Sun take down Huskers in opener
The Okanagan Sun were superior in all three facets of the game Saturday in a 41-7 thumping of the Valley Huskers Saturday in the opening game of the BCFC season for both teams.
The defence and special teams were particularly outstanding in snuffing out Chilliwack drives providing good field position for the offence.
Robbie Yochim led the defensive charge with a pair of interceptions including a 66 yard pick-six that gave the Sun a 24-0 lead less than four minutes into the third quarter.
In all, the Sun secondary came away with four interceptions.
Brennan Van Nistelrooy was the spark plug in the opening half.
The veteran defensive back blocked a Huskers field goal attempt in the opening quarter then, on third and 35 from his own 25, he ran a fake punt 40 yards into Chilliwack territory.
That led to a 19-yard Alex Bradley touchdown which gave the Sun a 10-0 lead heading into the locker room at half time.
The Sun struck quickly in the third quarter.
After Dexter Janke returned the opening kickoff 64 yards, quarterback Cam Bedore hit Zach Regert for a 34 yard major putting the Sun up 17-0.
Trailing 27-0 late in the quarter the Huskers put their only points on the board as quarterback Dylan LaPrairie tossed a 51-yard touchdown bomb.
The touchdown snapped the Sun's regular season shutout streak at 14 quarters dating back to last season.
Mount Boucherie grad Josiah Joseph came off the bench after the Huskers major in relief of Bedore and engineered a pair of touchdown drives in the final quarter.
Joseph scampered in at the end of both drives from 18 and three yards out to close out the scoring.
Hunter Verhulst kicked field goals of 21 and 38 yards while also converting on all five Sun majors.
The Sun had a chance to put even more points on the board but untimely penalties cost them those opportunities.
Janke had a 100 yard punt return touchdown called back for a roughing the kicker penalty.
The Sun lost the services of defensive back Matt McConnell in the opening half.
McConnell was taken to hospital for x-rays after it was reported he had taken a helmet to the sternum.
The Sun (1-0) will remain on the road next weekend when they visit the Langley Rams.
The Rams, who knocked the Sun out of the playoffs a year ago, opened the season Saturday with a 44-36 win at home over the defending BC Champion VI Raiders.
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