Sun stick fork in punchless Huskers
Sep 29, 2013 / 6:00 pm
How do you prepare for a team you have beaten by an accumulated score of 103-27 and never lost to, on the field, in your history?
You throw down a challenge.
"Today we put in a defence really about half an hour before the game to see how the kids could execute it - just to see if they could grasp something they hadn't practiced," says Okanagan Sun head coach Shane Beatty moments after watching his club pound the lifeless Chilliwack Huskers 61-0 at the Apple Bowl Sunday.
"They did a really good job with it. We put in a dime defence and I was really pleased with the way they flew around a played fast today."
The defence and an inspired offence played off each other in Sunday's one sided victory.
For all intents and purposes it was over just a minute in when Landon King blocked a Husker punt and recovered it himself at the Chiliwack three.
One play later Alex Bradley strolled into the end zone with his first of four majors on the day and, 1:20 in, the rout was on.
Bradley hit the end zone again six minutes later when he scampered 11 yards around right end one play after Brennan Van Nistelrooy rumbled 35 yards on a fake punt to put the home team up 14.
The Sun served notice on the rest of the BCFC that they are need to be taken seriously come playoff time in the second quarter with 35 unanswered points.
Starting quarterback Theo Deezar hit Tommy Howes from 16 yards out then, one play after a Matt McConnell interception, hit Zach Regert on a 13 yard strike to make it 28-0.
"You want to go after the throat when you get a turnover," says Beatty of the team's quick strike ability Sunday.
"We just executed really well today. Theo was on the money, Tommy played really well, Zach Regert made an excellent catch but again Alex Bradley was the ace in the hole."
Minutes later Wes Giesler picked off Cody Parray and returned in 62 yards to put the Sun up 35-0.
Bradley completed his first half hat-trick with an 11 yard run on a sweep over the left side before Deezar threw his third touchdown pass of the quarter hitting Lerone Robinson with a 41 yard strike to give the Sun a 49-0 lead at the half.
Bradley put the final nail in the Huskers coffin when he took the opening kick-off of the second half an scampered 100 yards down the right side lines before diving through the pylon to put the Sun up 56-0.
"That was my first return of the year and we had some great blocks so I can't ask for much more," says Bradley of the kick return.
"I could feel him closing in and I could feel the end zone and I didn't want to let it go."
Thomas Huber capped off the scoring with a 34 yard field goal. He also converted all eight Sun touchdowns.
Bradley, who admitted he hasn't scored four touchdowns in a game since high school says the Sun have a simple philosophy coming into each game whether it's against one of the top teams or one of the bottom teams.
"We just come out to play every week like we're zero and zero. We just want to come out 1-0 every week."
The Sun defence held the Huskers to just 179 yards in offence including a mere 72 yards through their air.
Offensively, the Sun racked up 318 yards in total offence.
Deezar, who played just the first half, finished 7-10 for 124 yards and three touchdowns.
Bradley carried the ball 14 times for 110 yards, three touchdowns and lost one fumble.
Despite Sunday's win the Sun are still likely to finish second in the BCFC after the VI Raiders edged Langley 22-14 Saturday.
The Sun and Raiders share top spot in the BCFC with identical 7-2 records, however, the Raiders hold the tie-breaker in point differential in the games played between the two teams.
"Obviously we wanted Langley to win but at the same time the kids knew all we control is our destiny that we get one game at home," says Beatty.
"Obviously we would have wanted two but if we win next week we face Langley (in the playoffs) and get after it."
Between now and the playoffs is a date next Sunday with the Kamloops Broncos - another team which has never beaten the Sun and didn't put up much resistance two weeks ago in a 3-0 Sun victory.
Along with it being the final game of the regular season the Sun will also look to extend their two game shutout streak.
The club hasn't been scored on since the Huskers scored a late touchdown two weeks ago.
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