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Daniel Townsend named offensive all-Canadian

Sun earn offensive all-star

The Okanagan Sun managed to place just one player on the CJFL Offensive All-Canadian squad.

Offensive lineman Daniel Townsend was named an all-Canadian.

The 21-year-old is in his second season with the Sun.

Townsend was one of four BC Football Conference players named an offensive all-Canadian.

He's joined by:

  • Lineman Nikos Lazarakis – Langley Rams
  • Receiver North Rainey – VI Raiders
  • Running back Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams

Yesterday, the Sun lineman Cory McCoy and linebacker Tyler Going were named CJFL Defensive All-Canadians.

Major CJFL awards will be announced Friday evening, prior to the 115th Canadian Bowl in Langley between the Rams and Saskatoon Hilltops.





Two Okanagan Sun named defensive all-Canadians

2 Sun named all-Canadian

Some personal accolades for two members of the Okanagan Sun defensive front seven.

Defensive lineman Cory McCoy and linebacker Tyler Going were named CJFL Defensive All-Canadians Wednesday.

McCoy, who graduated from the club at the end of the season, had 19 tackles, four sacks and knocked down one pass.

Going, 20, amassed 32 tackles, five assisted tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, two interceptions and knocked down two passes.

They join four other BCFC players on the all-Canadian squad.

The other league members include:

  • Defensive back Kyle Clarot – Langley Rams
  • Defensive back Maleek Womack – Westshore Rebels
  • Punter Nik Hunchak – VI Raiders
  • Kick returner Brandon Poulin – Valley Huskers

The offensive all-Canadians will be named Thursday.

The 112th Canadian Bowl between the Langley Rams and Saskatoon Hilltops kicks off a 1 p.m. Saturday in Langley.

 



The Okanagan Sun season came to a close in a semi-final loss

Sun season sets in Langley

A disappointing season for the Okanagan Sun came to a close Saturday evening in Langley.

The unbeaten Rams, as expected, took down the Sun 45-15 in the first of two BCFC semi-finals.

The Sun also lost the services of first-year quarterback Alex Douglas who was taken off the field on a stretcher after taking a hit on an interception late in the third quarter.

Rookie Dominic Britton finished the final quarter.

The Sun got the first break of the game, when Miguel Woods scooped up a loose ball after the Rams fumbled the opening kickoff. From the 35, it took Douglas just three plays to find Kyle Zakala for a 25-year strike and a 7-0 lead before many fans had been able to find their seats.

From there, most of the breaks went the Rams way.

Behind all-everything running back Andrew Porcnic, the Rams gave the Sun defence a steady diet of ground and pound.

The Rams ran 27 plays on the next two possessions, throwing the ball just once. That was an incompletion on a second and 25 that resulted in a roughing-the-passer penalty and a first down.

Langley scored on both of those, a one-yard Colby Peters run and Porcnic's 18-yard scamper on a second and goal from the 18.

Two possessions later, Peters connected on a 30-yard touchdown strike to Khalik Johnson to put the Sun down two scores.

The Sun meantime did very little offensively after their scoring drive, picking up less than 70 yards in total offence.

Things didn't go much better after halftime.

The Sun got good field position at their 40 off the second half kickoff, but Douglas' first pass of the half was intercepted, the first of four picks he threw in the quarter.

That led to a field goal. On the ensuing possession, Douglas was again picked on second and long, setting up Porcnic's second touchdown of the game from 14 yards out.

Douglas was able to engineer one touchdown drive in the third, an eight-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a six-yard toss to rookie Kaden Wagner.

An interception return for a touchdown from Ryan Barthelson when Douglas was hurt, and Johnson's second strike from Peters closed out the scoring.

It was a difficult season for the Sun, who had their struggles with a lot of fresh faces on the offence, and long-term injuries to key players.





The Okanagan Sun saw their hopes of finishing above 500 dashed

Rain washes out Sun

Playing in a steady downpour for much of the game, neither the Okanagan Sun nor the Westshore Rebels were able to make much happen offensively.

But, it was the Rebels who were able to make the most of their opportunities, beating the Sun 16-9 in Langford Sunday.

The win means the Rebels will host the VI Raiders in one semi-final next weekend, while the Sun travel to Langley to face the 10-0 Rams in the other.

All the Sun points came from special teams.

Kicker Isaac Wegner boomed a pair of singles, while defensive back Garrett Cape scooped up a blocked punt and scampered into the end zone with their only major of the afternoon.

Cape's touchdown, on the opening play of the second quarter, gave the Sun an 8-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the lead didn't last long.

