Sun in top spot in BCFC
Aug 24, 2013 / 10:49 pm
The Okanagan Sun built up a 29-0 third quarter lead then hung on by a fingertip to edge the reigning BCFC champion Langley Rams 29-28 before a delirious and stunned crowd at the Apple Bowl.
Saturday's win moves the Sun into top spot in the BCFC with a 4-1 record (pending a decision on an appeal by the Sun over a win taken away from them earlier in the season).
The Rams are also 4-1 but trail the Sun due to the loss. Saturday's game marked the only time the two teams will meet during the regular season.
Leading comfortably 29-0 heading into the final quarter the wheels fell off, and fell off quickly.
The Rams took over at the Sun 34 yard line early in the fourth and five plays later quarterback Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren plowed his way over from one yard out to give the Rams some life.
Langley grabbed momentum a couple of minutes later when Spencor Farbatuk blocked a Sun punt and took over at the Sun 21.
Five plays later Gilbert-Knorren bulled his way in from a yard out to cut the deficit to 15.
After a Rams interception Gilbert-Knorren hit Farbatuk from 30 yards out on the ensuing play the cut the margin to 29-21 with half the fourth quarter still to play.
After the Sun were unable to gain a first down the Rams moved 62 yards in seven plays capped off by Gilbert-Knorren's 20 yard run off right end.
The two-point conversion failed as Gilbert-Knorren rolled right and, instead of running for the corner decided to throw, only to watch his fall fall harmlessly to the turf several yards in front of his intended receiver.
The Sun were able to kill most of the final 2:06 but failed to run out the clock giving the Rams one more shot.
Nathan Lund returned the Sun punt 44 yards to the Sun 44 with 22 seconds left.
The Rams were unable to move the ball and had to settle for a 52 yard field goal attempt. The kick landed 20 yards short and rolled harmlessly through the end zone for a single point preserving the one point Sun victory.
Regardless of the score, Sun head coach Shane Beatty was elated with the win.
"Anytime you can walk away with a win against Langley you take it. They are an unbelievably coached team, great athletes. They played out tail off," says Beatty.
"That's football at it's best. Yea they blocked our punt and that's my fault. We'll fix that for next game. I feel great, I feel elated for the kids."
Quarterback Theo Deezar went all the way at quarterback for the Sun completing 18-36 for 320 yards and three touchdowns. He also had one pass intercepted.
Deezar also had two carries for 15 yards and a big touchdown with second left in the first half giving the Sun a 22-0 lead at the half.
Beatty says for the first three quarters Deezar was outstanding.
"We made a couple of bad choices throwing to the flats. He should never have thrown those out routes or the hook outs to the flats," says Beatty.
"They are about 30 yard throws and they were sitting on it with leverage. We fixed that and that's when Tommy Howes came up with a big catch over the middle to extend it and give us that big first down."
Deezat hit Jesse Kendall with a pair of touchdowns (44 and 12 yards) and Zach Regert on a 65 yard bomb early in the second quarter.
It was Regert's first touchdown as a member of the Sun.
"I beat my defender and I saw the ball coming to me and the first thing that came to my mind was just catch the ball," says Regert.
"Once I caught it it was just off to the races."
Regert, a highly touted pre-season recruit caught five passes for 120 yards. Tommy Howes had another productive night snaring in eight balls for 92 yards.
Defensive back Robbie Yochim intercepted to more passes Saturday giving him a league leading five on the season.
His first interception in the opening quarter set up the first Sun major and his second late in the half set up Deezar's 10-yard scramble.
A decision in the opening half almost came back to bite the Sun.
Leading 14-0 10 minutes into the second, the Sun hit on a 27 yard field goal to push the lead to 17. The Rams however were offside giving the Sun a potential first down.
They took the penalty and pulled the points off the board. The failed to gain another yard and Thomas Huber, who was good on the field goal, was wide left on his second attempt.
Those two points nearly cost the Sun a victory.
"It's easy (decision) for me because we are still in the red zone. It's not like we're on the 45 yard line," says Beatty.
"We're in the red zone, we got a first down so that's why I thought we could march in and score a touchdown."
The Sun now get a week off before beginning a stretch of three straight games on the road in Nanaimo Sept. 7.
Meantime, Sun president Paul Carson says an arbitrator has agreed to hear the club's appeal of a league decision to strip the club of its week one win over Chilliwack.
Carson says a decision should be made in about two weeks.
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