Okanagan Sun running back Malcolm Miller shatters team record in lopsided win in Nanaimo

Historic day for Sun RB

Malcolm Miller literally ran over, around and through the VI Raiders defence Saturday.

According to unofficial league stats, Miller carried the rock 39 times Saturday for a club record 325 yards in a 39-14 thumping of the Raiders in Nanaimo.

If the number stands up, it would break Jeff Halvorson's record of 241 yards set on Oct. 12, 2003 against the Tri-City Bulldogs.

Halvorson also had a 240 yard game that season.

However, the 325 yards would be just the third best ever in BCFC history.

Greg Morris of the Westshore Rebels ran for 405 yards against Kamloops in 2012, while Eric Scott of the Richmond Raiders rambled for 338 yards against Victoria Payless in 1985.

Miller also found the end zone three times, including a 44-yard scamper that put the Sun up 27-7 early in the fourth quarter and put the game out of reach.

Rookie running back Tristen Peddle also found the end zone for the Sun.

The game was scoreless after the opening quarter before the Sun got rolling.

Liam Atwood connected on his first of three field goals to open the scoring early in the second before Peddle hit paydirt with the game's first major.

The Sun led 10-0 at the half and 20-7 after three.

Atwood also converted all four touchdowns to go with his three field goals. The final two points came on a Raiders conceded safety.

Saturday's game was played just days after the thieves broke into the Raiders equipment trailer and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

Media reports peg the loss of equipment at about $15,000.

Saturday's win improves the Sun to 3-1.

They play in Kamloops next Sunday evening before finally returning home to host the Kamloops Broncos Saturday afternoon, Oct. 9.

Free tickets will be made available to fans for the Okanagan Sun home opener Oct. 9 against Kamloops

Free tickets to Sun opener

The Okanagan Sun can't wait to play before their rabid fans at the Apple Bowl.

As a way of thanking fans for their patience over nearly two years without football, the Sun, Skogies Car Wash and Safeway are treating fans to a free afternoon of football.

Complimentary tickets will be made available to fans on a first-come, first-serve basis for the Oct. 9 home opener against the Kamloops Broncos.

Tickets will be available late next week at Skogies on Clement and the downtown Safeway. There's a maximum of four tickets per person.

Along with free entry, the first 2,000 fans into the Apple Bowl that day will receive a free hot dog and Coke courtesy of Safeway.

Kickoff on Oct. 9 is 4 p.m.

A Kelowna company makes a significant contribution to Okanagan Sun scholarship program

$25K for Sun scholarships

Several members of the Okanagan Sun will have a chance to continue on with their education once their junior football career is over thanks to the generosity of JDS Energy.

The Kelowna-based company contributed $25,000 to the team Wednesday morning as part of its ongoing support of the Sun scholarship program.

JDS Energy owners Jeff and Brenda Stibbard have supported the team, and its scholarship program for the past decade.

During that time, money contributed has allowed more than 100 players to pursue post secondary education.

The Sun will be back on the field Saturday when they travel to Nanaimo to face the VI Raiders.

Kickoff is 5:30 p.m.

The Okanagan Sun suffered their first loss of the season in a game cut short due to a power failure

Sun lose powerless contest

The Langley Rams are the only unbeaten team remaining in the BC Football Conference, but the way they got there will leave a sour taste in the mouths of football fans for quite some time.

The Rams handed the Okanagan Sun their first loss of the season Sunday night, a 7-0 defeat in a game called midway through the third quarter due to darkness.

The question the league will have to ask is why was the game played in the first place.

Just prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff, the power at McLeod Stadium went out, a byproduct of a car accident earlier in the afternoon. BC Hydro's website indicated power to the area, including the stadium and its lights wouldn't be restored until 9:30.

But, the game went on as scheduled and, in almost total darkness, ended with the Sun turning the ball over following a failed third-and-goal at the Rams 4.

In what was a defensive struggle throughout, it was the Rams D which came through with big play after big play.

They forced seven turnovers during the abbreviated game, including five interceptions of Sun quarterback Dominic Britton.

One of those interceptions in the second quarter led to the opening points of the game, a wide field goal attempt from 21 yards.

The Sun had a chance to take the lead in the dying moments of the first half, but ran out of time with the ball at the Rams 11.

The lone touchdown came just before the game was called when Joel Klassen rambled in from 33 yards out.

The two-point conversion was no good.

The Sun, now 2-1 on the season, travel to Nanaimo next Saturday to face the 1-1 VI Raiders.

The Okanagan Sun scored early and often in a 62-6 shellacking of the Westshore Rebels

Sun perfect, throttle Rebels

The Okanagan Sun ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, then ran roughshod over the Westshore Rebels in a 62-6 shellacking Saturday afternoon.

Matthew Sibley fielded the opening kickoff at his own 15, cut to the right and rambled down the right sideline 95 yards to open the floodgates.

The Rebels, playing their first game in almost two years, were outmatched and outclassed in every facet of the game. In fact, their opening two punts from deep inside their own end travelled a combined 23 yards.

After Dominic Britton threw an interception on his first pass deep inside the Rebels end, he took advantage of the second bad kick, marching the Sun 29 yards in eight plays, capped off by Malcolm Miller's five-yard run.

Liam Attwood closed out the quarter with a 35 yard field goal putting the Sun up 17.

Two more Attwood field goals from 31 and 13 yards and a 25-yard Britton to Mike O'Shea dart put the Sun up 32-0 at the half.

The Britton/O'Shea combination struck again on each of the Sun's next two possessions from 32 and 10 yards out to put the up by 48.

O'Shea caught four balls on the day for 100 yards and the three majors. He has five touchdowns over the opening two weeks of the season.

Alex Douglas replaced Britton midway through the quarter, engineering two more short touchdown drives. Kaiden Banfield ran in from four yards out then Douglas kept himself for a one-yard major.

The Rebels broke the shutout bid in the dying moments with all the Sun starters on the bench.

Unofficially, Miller also ran for more than 100 yards while backup Jevan Garwood broke a couple of big gains, nearing the century mark himself.

Defensively, the Sun help the Rebels in check for much of the day, led by a stout front seven.

Kelon Thomas registered a pair of quarterback sacks, Tyler Going recovered a fumble on a botched third down snap and Romario Reid blocked a punt.

Saturday's game, the "home opener" for the Sun, was played in Chilliwack while the Interior Health region remains under tighter COVID-19 restrictions than the rest of the province.

The Sun, 2-0, have scored 102 points in their opening two victories while allowing a mere 14.

They take their perfect record into Langley for a date with the Rams next Sunday evening.

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