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Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

08/28/2014, 11:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun are enjoying the bye week

After a blow out win in Kamloops the Sun are sitting in first place in the BCFC heading into the Labour Day bye week.

The players get a break, but the coaching staff is always working as the club prepares for the Langley Rams at the Apple Bowl on September 6.

Head Coach Shane Beatty takes a breath and sits down with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) in the Sun Coach's Show ...

Like Father Like Son

08/28/2014, 2:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Tony and Cole make up the only Father-Son combo in team history

Now in his fourth season receiver Cole Lindsay is one of the veterans.   

The Lindsay last name has become synonymous with Sun football.  Bob Lindsay is a former team President and Board member.  Tony is a former player, now offensive coordinator and now his son Cole is part of a very deep receiving corp.

As a matter of fact Cole and Tony are the only father-son combination to be on the sidelines together in franchise history.  In the past there have been Board members with their sons on the active roster, but never before as a father coached his son, until Tony and Cole.

That said, don’t think Cole gets any special treatment from his Dad on the field.

Cole talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) on having his Dad on the sidelines …

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Challenge Accepted

08/26/2014, 3:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Players and Coaches raise over $1,100 for ALS

On Monday afternoon the Sun players and coaches used the beginning of the bye week to fulfil a challenge put forth by Westwood Retirement Resort in West Kelowna.

Earlier in the week the residents challenged the Sun to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  The Sun not only accepted the Challenge but added their own special flare.

A dunk tank was set up in front of the retirement home and visitors were invited to make a donation to ALS in exchange for a chance to dunk a member of the team.

The dunk tank and a BBQ on Elliot Road raised more than $1,100 for ALS.

Head Coach Shane Beatty was dunked (photo below).

Receiver Thomas Huber then challenged the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball and soccer teams to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Sun have a bye this weekend before hosting the Langley Rams on Saturday September 6 at the Apple Bowl.

Under the Helmet - Pierre Luc Lord

08/25/2014, 3:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Second year receiver

Pierre Luc Lord is now in his second year with the Okanagan Sun.   The 20 year old has four catches through the first five games of the season.  He caught a total of three passes in his rookie season, one of which was for a 57 yard touchdown in the BCFC semi-final a year ago.

Lord goes Under the Helmet with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Sun Move Into First Place

08/24/2014, 8:45am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

"Fortune"ately the Sun get fourth win

The Sun used a 27 point second quarter on Saturday night and handed the Kamloops Broncos their first loss of the season, 54-16.

The win moves the Sun into first place in the BCFC and their third straight heading into the Labour Day bye week.

After the Broncos opened the scoring with a field goal, quarterback Cam Bedore scampered into the end zone on a 19 yard scramble halfway through the first quarter.  Five minutes later the Broncos conceded a safety to give the visitors a six point advantage.

In the second Q, the offense exploded.  First Thomas Huber connected on a 26 yard field goal.  Just over two minutes later Kasey Russell pushed his way into the end zone after Triston Nwagwu recovered a fumble.

The Broncos then scored 10 points aided by Sun penalties to cut the lead to 19-10.

Dillon Fortune then scored on 29 yard highlight reel run at 3:44 of the second quarter.  Just one minute and 14 seconds later Alex Bradley spirited into the end zone to put the Sun up by 20 points.

The Broncos added a field goal just before halftime to make the score 33-16.

Defensively the Sun were solid in the second half not allowing another point.
Offensively Russell scored his second TD of the game from a yard out, before Bedore hit Lerone Robinson on a 35 yard touchdown strike.

In the fourth quarter rookie Josiah Joseph connected with Kamloops native Lliam Wishart on a 46 yard score with just 1:14 to play to give the Sun their fourth win of the season.

The Sun will have this coming weekend off for the Labour Day weekend.  They will open the second half of the season on Saturday September 6 at the Apple Bowl when they host the Langley Rams (3-1).

Game Day - Sun @ Broncos

08/23/2014, 6:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's Week 5 and the Sun make a stop in Kamloops tonight

The Sun will travel to Kamloops tonight for date with the 3-0 Broncos for the first of two meetings this season.  Kick-off at 7:00pm.

