Sun look for rare double

The Okanagan Sun are hoping to complete the improbable double Saturday.

The Sun look to sweep a home-and-home set with arch rival Vancouver Island Raiders.

Consider the fact the Sun have never beat the Raiders twice in a season and have dropped 14 in a row in Nanaimo, (including five in the playoffs) dating back to 2005 when the Raiders moved up island from Victoria.

The lone Sun victory in Nanaimo was a 24-6 triumph in their first ever meeting back in August of 2005.

While history is stacked against them, last Saturday's most recent showing is at least encouraging.

The Sun dominated the Raiders in all three facets of the game during a 38-0 thumping of the visitors to the Apple Bowl.

It was the first time the Sun had ever shutout the Raiders and was also Nanaimo's largest ever margin of defeat.

"It's hard to beat a team two times in a row. That's why I didn't like the scheduling initially," says Sun head coach Shane Beatty in advance of Saturday's clash in Nanaimo.

"Hopefully we can go down there and play our game. Dictate to them. Don't change a lot of things we did but get better at what we did."

Beatty says the Sun have made some adjustments to a team that shredded the Raiders for 439 yards while giving up just 214.

We have to change. We have to keep making changes until we're happy," says Beatty.

"We've moved a couple of key guys to certain positions and we changed a couple of coverages in the secondary. On offence we are going to run the course...run the ball, throw when necessary and take our shots deep when necessary."

While Beatty was pleased with Saturday's performance, he says the secondary and the ability to bring down quarterback Liam O'Brien were his biggest areas of concern.

Despite the shutout, Beatty is challenging the defence to play better.

"We gave up two passes of 33 and 25 yards that I wasn't happy about and we had five or six sacks that we missed the quarterback. Let's correct those mistakes and see what happens."

The Sun also have a chance to all but eliminate the Raiders from race for top spot in the BCFC.

Just three games into the season the Sun have a chance to hand the Raiders their third loss of the season while improving their own record to 3-1.

Saturday's game begins at 4 p.m. in Nanaimo.

This is the second of three meetings between the two teams.

The Sun and Raiders meet again Sept 13 in Nanaimo.


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