Late TD powers Sun to win

Quarterback Alex Douglas punched in his second touchdown of the game from in close with less than two minutes left on the clock, as the Okanagan Sun defeated the hometown Valley Huskers 21-16 Saturday.

The touchdown capped off a late drive, aided by a pair of pass interference penalties and a Javen Kaechele 30 yard catch and run down the left sidelines with the Sun trailing by a single point.

Tyler Going sealed the victory, intercepting Reid Vankoughnett on the ensuing drive. The Sun ran out the clock from there.

Both teams flexed their stout defensive muscle in the opening 30 minutes, especially the Sun, who just one first down, that on the Huskers first possession. They went two-and-out the other six times they touched the ball in the opening half.

The Sun were only moderately more successful. Leading 2-0 after the Huskers conceded a safety late in the opening quarter, the Sun took possession on the Huskers 50 after a short punt.

They marched the ball down to the one-yard line, and after two unsuccessful tries and a Husker major penalty, Douglas finally snuck in from a yard out.

The extra point was blocked, giving the Sun an 8-0 lead at the half.

They had a couple of other chances to get on the board. However, a botched snap on a 26-yard field goal, and a penalty on third down inside the Huskers 30 snuffed out those drives.

The Sun defence started the second half the way they rolled through the first half, stuffing the Huskers on their first three possessions.

However, a bad snap on a Sun punt gave the Huskers the ball at the Sun 40. A roughing the passer penalty and a pair of long runs put the ball inside the Sun five.

Vankoughnett got the Huskers on the board with a scoring pass on third and goal. The two-point convert tied the game at 8-8.

On the ensuing possession, the Sun marched 80 yards in five plays. Malcolm Miller capped the drive with a 25-yard run over right tackle.

Chilliwack took their only lead on the game midway through the fourth, when Vankoughnett heaved a 50-yard bomb inside the Sun five.

He hit Brandon Poulin from two yards out on the next play. The Huskers again successfully went for two, taking a 16-15 lead.

Two possessions later, it was Douglas' turn for some late heroics.

Douglas went the distance for the Sun at quarterback after splitting duties with Ethan Newman in the opener.

According to league officials at the game, some Chilliwack fans had to be physically restrained from going after the officials as they left the field following the game.

In other games Saturday, Langley pasted the Kamloops Broncos 63-7, while the Westshore Rebels came from behind for a second straight week to defeat the VI Raiders 39-30.

The Sun, Rams and Rebels are all 2-0 to start the season while the Broncos, Raiders and Huskers all fell to 0-2.

The Sun return home next Saturday to host the Rebels, 7 p.m. at the Apple Bowl.

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