Photo courtesy of Louis Christ
It was a Canadian Bowl like none other.
Here are "five takeaways" from the Sun radio network broadcast booth with Ryan Watters:
1) Saved his best for last: Quarterback Cam Bedore has had some very good games in the last four years, none better than the Canadian Bowl. With the run game struggling, Bedore was asked the throw, and throw he did …. 43 times as a matter of fact. He was very accurate and seemed very calm and cool in the pocket. When the Hilltops applied pressure Bedore was able to use his feet to either buy some more time or run. He led the Sun with 11 carries for 85 yards and I’m sure some of those Hilltops DB’s are still feeling sore after trying to stop Bedore. In his final junior game, Bedore was simply awesome.
2) “H” is for HUGE: Layne HULL and Keagan HUGHES delivered some Huge plays in the championship. Hughes led the club with 8 tackles and 8 assists, collecting a game high 26 defensive points. Hull was named the Defensive Player of the Game for good reason. He blocked a punt with four seconds left in the first half and ran it back 30 yards for touchdown. He also made the only interception of the game on a beauty at mid-field, and added two tackles and three assists. Both players are eligible to return in 2016.
3) Apple Bowl needs some love: SMF Field in Saskatoon is one of the best junior football facilities in the country. Just renovated last year, the Apple Bowl could take some pointers from this facility with the field turf, gorgeous scoreboard, spacious visitor dressing rooms, outstanding broadcast facilities (I was able to stand without smashing my head on the cement beam) and crisp sound system. The Apple Bowl is a beautiful facility but is starting to show its age, a few upgrades would put it on the same level as SMF and with any luck the Canadian Bowl will be hosted at the Apple Bowl in 2016!
4) A rematch is required: It was one of the best and evenly matched Canadian Bowls in recent memory. I talked with a number of CJFL people following the game and everyone wants to see Round 2 between these two teams. Obviously the Sun would love to have a handful of plays back, but so do the Hilltops. From a fan’s standpoint you could not ask for anything better….the game was extremely entertaining and the weather was perfect (10 and sunny). The offences combined for 917 yards and the defences made some bone crushing hits. I’m sure the other 10 CJFL teams will have something to say about a rematch, but it would be fun to watch the Sun and Hilltops battle again.
5) The end of the season sucks: Not only is football over for another year, but the Sun will graduate some unbelievable people from this historic program. I’ve been fortunate to get to know some of these long serving veterans and it won’t be the same without them wearing the orange and brown in 2016. In particular Kyle Patchell, Josh Troman, Brennan Van Nistelrooy, Thomas Huber and Cam Bedore who have been here since 2011 or 2012 are always willing for a quick chat and some insight. Cliff Crews, Shai Ross and Kyle Kawamoto who made this team better and I would have loved to see them here for more than a year or two. Dillon Fortune and Wes Geisler, who preferred to let their on field performance and talents do the talking. Cole Lindsay, Paytin Chang and Cole Brydges have been absolute professionals. From way up in the broadcast booth I salute you players and don’t be strangers to this program!
Thank you fans for tuning in each week across the Sun Broadcast Network and planning for 2016 is already well underway.
The season came to a close in Saskatoon on Saturday after a 38-24 loss in the 108th Canadian Bowl.
The game was one of the most exciting games in Canadian Bowl history, as the Sun took a 20-17 lead into halftime but couldn’t keep up the pace, scoring just four points in the second half.
Quarterback Cam Bedore was excellent finishing 23 of 43 for 350 yards and threw a touchdown. Kyle Kawamoto hauled in eight passes for 159 yards and Kyle Patchell caught nine passes for 110 yards and a 17 yard touchdown strike. Bedore also used his feet to keep drives alive with 11 rushes for 85 yards.
Defensively the Sun were led by Keagan Hughes and his game high eight tackles and eight assists. Layne Hull was named the Larry Wruck Defensive Player of the Game, after making two tackles, three assists, blocked a punt, recovering it for a 30 yard touchdown and intercepted a pass. Lucas Machado had the lone sack.
It was an outstanding season for this team and these players should be proud, winning their first Cullen Cup in 11 seasons.
The 2016 Canadian Bowl is back in BC and the Sun will look to get back and host this title game for the first time since 2000.
For broadcast links to the 2015 Canadian Bowl, click HERE
It’s the oldest Canadian football championship. On the second Saturday in November each of the CJFL teams hope they are the ones hoisting junior football’s Holy Grail.
The Canadian Bowl has seen some unbelievable moments and displays of true determination.
In 2015 the National Championship game will be held in Saskatoon Saskatchewan at the SMF Field.
The Hilltops are making their fifth trip to the national final in the last six year, while the Sun are back for the first time since 2004.
