Sun implode in BCFC final

"We pulled down their pants, we put them over our knee and we gave them a spanking. They got what they deserved."

Those were the comments of Langley head coach Howie Zaron after his Rams embarrassed the Okanagan Sun 39-7 in the BC Football Conference championship game Sunday at the Apple Bowl.

The comments were in response to Sun coach Ben Macauley's statement that the Rams were not a playoff team after beating the Sun earlier in the season at the Apple Bowl.

At they time, they were not.

"We don't need extra motivation, but when somebody from another team insults you or disrespects you, and say you guys are basically nothing, you're not a playoff team...there's six teams in this league, we're not in the top four," added Zaron.

"That's pretty reckless. You need to be careful when you say something like that because down the street, you're going to run into us...and sure enough, here we are."

At the same time, the Rams backed up Zaron's assertion earlier in the season his defence is the best in the country.

They forced four turnovers, and took advantage of five bad snaps when the Sun were in punt formation which gave the Rams excellent field position.

Langley scored 26 points off those nine turnovers, including four first half field goals off the four bad first half snaps.

"I think some of the big game stuff got to some of the young guys. We were on our third-string long snapper," said Sun head coach Ben Macauley.

"You can prepare a guy all you want, and if he's stressed out in a big game and makes an error like that, there's not much you can do to change that."

Macauley said the loss stung a little more because it was in a championship game and, "we didn't put up much of a fight for most of it."

The Sun offence, led by its running game, was almost non-existent.

The running game amassed just 54 yards through the first three quarters, 30 of that on one Malcolm Miller run on the club's second possession of the game.

Matthew Mahler was under pressure all game long and, when he wasn't, he was either just missing his target, or the ball was dropped.

Mahler threw for just 46 yards over the first three quarters and 98 for the game, including three fourth quarter interceptions - all to defensive back Nathan Murray.

The Rams were happy to play the field position game, run the ball, and pick up points any way they could.

Jaden Sheilan booted six first half field goals and quarterback Duncan Little plunged forward for a one yard score as the Rams built what was an insurmountable 26-0 lead at the half.

They scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns before Mahler hit rookie Peyton Price with a 26 yard strike to avoid the shutout.

Running back Joseph Carter was a workhorse for the Rams. He carried the ball 23 times for 63 yards as the Rams were successful in controlling the ball, and running down the clock.

Little only threw the ball 20 times, but completed 12 of those for 227 yards. Four of those covered 161 yards, putting the Rams in position to put points on the board deep inside Sun territory.

The Rams will now host the Ontario Conference champion Hamilton Hurricanes in the national semi-final next Saturday.

The winner of that game will travel to Saskatoon for the Canadian Bowl Nov. 17. The Hilltops won the Prairie Conference title Sunday.

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