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Sun roll in Langley

Not even Mother Nature can stop the Okanagan Sun.

A nasty wind and rain storm on the Lower Mainland Saturday forced the Langley Rams to move their game with the Sun to Sunday afternoon.

The extra day didn't stall the Sun.

Quarterback Cam Bedore came off the bench to throw four second half touchdown passes and the vaunted defence scored a pair of majors in a 52-10 shellacking of the Rams.

The defences dominated the first half as the Sun managed a slim 15-0 lead. The lone touchdown came in the dying moments of the half when starter Josiah Joseph hit Shai Ross with a 26-yard touchdown strike.

The major was set up by a Brennan Van Nistelrooy interception - the second pick of the first 30 minutes by the Sun defence.

Thomas Huber hit a field goal while Langley punter Brian Hope conceded a pair of safeties.

The lone bright spot for the Rams came during the opening moments of the second half when Brock Gowanlock stripped Joseph of the football and picked it up in the end zone for what would be the lone Rams touchdown of the game.

The Sun special teams squad got that one back when Van Nistelrooy blocked a punt and JP Kalambay fell on the loose ball in the end zone.

Bedore relieved Joseph and the offence took over from there.

The third-year pivot tossed second half touchdown passes to Ross, Lerone Robinson, Kyle Patchell and Kyle Kawamoto.

Another conceded safety rounded out the Sun scoring. The Rams closed out the scoring with a field goal as time was running out.

The loss dropped the reigning BCFC champions into fourth place with a 3-3 record. They trail Kamloops and the VI Raiders who sit at 4-2 and the 6-0 Sun.

The Sun will put their perfect record on the line again next Sunday afternoon when they host the Raiders.

They beat the Raiders 27-3 in their previous meeting three weeks ago in Nanaimo.



Weather impedes Sun

Due to inclement weather in the Lower Mainland, Saturday's BC Football League contest between the Okanagan Sun and Langley Rams has been rescheduled.

The game was scheduled for Saturday evening however, a powerful windstorm swept through the southwestern portion of the province Saturday knocking out power to about 400,000 homes.

Winds were gusting up to 80 kilomtres per hour.

The game is now scheduled to kickoff at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Sun enter the game atop the BCFC standings with a perfect 5-0 record. The Rams share second spot with Kamloops and the Vancouver Island Raiders with identical 3-2 records.

This will be the second and final meeting between the two teams.

The Sun were 32-13 winners at the Apple Bowl two weeks ago.

Sloppy Sun crush Huskers

It's not often a head coach is so upset he doesn't want to speak after watching his team roll to an easy victory.

That was the case for Shane Beatty Saturday night after watching his Okanagan Sun bury the visiting Chilliwack Huskers 66-3 at the Apple Bowl.

"Twenty penalties, 21 penalties. Whatever it was - you can't beat a good team like that. I am so disgusted right now," said Beatty after the game.

"It's about discipline and playing proper. We get a touchdown called back, we get another big run called back, we get a reception over the middle called back. It was just stupid."

Beatty said he'll deal with the issue Monday.

"That's very uncharacteristic of us. If we want to compete with the top teams in this league we have to step it up," said defensive lineman Jonas Gering who made numerous tackles over the course of the game.

The Sun also turned the ball over three times including a fumble by receiver Kyle Kawamoto just before he crossed the goal line. It would have been a 47-yard touchdown reception.

As it was, the Sun didn't need the additional points but, as quarterback Josiah Joseph remarked, you won't beat teams like Langley playing as sloppy as the team did Saturday.

On the plus side both the offence and defence dominated for the entire 60 minutes.

Defensively, the Sun held Chilliwack unofficially to 107 yards of total offence and a 34 yard field goal on the final play of the game.

On the other side of the ball the Sun amassed 580 yards of total offence, including 363 in the first half as the Sun built a 45-0 lead.

Joseph, starting in place of Cam Bedore who did not dress Saturday, was nearly perfect in the opening half going 12 for 13 for 172 yards and a touchdown. He added 67 yards and two touchdowns through the air in the third quarter.

He didn't even play the entire opening half, giving way to third string quarterback Keith Zyla for two series in the second quarter.

Zyla completed two of his three passes for 105 yards. Both went to receiver Terrance Williams, including a 57 yard laser bean for a touchdown. The pass over the middle hit Williams perfectly in strike after the receiver was able to gain a couple of steps on his defender.

The Sun scored early and often. They marched down the field on their opening possession going 77 yards in six plays, capped off by Dillon Fortune's 11-yard touchdown scamper.

Tyler Geisler made it 14-0 10 seconds later when he scooped up a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and hit pay dirt from 17 yards out.

Braden Mann capped off a short two play drive with a two yard run to put the Sun ahead 21-0 after a quarter.

After Thomas Huber opened the second quarter with a 38-yard field goal Zyla went to work hitting Williams for his first career touchdown pass.

Defensive back Raquille Cespedes then ran an interception back 48 yards for the second defensive touchdown of the half before Joseph found Kyle Patchell for a three yard major.

Joseph opened the third quarter with touchdown strikes to Patchell (six yards) and Pierre-Luc Lord (23 yards). Both were set up by the defence.

Jamie Turek blocked a punt then the Sun were able to corral kicker Erik Thorkelsson after the snap sailed over his head.

Joseph finished the night 16-19 for 229 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball six times for 53 yards.

Fortune led all runners with 66 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Williams was the leading receiver with three catches for 113 yard and a touchdown while Kawamoto caught four balls, all in the first half, for 111 yards.