A quick glance at the 108th Canadian Bowl:
Okanagan Sun (1) @ Saskatoon Hilltops (2) - Saturday November 7 @ 11:00am
Comparison in 2015
Record – Sun 10-0 – Hilltops 7-1 .... Playoffs – Sun – 2-0 – Hilltops 2-0
Points For – Sun 488 – Hilltops 301 ... Playoffs – Sun 129 – Hilltops 87
Points Allowed – Sun 108 – Hilltops 137 .... Playoffs – Sun 7 – Hilltops 37
Passing Leaders – Cam Bedore – 85 of 127 for 1501 yards, 21 touchdowns and 3 interceptions (Sun) - Jared Andreychuk – 108 of 168 for 1577 yards, 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions (Hilltops)
Playoff Passing Leaders – Cam Bedore – 30 of 45 for 575 yards, 6 touchdowns and 1 interception (Sun) – Jared Andreychuk – 22 of 38 for 425 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception (Hilltops)
Rushing Leaders – Dillon Fortune – 67 carries for 448 yards and 5 touchdowns (Sun) – Logan Fischer – 94 carries for 794 yards and 5 touchdowns (Hilltops)
Playoff Rushing Leaders – Kory Nagata – 16 carries for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns (Sun) – Logan Fischer – 42 carries for 300 yards and 6 touchdowns (Hilltops)
Receiving Leaders – Kyle Kawamoto – 41 receptions for 1005 yards and 10 touchdowns (Sun) – Chad Braun – 31 receptions, 349 yards and 3 touchdowns (Hilltops)
Playoff Receiving Leaders – Kyle Patchell – 15 receptions for 245 yards and 4 touchdowns (Sun) –Chad Braun – 7 receptions for 133 yards (Hilltops)
Field Goals – Thomas Huber – 15 of 20, 75% (Sun) – Brett Thorarinsson – 11 of 14, 78% (Hilltops)
Playoff Field Goals – Thomas Huber – 4 of 5, 80% (Sun) – Brett Thorarinsson – 1 of 3, 33% (Hilltops)
Leading Tacklers – Keagan Hughes – 26 tackles (Sun) – Cameron Schnitzler – 22 tackles (Hilltops)
Playoff Tacklers – Layne Hull – 12 tackles (Sun) – Cole Benkic – 11 tackles (Hilltops)
Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography
The Canadian Junior Football League announced its Major Award Winners on Friday night at the Jostens Banquet of Champions and for the second straight year Shane Beatty has been named the Gord Currie CJFL Coach of the Year. The Sun were 10-0 during the regular season and a perfect 2-0 in the playoffs outscoring the opposition 129-7. Beatty led the Sun to the first BCFC title in 11 seasons and a berth in the Canadian Bowl.
The other awards were presented as follows:
Rookie of the Year
Tony Savchuk – Edmonton Wildcats – 29 tackles, 4 assists, 1 sack, 2 knockdowns, 1 forced fumble, 5 interceptions
Peter Dalla Riva Outstanding Offensive Player
Derek Yachison –Kamloops Broncos – 73 catches, 1026 yards and 14 touchdowns
Larry Wruck Outstanding Defensive Player
Cole Benkic – Saskatoon Hilltops – 19 tackles, 13 assists, 0.5 sacks, 3 knockdowns, 2 fumble recoveries, three interceptions, one for a touchdown
CJFL Past Commissioners Award
Brandon Quach – Edmonton Wildcats
CJFL Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year
Jim Pankovich – CJFL Commissioner
CJFL Life Member
CJFL Ed Henick Meritorious Service Award
Bob Bula – Edmonton Huskies
The 2015 Canadian Bowl will kick-off Saturday November 7, 2015 at 1:00pm at SMF Field in Saskatoon, SK.
Watch the pay-per-view online at www.cjfl.org.
Listen to Ryan Watters on AM 1150 in Kelowna
Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography
For the first time since 2004 the Sun find themselves back in the Prairies for the national championship game. They will face the Saskatoon Hilltops on Saturday at 11:00am.
Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talks with Head Coach Shane Beatty about the 2015 Canadian Bowl.
Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photograhpy
Saturday will be Cam Bedore's final game in junior football and he faces the defending champs. It's Bedore first national championship, looking across the field a pivot who enters his third Canadian Bowl.
So how do the two match up?
The fourth year Sun starter has enjoyed his best season to date, completing 85 passes for 1501 yards and a career high 21 touchdowns.
In the playoffs Bedore has led the Sun to a pair of lopsided wins, completing 30 passes for 575 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also found his legs, rushing 19 times for 135 yards, plus two touchdowns runs.
The Canadian Bowl will be Bedore’s first national final, but he’s certainly no stranger to the pressures of the playoffs. He has played in five playoff games, and has a 3-2 record, completing 66 passes for 1,137 yards, 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
This title game will no doubt be Bedore’s biggest test since entering the league in 2012.
On the other side of the field, fourth year Hilltops pivot Jared Andreychuk will play in his third Canadian Bowl and second straight. He is 2-0 in these games thus far.