Shawn Lal hooked up with Will Harris for a long touchdown on the Rebels next possession to bring Westshore to within a single point.

Moments later, the Rebel had a chance to hit paydirt again after recovering a fumble at the Sun six. However, the defence held on third-and-one.

Three plays later, after failing to get out of the shadows of their goalpost, the Sun conceded a safety in punt formation, and the lead for good.

Offensively, the Sun were unable to pick up a first down in the first half, going two-and-out on seven of their possessions.

Back-up Zach Britton, who took over for the final two series of the first half, was able to generate some offence in the second half, mainly off the legs of running back Kelton Kouri.

The Rebels put the game all but out of reach late in the third when Zachary Lubin ran in from six yards after a muffed punt gave Westshore the ball at the six.

The Sun had one final chance when a short punt and penalty gave them the ball on the Rebels 37 with less than three minutes to go.

They were able to march inside the 20, but the drive stalled when Alex Douglas, who returned late in the game, was unable to connect in the end zone on third and seven.

The Rebels ran the clock out.

The Sun finished the season 5-5 while the Rebels went 8-2.



Okanagan Sun scored 16 unanswered points to beat VI Raiders

Strong 2nd half paces Sun

The Okanagan Sun overcame a dismal first half and an 11-point deficit to upend the VI Raiders 19-14 in their final home game of the BCFC season Sunday.

Alex Douglas capped the comeback with a 30-yard strike to rookie receiver Chan Lual with 2:06 left on the clock.

The two-point attempt failed, but interceptions by Cole Stregger and Mitch Walz on the final two Raiders possessions sealed the victory.

The winning touchdown was set up by a botched snap on a third down punt. Stregger fell on the ball, giving the Sun the ball on the Raiders 45.

Five plays later, after successfully converting on third and one, Douglas connected with Lual in the end zone.

The win was payback for a Raiders team that stung the Sun 37-13 in Nanaimo earlier in the season.

"It was entertaining. You get to learn a little bit more about yourself in tight games more than other ones," said head coach Jamie Boreham.

"I think we learned a little bit more about ourselves and took a step closer to the team we want to be."

This one looked like it might be an other blowout in the early going.

Trailing 3-0 after Isaac Wegner booted a 30-yard field goal, the Raiders took the ensuing kickoff and marched 89 yards on just seven plays. The drive was set up by a 40-yard strike from quarterback Keagen Henderson Mike West.

Henderson capped off the drive with a 16-year TD pass to North Rainey.

The Raiders marched deep into Sun territory on three second quarter possessions, but walked away with just seven points on a pair of Nickolas Hunchak field goals from 29 and 21 yards out, and a single off a missed 23 yard attempt.

The Sun were unable to do much offensively in the opening half, unofficially amassing just 97 yards in total offence.

Douglas completed just two of six passes for 12 yards but, in his defence, he was under pressure fore much of the half and when he did have time, his receivers were unable to hang on to the football.

They managed just four first downs and, the points they did get were set up when Wegner recovered his own punt at the Raiders 21. They fumbled once and Douglas was sacked twice.

The Sun showed some life in the second half.

On their first possession of the second half, facing a second-and-10 at the 30, Douglas heaved a pass down the right seam. The defender stumbled as Conor Richard ran under the ball just past mid-field.

He sprinted the rest of the way untouched into the end zone.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Sun again took advantage of an opportunity on special teams, when Garret Cape recovered a fumble on a Raiders punt return.

The Sun took the ball on the 34. They converted a third and inches to get the ball to the 22, setting up Wegner's second 30-yard field goal of the afternoon.

That all served to set up the winning score late in the game.

Boreham says a win like this can do nothing but build up the confidence of a young football team.

"They're believing. The more time they have successes, and believing in themselves, it could be interesting as we go."

The Sun finished with just 288 yards of total offence. Douglas bounced back in the second half, converting on nine of 19 for the day for 164 yards and the two touchdowns. He was not intercepted on the afternoon.

Henderson finished the day 10-23 for 212 yards and a touchdown. But, he was intercepted three times.

Former Sun running back Andre Goulbourne was a workhorse for the Raiders out of the backfield. He carried the ball 32 times for 161 yards.

Sunday's win, the first for the Sun against a team higher in the standings, moves them temporarily into third place with a record of 5-4.

They can clinch third and avoid a meeting with the powerhouse Langley Rams with a win in the season finale in two weeks in Victoria, or if the Raiders fall to the 2-7 Valley Huskers.



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