Sun survive scare, ride past Broncos
Aug 17, 2013 / 10:00 pm
The Okanagan Sun needed a dominant second half Saturday night to pull out a shaky 23-8 victory over the hometown Kamloops Broncos at windy Hillside Stadium.
As dominant as they were in the second half - scoring 21 unanswered points and forcing five turnovers - the Sun were as shaky in the opening half.
The Sun managed just a pair of singles off a missed 36 yard field goal and a 37 yard punt single in the opening half while turning the ball over four times themselves.
Leading 2-0 early in the second quarter with the ball on their own one-yard line, Sun running back Dillon Fortune gave up the first of his two fumbles on the night. The miscue would set up the lone Broncos touchdown, a one-yard plunge on second and goal.
Kamloops would add two more to the board after sacking Cam Bedore in the end zone to increase the lead to 8-2 heading into the locker room.
The Sun ha chance to take the lead just before the half, however, they were stopped on third and goal at the Broncos one - one of three times the Sun gave up the ball on downs in the second frame.
After an attempted on-side kick backfired on the Broncos to open the second half, Theo Deezar marched the Sun down the field and hit Deion Baine from nine-yards out to put the Sun ahead for good at 9-8.
The touchdown was set-up by a 30 yard run by linebacker turned running back JT Fernandez.
Deezar closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter taking advantage of a pair of interceptions by the defence.
He hit Tommy Howes for 47-yards following an interception by Robbie Yochim and Thomas Huber from 37-yards out on the first play following another interception by Jack Rush.
The Sun defence forced eight Kamloops turnovers on the night including three interceptions, four fumbles and a turnover on downs.
The offence was equally as charitable giving the ball up on six occasions including three fumbles and three times on downs.
Saturday's game capped off a tumultuous week for the Sun who believed they were heading into Saturday's game a perfect 3-0 and tied with Langley atop the BCFC standings.
Instead, they had slipped back to 2-1 and in third spot behind Langley (3-0) and Chilliwack (2-0-1) after the Sun were stripped of their 65-10 opening game win over Chilliwack for using an ineligible player.
The Sun have appealed that ruling. A decision is expected to be handed down within the next couple of days.
Following Saturday's win, Sun coach Shane Beatty addressed his team on the field.
"No matter how you cut it we are walking out of here 4-0 tonight," stated Beatty, an obvious reference to this week's ruling by the BCFC.
Following wins over Westshore and Kamloops with a combined 0-5-1 record, the Sun will welcome the unbeaten defending league champion Rams to the Apple Bowl next Saturday at 7.
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