Over the course of the season the veteran completed 108 passes for 1577 yards and 18 touchdowns, all considerable improvements from last season when he led the Hilltops to the national title.
Here is the playoffs Andreychuk hasn’t needed to throw the ball as much with the dominance of the Hilltops running attack. He has completed 22 passes for 425 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
As a starter in the post season he has been outstanding with a 5-0 record since 2012. The only playoff loss the Hilltops have had with Andreychuk on the active roster was in 2013, when he was a backup in the PFC Final.
Throughout his career, he has completed 55% of his playoff passes and thrown for 13 touchdowns. In his two prior Canadian Bowl appearances Andreychuk completed 21 of 38 for 354 yards and three majors, most of those coming last year in Langley.
Not only can both quarterbacks find receivers will excellent accuracy, but they can use their legs to get out of trouble as well. They both have had success and feel comfortable scrambling around to buy more time for their talented receivers.
Both Bedore and Andreychuk will face the best defences they have seen this season. It’ll be up to each of them to not force a play and make a bad throw for a turnover. This game will be won or lost in the trenches and who can give more time for their leaders to make a play.
Kick-off on the 2015 Canadian Bowl from SMF Field in Saskatoon is set for 1:00pm (local time), 11:00am back in Kelowna on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography
The Sun are coming off their first Cullen Cup title since 2004 with a 54-0 shutout of the VI Raiders.
Next up is the 2015 Canadian Bowl and Ryan Watters catches up with head coach Shane Beatty to recap and preview what's next.
When the Sun kick-off in the Canadian Bowl on November 7th in Saskatoon it will be 5,471 days since they raised the Canadian Bowl last at the Apple Bowl in 2000.
As it turns out the opponent is the same, however the venue is quite a bit different. From the grass field of the Apple Bowl to the new turf at SMF Field.
Last time the Sun won the title, Cam Bedore was 7 years old, oddly enough, that’s his jersey number.
In 2000 with the Sun leading, but the Hilltops driving down by eight in the fourth quarter, quarterback Steve Bilan threw his second interception into the hands of Dax Olafson to seal the victory.
Overall the Sun defence forced two turnovers, the other interception was caught by Ryan Folk.
Offensive the Sun were outgained in total years 432-404, but the attack was balanced. Quarterback Zack Silverman finished 13 of 21 for 232 yards and threw three touchdown passes. Adam Eckert hauled in a pair and Jeff Schieman caught the other.
On the ground Stewart Vanderheide was named the Offensive Player of the Game after 15 carries, 142 yards and two touchdowns.
The offence scored 14 points in both the second and fourth quarters on route to the win.
Since the Sun won the Canadian Bowl last, hundreds of players have passed through the organization. For some of the players on the current roster, like Kyle Patchell and Josiah Joseph, winning this Canadian Bowl would be a dream come true, after growing up watching this very team.
They will get their shot on November 7th in Saskatoon.
Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography
Calling all Sun fans, join us in Saskatoon as our boys compete for the 2015 Canadian Bowl National Championship on Saturday November 7th.
The Sun have booked a charter flight and rooms at the host hotel for YOU!
Here are the details:
Flight $550 per person
Departs Friday Morning, returns Saturday evening. Exact times to be determined soon
Hotel - Radisson Downtown www.radisson.com/saskatoon
The open block for the fans is called CJFL Fan Block.
Rooms are a choice of;
Corner Queens at $169/night and King rooms at $179/night.
The number to call to make a reservation directly at the hotel is 306-665-3322 or the central reservations line at 1-888-333-3333. When booking your reservations please ask them to note any special requests.
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For the first time since 2004 the Okanagan Sun are BCFC champions after a 54-0 shutout of the Vancouver Island Raiders.
The Sun were able to flex their offensive and defensive muscle over matching the Raiders in all facets of the game, scoring four touchdowns on the ground.
In all the offence was extremely balanced passing for 288 yards, while running for 211. Kory Nagata was terrific on the ground, carrying 11 times for 93 yards scoring twice including the game’s opening touchdown from 25 yards out.
Quarterback Cam Bedore was named the Offensive Player of the Game finishing 14 of 20 for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He found Kyle Patchell from 15 yards and Kasey Russell from four yards out. Bedore also ran for a 22 yard touchdown.
Thomas Huber was named the Special Teams Player of the Game with three field goals of 19, 20 and 35 yards.
Defensively the Sun were simply dominating. They held the Raiders to 67 yards on the ground and held quarterback Liam O’Brien to 11 of 32 for 107 yards and intercepted him three times. Brennan Van Nistelrooy was named the Defensive Player of the Game after two picks including a fantastic one handed interception on the final play of the game.
The Sun will now represent the BCFC at the 2015 Canadian Bowl on Saturday November 7 against the Saskatoon Hilltops. The Toppers beat the Calgary Colts 38-16 and will host the National championship.
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