Road heavy sked for OK Sun
The Okanagan Sun hopes the road is kind to them over the first half of the 2014 BC football Conference season.
The league schedule, released late Thursday night, sees the Sun start the regular season with back-to-back games on the road with four of their first five games away from the Apple Bowl.
The Sun will open the 2014 campaign July 26 in Chilliwack followed with an August 2 date in Langley.
They'll open the home portion of the schedule August 9 against the reigning BCFC champion VI Raiders before making a return engagement to Nanaimo the following weekend.
"Initially I wasn't really thrilled about being on the road four out of the first five weeks but, after thinking about it, getting the opportunity to finish up with four out of five at home heading into the playoffs could be a huge advantage for us," says Sun head coach Shane Beatty.
"If we get through that initial stretch it could be very good for us."
The Sun will conclude the season with four of five at home including the last three on home turf against Victoria, Langley and Kamloops.
By virtue of their second place finish in 2013 the Sun will again be in the BCFC's 'top-tier,' meaning they will face the Raiders and Rams six times over the course of the 10 game, unbalanced schedule.
They make two trips to Nanaimo while hosting the Rams, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago, twice.
"That's what our kids want. If you are going to be a good program that's what you have to want," says Beatty of playing the top teams six times.
"You want to play the best anytime, anywhere, anyplace. We are ready to go. We think we have put together a pretty good group to compete against anyone in the country."
The Sun will also play three of their five home games under the lights on Saturday nights.
"I love it. It's a great environment," says Beatty.
"We have the best fans in the country and we have the best support. It's a great place to play when they weather is good too. It's going to be an exciting time this year."
The Sun will get the season rolling with their annual Spring Camp May 30 to June 1 at the Apple Bowl practice fields.
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