All-Time Regular Season Record – 13-0 – All-Time in Kamloops – 7-0

All-Time Score in Kamloops – 233 (Sun) – 49 (Broncos)

Comparison in 2014

Record – Sun 3-1 – Broncos 3-0
Points For – Sun 163* – Broncos 132
Points Allowed – Sun 60 – Broncos 57*

Passing Leaders – Cam Bedore 38-72 for 612 yards and 6 touchdowns (Sun) – Steve Schuweiler 44-92 for 876 yards and 10 touchdowns* (Broncos)

Rushing Leaders – Dillon Fortune – 31 carries for 294 yards* and 3 touchdowns (Sun) – Aaron Morran – 32 carries for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns (Broncos)

Receiving Leaders – Kyle Patchell – 10 catches for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns (Sun) – Derek Yachison – 15 catches for 328 yards and 2 touchdowns (Broncos)

Field Goals – Thomas Huber – 3 of 4, 75% (Sun) – Aaron Smit – 2 of 4, 50% (Broncos)

Takeaways/Giveaways – Sun +9* – Broncos +4

Leading Tacklers – Landon King – 11 (Sun) – Mike Ochoa – 12* (Broncos)

*Conference leader

Listen to the play by play HERE with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) beginning with the Kick-Off Show at 6:30pm.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Okanagan Sun Coach's Show

08/21/2014, 11:30pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's Week 5 and the Sun are on the road in Kamloops

After two dominating wins over the Vancouver Island Raiders the Sun are 3-1 and back on the road for their fourth road game in five weeks on Saturday.

As the Sun prepare for the Kamloops Broncos (3-0) and with head coach Shane Beatty under the weather, Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talks with Running backs coach/Run game coordinator Jason Farnsworth to set up the game. 

Sun Visit Hillside Stadium in Kamloops

08/20/2014, 11:00am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Its the first of two against the Broncos

Saturday night the Sun (3-1) visit the Kamloops Broncos (3-0) in the BCFC Game of the Week.

The Sun have never lost to the Broncos, compiling a 13-0 record since their inception in 2007.  The Sun are 7-0 at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops and have outscored them 233-49.

Coming off back to back blow out wins against their arch rivals the Vancouver Island Raiders, the Sun enter this week with great confidence.   Cam Bedore is coming off his best game as a junior throwing four touchdowns passes and has totalled 38 of 72 for 612 yards in the first four games of the season. Dillon Fortune leads the Conference with 31 carries for 294 yards and has scored three touchdowns.

Defensively the Sun have allowed the second fewest points (60) through the first four games and lead the Conference with a +9 in the takeaway/giveaway category.

Saturday night the Sun secondary will be tested and tested often.  Broncos’ quarterback Steve Schuweiler leads the Conference with 10 touchdown passes on 44 of 92 and had collected 676 yards and a 99.7% efficiency rating.  Scheweiler has three large targets when he drops back including veterans Derek Yachison and Devin Csincsa to compliment first year receiver Rudy Uhl

Yachison has 15 catches for 328 yards and two majors, while Csincsa has made 12 receptions for 155 yards and three scores.  Uhl leads the team with four touchdowns on nine catches and 224 yards including a Conference record tying 106 yard TD reception.

One player Scheweiler must be aware of is defensive back Robbie Yochim.  The fifth year senior intercepted four passes last year alone against the Broncos.

The strength of the Sun defense is in their front seven as they have not allowed teams to run the ball. In the first four games of the year, they have given up just 246 yards on the ground.    The Broncos howver have relied on a two headed monster in the backfield to set up the passing game.  Aaron Morran and Jacob Palmarin have combined for 53 carries, 505 yards and four touchdowns in just three games this year.

The Broncos are 3-0 for the first time in franchise history; as a matter of fact it’s their first three game winning streak ever.   The Bronco offense has been clicking early on this season as the club has averaged 44 points.  

That said arguably the Broncos have had an easier schedule compared to the Sun.  They have faced the Valley Huskers twice and the Westshore Rebels once, who are a combined 1-7 this season.  The Sun opponents are a combined 4-7.

No matter the numbers, games between the Sun and Broncos are always physical and spirited.    Saturday night will be no different as both teams have lots to prove.  The Sun are trying to reach a three game winning streak, while the Broncos are trying to show the rest of the league they belong in the conversation when talking about playoffs and hosting the 2014 Canadian Bowl.

Kick-off from Hillside Stadium begins with the Kick-Off Show with Ryan Watters at 6:30pm, and the play by play at 7:00pm.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

"Returning Robbie"

08/19/2014, 4:45pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Fifth year vet Robbie Yochim sets two new records

With one punt return on Saturday in Nanaimo, fifth year veteran Robbie Yochim becomes the BCFC’s career record holder for punt returns.