The Sun have now beaten the Huskers by a combined 130-3 over the course of two games this season and move to a perfect 5-0 on the season.

The VI Raiders, Langley and Kamloops all share second spot at 3-2.

The Broncos moved into the second place tie with a 39-32 win over the Raiders, the first time Kamloops has beaten Nanaimo in their nine year history.

Next up for the Sun, a date in Langley next Saturday.


Sun look to stay perfect

The Okanagan Sun will put their perfect record on the line when they host the winless Valley Huskers Saturday.

The Sun have yet to lose this season, posting a league best 4-0 record, including a convincing 64-0 pasting of the same Huskers in Chilliwack in week two.

The vaunted Sun defence held the Huskers to just 37 yards in total offence including a net five yards on the ground.

On the offensive side of the ball the Sun amassed more than 500 yards - 225 on the ground and 277 net through the air.

Quarterback Cam Bedore, who completed six of eight attempts for 176 yards and a pair of touchdowns, won't get a chance to match his week two production.

The third year pivot will not dress for Saturday's rematch, leaving the offence in the hands of Josiah Joseph and rookie Keith Zyla.

The Sun will also be without starting running back Cory Nagata, who left last Saturday's win over Langley with a left ankle injury.

Head coach Shane Beatty expects Nagata to be out another four to six weeks.

On the plus side, the Sun have added more beef to the offensive line.

Left tackle Geoff Ansel has returned to the team while left guard Jeremy Williams was added from the University of Manitoba.

"Adding Williams who is 6'1", 315 pounds is huge. He has some attitude in him. He's a real beast. They're going to make us that much better," said Beatty.

With another date with the Langley Rams a week down the road, Beatty said the team isn't looking past Chilliwack. He said the team is concentrating on themselves - nothing else.

"Making ourselves better, fixing our mistakes.

"We're moving into another area coverage wise and adding more coverages and fixing up protection schemes on offence and just trying to be consistent."

The Sun come into the game Saturday with both the number one offence and defence in the league. They are averaging 50 points a game while allowing slightly less than six points a game.

Second half propels Sun

The Okanagan Sun shook off a sluggish start with a strong third quarter in a convincing 32-13 win over the reigning BC Football Conference champion Langley Rams.

The Rams used a stout defence to hold the Sun to just three points in the first half but were unable to stop the combination of quarterback Josiah Joseph and running back Dillon Fortune after the halftime break.

Joseph used his arm and legs and the powerful running of Fortune to lead the Sun to scoring drives on their first three possessions after the break.

"We just made some adjustments. We knew where we could attack them...when to go to the power game and when not to go to the power game," said head coach Shane Beatty.

"We had to fix some of our gaps on defence. I said we were getting our ass kicked at the nose position and we weren't getting up to the second level."

Beatty said the kids made the most of those adjustments and worked their tails off in the second half.

Trailing 6-3 to start the second half the defence forced a quick two-and-out giving the offence the ball at the Rams 50. A 15 yard penalty and a 27 yard scamper allowed the Sun to scrimmage at the Rams three yard line.

Two plays later Fortune bulled his way in from five yards out to put the Sun ahead for good.

"There was just an open hole in the "A" gap so I took it and went right at it," said Fortune of the first of his three touchdowns.

Fortune capped off the next drive with a one yard plunge and, on the next Sun possession Joseph found Lerone Robinson in the far corner of the end zone from 18-yards out to put the Sun up 24-6.

The Rams closed the gap early in the fourth when Devoun Hallums tossed a 10pyard touchdown pass on the first play after Jamkie Turek muffed a punt deep in his own end of the field.

That's as close as they would get as Fortune added a late 18-yard major after punted Brennan Van Nistelrooy booted a 43-yard single.

Van Nistelrooy kicked another 43-yard punt single and the Sun got a safety when a Rams punt returned was tackled in the end zone.

The other Rams points came on a pair of short Brian Hope field goals.

All 13 Rams points came following Sun fumbles. The Sun turned the ball over five times while forcing four Rams turnovers.

All four Rams turnovers came in the fourth quarter, including a pair of Van Nistelrooy interceptions.

Starting quarterback Cam Bedore struggled to move the Sun down the field in the opening half. Unofficially, he completed just six of 13 passes for 76 yards while the running game managed just 66 yards.

It was the first time all season Bedore has played an entire half. During the first three games Bedore and Joseph have rotated after every two series.

Beatty said Saturday's rotation was not by design.

"I said at halftime, 'where's Josiah,' because I wasn't calling all the plays on offence..these guys helped me call them. I said why hasn't Josiah been in yet and he goes oh, shoot," said Beatty.

"We made that change at halftime, gave him the opportunity and ran with it.

Unofficially, Joseph finished the second half 12-14 for 211 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball twice for 32 yards.

Fortune, who ran the ball just three times in the first half, reeled off 66 yards on 10 carries in the second half.

However, he did lose a pair of fumbles which was a bit of a concern for Beatty.

"He looked great but he turned the ball over. We'll fix that but he's a beast."

For his part Fortune said he'll be better next time. When asked how, Fortune said he'll hold onto the ball tighter.

Kyle Kawamoto led all receivers with seven catches for 110 yards.

The Sun moved to a perfect 4-0 on the season while the Rams fell to 2-2, tied for third with the Kamloops Broncos.

The VI Raiders sit alone at 3-1 after beating the Broncos Saturday in Nanaimo.

The Sun will put their perfect record on the line next Saturday when they entertain the Chilliwack Huskers.

The Sun feasted on the Huskers 64-0 in Chilliwack two weeks ago.


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