pass from Joseph.  The rookie pivot finished six of six and had three touchdown strikes.

Also in the second quarter, Yochim returned his second punt for a touchdown, sprinting untouched 87 yards.  Then as the half expired Huber connected on a booming 44 yard field goal to give the Sun a halftime lead of 48-7.

In the third quarter the offense continued to benefit from terrific defense, giving them a short field.  Bradley, Armand Bokitch and backup quarterback Matt Calderwood each score a major with a one yard run.  Calderwood also connected with Robinson for a 62 yard touchdown.

With run time in full effect in the fourth quarter, Kory Nagata scampered in from 12 yards out and Yochim returned his third punt for a touchdown, this time of 47 yards for a major.

It was an emotional win for the Sun, after the passing of Fernandez.  Before and after the game, a number of Sun players wore their emotions on their sleeve.

The Sun will now prepare to host the Langley Rams (6-2) on Sunday September 28 at 1:00pm.  It’ll be the third meeting of the season between the two clubs, both of them winning a game at home.

GAME DAY - Sun Host Rebels

09/20/2014, 12:15am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It'll be an emotional night at the Apple Bowl

Game Notes - Week 9

In honour of fallen teammate JT Fernandez, yard line 32 will be painted in orange on both sides of the field.

It’s the lone meeting of the season between the Sun and Westshore Rebels.  This is the third straight season these two clubs will only see each other once during the regular season.   The Rebels are making their first visit to the Apple Bowl since 2012.

All-Time Regular Season Record vs Rebels – 42-6-2

All-Time at the Apple Bowl – 21-4-1, only tie was 10-10 in 1999.

All-Time Score – 1869 (Sun) – 724 (Rebels)

Comparison

Record – Sun - 6-1 – Rebels - 2-5
Points For – Sun 267 – Rebels 131
Points Allowed – Sun 93 – Rebels 239

Last game – Sun 19-Raiders 7, Broncos 24-Rebels 14

Passing Leaders –Cam Bedore 49 of 103 for 775 yards and 8 touchdowns (Sun) – Hunter Lake 117 of 249 for 1,880 yards and 13 touchdowns (Rebels)

Rushing Leaders – Dillon Fortune – 56 carries* for 507 yards* and 4 touchdowns (Sun) – Hunter Lake – 33 carries, 350 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rebels)

Receiving Leaders – Kyle Patchell – 13 catches for 286 yards, 3 touchdowns (Sun) – Jordan Rodinsky – 30 catches, 608 yards and 5 touchdowns (Rebels)

Field Goals – Thomas Huber – 6 of 8, 75% (Sun) – Brett Johnson – 3 of 6, 50% (Rebels)

Takeaways/Giveaways – Sun +19* – Rebels -5

Leading Tacklers – Robbie Yochim – 21 (Sun) – Chris Pastro – 30* (Rebels)

*Conference high

There will not be a radio broadcast for this game, however fans can watch the game on Pay-Per-View, HERE

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Sun Host Broncos In Regular Season Finale

10/01/2014, 11:45am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The second meeting of the season between the Interior rivals

Sun Sweep Conference Awards

09/30/2014, 9:00pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Bradley, Mwamba and Yochim cap off a great week

"Yo" What A Game!

09/28/2014, 11:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun win home field advantage throughout

GAME DAY - Sun Host Rams

09/28/2014, 1:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm

Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

09/26/2014, 4:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Coach Beatty prepares for the Langley Rams

Battle For First Place

09/24/2014, 9:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Sun host the Rams in the series rubber match

Okanagan Sun Scholarship Dinner

09/24/2014, 10:30am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Glen Suitor will join us tonight

Yochim Named Special Teams Player of the Week

09/23/2014, 8:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Record setting performance leads to Conference honour

Robbie Yochim Sets New CJFL Record

09/22/2014, 11:30am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Three punt returns for touchdowns sets the new mark

Sun Crush Rebels

09/21/2014, 12:45am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

In an emotionally charged game the Sun set a new club record

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