Yochim’s 132nd won’t be memorable yardage wise, collecting just one yard on the return.  However with that yard, Yochim breaks the tie with Nick Downey the former Langley Ram, to give him the record with six games remaining in the regular season.

The RSS grad returned his first punt on July 31, 2010 oddly enough against the Rams at the Apple Bowl.  Yochim retuned seven punts that day, Downey returned six.

Punt returns wasn’t the only record Yochim broke and set on Saturday.  With his two kick-off returns for 75 yards, he set a new team record with 1,306 return yards in his career.  He broke DJ Weber’s previous record of 1,237 yards.

Yochim’s first kick-off return was July 24, 2010 in Kamloops. He returned one kick-off for 31 yards.  Weber by the way also returned a kick-off that night for 38 yards.

Yochim and the Sun (3-1) return to Kamloops this Saturday night when they face the 3-0 Broncos, on their first three game win streak in franchise history. Kick-off is set for 7:00pm live from Hillside Stadium.  Catch the game on the flagship station of the Sun, AM 1150 with Ryan Watters beginning with the Kick-Off Show at 6:30pm.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Sun Drag Down Raiders In Nanaimo

08/17/2014, 7:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

First victory in Nanaimo since 2005

It was complete domination on Saturday as the Sun won their first game in Nanaimo since 2005 with a 64-20 victory over the Vancouver Island Raiders.

It was the Raiders who scored first at 11:47 of the first quarter with a 32 yard touchdown, their first points against the Sun this season.

From there, the Sun scored 29 unanswered points highlighted by a 76 yard touchdown pass from Cam Bedore to Kyle Patchell.  Bedore also hit Lerone Robinson for a 32 yard score and Patchell a second time from 22 yards out with 33 seconds to go in the second quarter.

Makail Maloff scored his first of two touchdowns in the second quarter, pounding it in from a yard out.  Maloff played the Raiders last season.

The offense continued to pour on the points in the third quarter, scoring 21 points.  Dillon Fortune scored from four yards out, Patchell caught his third touchdown pass from Bedore and Maloff scored his second touchdown, set up by a 90 yard run by Fortune.

In the fourth Patchell scored his fourth touchdown, collecting a Kory Nagata fumble at the two yard line and dove into the end zone.

Bedore had his best game as a junior completing 18 of 24 for 351 yards and four touchdowns.  His favourite target was Patchell who caught eight passes for 219 yards and three majors.

In total the Sun offense tallied 694 yards, 296 of which was on the ground. Fortune carried six times for 126 yards and a score.

Defensively the Sun collected four sacks (Ironstand, Gering, Delinte and Van Nistelrooy) and held the Raiders to 47 yards on the ground.

With one punt return on Saturday, Robbie Yochim set a new BCFC record for most punt returns in a career, surpassing Nick Downey of the Langley Rams with his 132nd.

In the first two meetings between these two teams, the Sun has outscored the Raiders 102-20.  They will meet again on Saturday September 13 in Nanaimo.

The Sun (3-1) will stay on the road on Saturday and travel to Kamloops to face the Broncos (3-0) at 7:00pm at Hillside Stadium.

Photo courtesy of  Greystoke Photography

  • GAME DAY!

  • 08/16/2014, 3:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)
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  • GAME DAY!

  • 08/08/2014, 11:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)
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  • 08/05/2014, 9:45am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)
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  • 08/01/2014, 12:30am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)
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Sun Coach's Show with Shane Beatty

08/28/2014, 11:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Sun are enjoying the bye week

Like Father Like Son

08/28/2014, 2:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Tony and Cole make up the only Father-Son combo in team history

Challenge Accepted

08/26/2014, 3:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Players and Coaches raise over $1,100 for ALS

Under the Helmet - Pierre Luc Lord

08/25/2014, 3:15pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Second year receiver

Sun Move Into First Place

08/24/2014, 8:45am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

"Fortune"ately the Sun get fourth win

Game Day - Sun @ Broncos

08/23/2014, 6:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's Week 5 and the Sun make a stop in Kamloops tonight

Okanagan Sun Coach's Show

08/21/2014, 11:30pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

It's Week 5 and the Sun are on the road in Kamloops

Sun Visit Hillside Stadium in Kamloops

08/20/2014, 11:00am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Its the first of two against the Broncos

"Returning Robbie"

08/19/2014, 4:45pm PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Fifth year vet Robbie Yochim sets two new records

Sun Drag Down Raiders In Nanaimo

08/17/2014, 7:30am PDT, By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

First victory in Nanaimo since 2005

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