Defensive back Brennan Van Nistelrooy led a parade of five members of the Okanagan Sun named to the B.C. Football Conference all-star team.
The team was announced Thursday morning.
Van Nistelrooy, in his final year with the Sun, was named an all-star for the fourth time in his career.
He led the league in interceptions with six, while also blocking two kicks and recovering a fumble.
Van Nistelrooy was also a unanimous selection as the league's all-star punter.
The only other unanimous defensive all-star was Sun lineman Jonas Gering,
Gering had 16 tackles, 13 sacks and forced two fumbles.
Defensive backs Matt McConnell (fumble recovery for a touchdown and one interception) and Cord Delinte (26 tackles, five knockdowns, one interception) were also named to the all-star squad.
Other defensive all-stars include:
- Brock Gowanlock – Langley Rams
- Alex Agnoletto – Langley Rams
- Quinton Bowles – Vancouver Island Raiders
- Dexter Shea – Vancouver Island Raiders
- Brendan Desjardine – Langley Rams
- Braden Vankoughnett – Kamloops Broncos
- Josh Paisley – Vancouver Island Raiders
- John Beckerleg – Langley Rams
- Cole Virtanen – Vancouver Island Raiders
The league is idle the Thanksgiving long weekend before post-season play begins.
The 10-0 Okanagan Sun will host Kamloops in one semi-final, 1 p.m., Oct. 18 at the Apple Bowl.
The second-place Raiders will entertain the reigning league champion Langley Rams in the other semi, Oct. 17.
The Kamloops Broncos dominated the B.C. Football Conference offensive all-star team announced Wednesday morning.
Six members of the Broncos were named to the 13-man squad. The Okanagan Sun placed four members on the team, Langley two and the Westshore Rebels one.
The Broncos sextet was led by quarterback Stephen Schuweiler, who led the conference with 213 completions, 3,050 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Kamloops receivers Devin Csincsa (67 receptions, 1,102 yards, 8 touchdowns) and Derek Yachison (73 receptions, 1,026 yards, 14 touchdowns) also made the squad along with teammate and running back Jacob Palmarin, who led the league in carrier (121 carries), yards (1,089) and touchdowns (13).
The Broncos also placed offensive linemen Cameron Brown and Derek Walde on the team.
The Sun, who swept through the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, also placed two offensive linemen on the team.
Michele Vecchio and Cliff Crews were both named to the team for a second consecutive year.
Rookie wide receiver Kyle Kawamoto was also named an all-star after leading Sun receivers with 41 receptions for 1,005 yards and 10 touchdowns.
They are joined by placekicker Thomas Huber who led the league in scoring with 128 points, coming within three of the Sun single season record for scoring in a single season.
Also named to the team Wednesday were Langley Rams offensive lineman Anthony Daley, Rams running back Nathan Lund and Rebels receiver Hunter Lake.
The defensive all-star team will be announced Thursday morning.
The BCFC is off for the Thanksgiving long weekend. The opening round of playoffs begin the following weekend with the VI Raiders hosting Langley and the Sun entertaining Kamloops.
The Okanagan Sun finished off their first undefeated regular season since 2004, beating the Kamloops Broncos 51-38 at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops Saturday night.
The last time the team ran the table, they also breezed through the playoffs before falling 24-7 to the Edmonton Huskies in the Canadian Bowl.
Rookie running back Abdi-Nasir Abdi and receiver Kyle Kawamoto led the charge for the Sun.
Abdi, who had three rushing touchdowns on the season, more than doubled his output with four more Saturday night.
He ran the ball 17 times for 86 yards behind a stellar front seven.
Quarterback Cam Bedore and Kawamoto, who have been on the same page all season long, hooked up for the other three touchdowns.
Kawamoto caught eight passes for 150 yards and the three scores. He also eclipsed the 1,000 yard receiving mark, finishing the regular season with 1,005 yards.
Bedore finished the night 20-25 for 330 yards and the three touchdowns.
Thomas Huber booted six converts and a field goal to finish the season with 130 points, two shut of Steven Shott's club record of 132 points in a season.
The defence recorded four sacks but did give up the most points in a game this season as the Broncos passing game had some success.
The win means the Sun and the fourth place Broncos (5-5) will meet in one BCFC semi-final two weeks from now.
Nanaimo will host Langley in the other semi.
The Okanagan Sun came out of the gates hard and fast.
