Sun end season on record note
Oct 6, 2013 / 8:10 pm
The Okanagan Sun will head into the BC Football Conference playoffs on the roll head coach Shane Beatty was hoping for.
The first year Sun coach stated at the beginning of the season his goal was to see his club playing its best football of the season over weeks eight, nine and 10.
That they are.
The Sun pitched a franchise record 3rd consecutive shutout Sunday afternoon beating up on the Kamloops Broncos 51-0.
"That's 12 straight quarters of shutout football. For a second there I thought we were going to give it up but I'm really proud of those kids," says Beatty.
"We didn't come out today and play great on defence. We had some interceptions and fumble recoveries but we could have done better - and that says something about the kids and how good they are."
The Sun took a 16-0 lead after one quarter and went into the locker room with a 30-0 bulge.
They put it away with three touchdowns in the first 3:43 while running just one offensive play to open the third quarter.
After forcing a two-and-out Theo Deezar hit Tommy Howes for a 60 yard touchdown strike on their first play from scrimmage.
The reception was Howes' 58th of the season, breaking the club record of 57 set by Matt Scheurwater in 2008.
"I don't want to say it doesn't mean much to be now but we're really focused on the season ahead," says Howes of the record.
"I'm sure once I'm done playing and reflect on it then it's going to mean a whole lot more."
Late in the first half Howes also passed Scheurwater into second place on the career reception list. He finished his career with 169 catches.
On the first play from scrimmage following Howes record setting catch Matt McConnel picked off Broncos quarterback Connor Whitelaw and scampered 22 yards to give the Sun a 44-0 lead.
The capped off the scoring moments later when Brandon Donkers fell on a loose football in the end zone after Jack Rush blocked a Kamloops punt.
The Sun jumped on the Broncos from the opening kickoff.
Dillon Fortune ran the opening kick 70 yards to the Broncos 28. Four plays later, Deezar threw his first of four touchdown passes to Jesse Kendall (15 yards).
Two minutes later, after Robbie Yochim's first of two interceptions, Deezar found Zach Regert from nine yards out and the rout was on.
Fortune from one yard out and an 11 yard strike from Deezar to Thomas Huber in the second quarter rounded out the Sun scoring.
Huber also converted all seven touchdowns.
Deezar finished the game a pedestrian 13-23 for 178 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. At one stretch in the second quarter he hit on just one of eight attempts.
"He was throwing it soft. He wasn't being aggressive with it and he wasn't throwing it like he was capable of," says Beatty.
"He had to get it on the money on a rope and I just said to him to 'throw the dang ball like you mean it.' He went off after that."
While he didn't hit the end zone Alex Bradley eclipsed the century mark rushing 10 times for 118 yards.
The Sun will host the reigning BCFC champion Langley Rams next Sunday in one league semi-final.
The Sun beat the Rams 29-28 earlier in the season at the Apple Bowl in a game in which the Sun built up a 29-0 lead after three quarters and held on for dear life for the one point win.
Beatty says he's looking forward to the match-up of what he says is the league's best offence (Langley) against the league's best defence.
"To me they are the best team in the league. Offensively, they're fast, they have a great quarterback and great running game," says Beatty.
"Their offensive line is very good. To me that's the best offence in the league and I think we're the best defence so this will be a great match-up."
The Sun coach likes his chances.
"I think where we have the advantage on a lot of these teams is special teams. Blocking punts for touchdowns and faking punts for first downs," says Beatty.
"These kids have bought in big time."
Next Sunday's playoff tilt begins at 2 p.m. at the Apple Bowl.
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