Sun air show plunders Raiders

Just when you thought you had the Okanagan offence figured out, they pull the classic bait and switch.

The Sun, which has been run first and run often all season, crossed up the Vancouver Island Raiders with an air show for the ages in a 64-20 dismantling.

Quarterback Cam Bedore and receiver Kyle Patchell both had career nights on Saturday lopsided win in Nanaimo.

Bedore, who had just 261 yards passing in three games coming into Saturday's contest surpassed that in the first half alone, throwing for close to 400 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters of work.

Josiah Joseph came in to lead the offence in the fourth.

Patchell, a third year receiver, went over 200 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes - the first three touchdowns of his career.

Patchell came into Saturday's game with just two catches for 26 yards this season and 415 yards total in two plus seasons in a Sun uniform.

The Raiders got on the board on their first possession and led 7-5 after one quarter but it was all Sun after that.

The Sun outscored the Raiders 31-7 in the second quarter and 21-6 in the third in the rout.

Bedore got things going early in the second hitting Lerone Robinson from 32 yards out to put the Sun up for good 12-7.

After Thomas Huber nailed his second three pointer of the night from 20 yards out to make it 15-7, Bedore and Patchell went to work.

Bedore hit Patchell for his first career touchdown reception, a 76 yard pass and run to make it 22-7.

On the next possession, Patchell gained 22 yards on second and 20 to keep a drive alive that ended in Mikhail Maloff's one yard run.

Dustin Rodriguez got that one back on a 95 yard catch and run following the ensuing kickoff, however, Patchell hauled in his second major of the quarter from 22 yards out in the final minute to put the Sun up 36-14 at the half.

In the first half alone Patchell caught six passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns while Bedore completed 16 of 20 for 298 yards and three touchdowns.

The Sun didn't let up in the third.

After Brennan Van Nistelrooy scampered to the Raiders four on a fake punt, Dillon Fortune found paydirt on the next play to put the Sun up 43-14.

The Raiders again cut the deficit when Nathan Berg ran in from one yard out but that was all the scoring they would manage.

Bedore hit Patchell from 19 yards out to make it 50-20 before Maloff scored his second of the night on a one yard plunge set up by Fortune's 90 yard run.

Patchell closed out the scoring late in he fourth when he picked up teammate Cory Nagata's fumble at the seven and rambled into the end zone.

Saturday's win was their first in Nanaimo since August, 2005, a span of 14 games.

It was also their largest margin of victory over the Raiders and the Raiders largest margin of victory ever in franchise history.

The Sun, who pounded the Raiders 38-0 last weekend at the Apple Bowl, have outscored their arch rivals 102-20 over the two games.

The win also moves the Sun to 3-1 while the Raiders slip to 1-3, their worst start in franchise history.

The Sun hit the half way point of the season next weekend when they play in Kamloops.


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