The Sun laid a 35-spot on the hometown Westshore Rebels in the first quarter during a convincing 51-10 win Saturday in Victoria.
Quarterback Cam Bedore tossed a pair of touchdown passes to receiver Thomas Huber before many in attendance in Victoria had a settled into their seats.
He made it 21-0 with a touchdown strike to Kyle Kawamoto before the quarter was half old.
Bedore finished the quarter with two more touchdown passes, one to Kawamoto and another to Pierre-Luc Lord.
He now has 17 touchdown passes on the season.
The teams traded field goals early in the second quarter before Josiah Joseph got into the act, throwing a nine yard touchdown strike to Shai Ross.
Joseph nearly found the end zone on the final play but was stopped just shy of the goal line.
The Sun managed just a pair of field goals from Huber in the second half.
Victoria found the end zone late when Talyn Davies hit Eric Williams for a 75 yard strike.
This is the same Victoria squad the Sun torched 78-7 in the opening game of the season. In that game the Sun amassed 315 yards and three majors through the air.
Huber managed 27 points in the game with his two touchdowns, six extra points and three field goals. He now has 121 points on the season, 11 shy of Steven Shott's record of 132 established in 2010.
He is also 23 points away from the league record of 144 points established by former VI Raider running back Andrew Harris in 2009.
Huber has one last chance at either mark when the 9-0 Sun close out the season next Saturday night in Kamloops. A Sun win would guarantee a first round playoff meeting with the same Broncos.
Good in the first half, sloppy in the second.
That was the assessment of Okanagan Sun head coach Shane Beatty after his club defeated the Kamloops Broncos 39-17 at the Apple Bowl Sunday afternoon.
The Sun improved to 8-0 and officially clinch their second straight BCFC regular season title.
It likely sets up a first round playoff battle with the same Broncos, meaning the teams would play three times in a five week span.
"First half we played great both sides of the ball and came out sloppy in the second half," said Beatty.
"We made great adjustments and played soft. I thought we did really well on special teams and I thought the offence called a great game but we just took our foot off the pedal."
Beatty vowed it won't happen again.
Sunday, the Sun took advantage of some Broncos mistakes and, at times, moved the ball up and down the field at will in building up a 29-0 lead.
The lone bright spot for the Broncos in the first half was a 69 yard touchdown bomb to Devin Csincsa inside the final two minutes of the half.
It was all Sun up to that point.
Cam Bedore marched the Sun 93 yards on just five plays the first time the offence touched the ball. The big play was a 40 yard scamper by Bedore which set up a 30 yard touchdown toss to Lerone Robinson.
Josiah Joseph engineered two touchdown drives of his own during his time under centre in the second quarter.
He hit Robinson with a 19 yard strike five minutes in and capped off another drive late in the half when Dillon Fortune ran in from four yards out.
In between, Matt McConnell scooped up a blocked punt and rambled in from seven yards out.
After a scoreless and listless third quarter the teams exchanged touchdowns and field goals. Csincsa got into the end zone again for the Broncos while running back Abdi-Nasir Abdi ran in from two yards out to close out the scoring.
While the Sun have clinched first place and home field advantage throughout the BCFC playoffs, Beatty warned the team hasn't won anything yet.
"Yea it feels good. We're 8-0 but we won the BCFC last year and it didn't mean anything did it? I just told my kids that upstairs. We won it, be happy, but it doesn't mean anything.
"We have to get better."
Part of that is discipline. The Sun again took far too many penalties during keys points of the game. One erased a Brennan Van Nistelrooy interception which would have put the Sun deep in Broncos territory early in the game.
"We address it every day. I don't know, it's frustrating," said Beatty.
"Third and inches and the centre goes offside. We're going to fix it. We'll keep working on it."
Unofficially, the Sun amassed more than 500 yards of total offence, including 348 yards through the air.
Joseph his on 12 of 18 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown while Bedore was 4-9 for 113 yards, which included a swing pass Kyle Kawamoto took for 63 yards.
The defence held the Broncos to 300 yards of offence, most of that through the air as quarterback Stephen Schuweiler was 25 of 35 for 239 yards.
Beatty said the running game has to get better and secure the ball better. Fortune fumbled in the fourth quarter when the ball slipped out of his hands before he got hit.
The Sun look to make it nine-in-a-row next Saturday when they face the Westshore Rebels in Victoria.
They'll close out the regular season in Kamloops.
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