Sun, Rams ready for war

Okanagan Sun head coach Shane Beatty is expecting a war.

Beatty and his Sun charges head into Langley Saturday night for the first of three meetings between two of the favoured teams in the BC Football Conference.

"This is going to be smash mouth. We're going to run the ball hard on them...we're going to try to pound the rock," says Beatty.

"Then we're going to come after them on defence and special teams."

Beatty says in order to beat the Rams, Beatty says they have to be able to run the ball and take their chances deep.

"We have to do it and we have to will it. Find a will find a way."

The Sun opened the season with a 41-7 thumping of the Chilliwack Huskers while the Rams upended the defending BC Champion VI Raiders 44-36.

While the Rams did much of their damage on defence and special teams, Beatty says Saturday's opponents are very talented on offence.

Beatty says the Rams have four very big, very talented receivers, a very good running back and an exceptional offensive line.

However, he believes he has the defence to control the Rams offence.

"Match up athlete to athlete like we can and blitz the quarterback as much as we can...and do it strategically and pick and choose our battles."

The Sun were led by their defence and special teams a week ago in Chilliwack and Beatty believes that will be the key to their success all season long.

Defensively, the Sun forced six turnovers including four interceptions, one which Robbie Yochim returned 75 yeards for a touchdown.

On special teams Brennan Val Nistelrooy blocked a Huskers field goal while Yochim and Dexter Janke combined for 221 yards in punt and kickoff returns respectively.

Van Nistelrooy also ran a fake punt 35 yards for a first down.

"We put a lot of emphasis on defence and special teams. We really practice it hard and our kids buy in...we have some special kids," says Beatty.

"It's not always about the X's and O's it's about about the Jimmys and Joes and fortunately we have a lot of good Jimmys and Joes this year."

The Sun also brought out their bag of tricks against Chilliwack, executing the fake punt and an onside kick.

Beatty says he expects more of the same against the Rams.

The Sun and Rams last met in the BCFC semi-final a year ago, a game in which the Rams came out on top 24-13 at the Apple Bowl.

The Sun won the only regular season game between the two teams 29-28, a game the Sun led 28-0 heading into the final quarter.


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