Sun stop three-game skid

The Okanagan Sun snapped their three-game losing slide Saturday afternoon.

Quarterback Alex Douglas ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for a third in a 38-9 thumping of the Kamloops Broncos.

The Sun dominated on both sides of the ball for the first three quarters, building up a 37-0 lead On their second possession of the game, already up 1-0 on a punt single, Douglas drove the Sun 59-yards in six plays, aided by a short third-down conversion

The rookie quarterback capped off the drive by calling his own number to put the Sun up eight.

They were unable to capitalize off decent field position until late in the opening half.

With under two minutes to go until the half, Douglas hit fellow rookie Chan Lual from 31-yards out for a 15-0 lead.

Moments later, after holding the Broncos, Jonah Williams blocked a punt, scooped up the loose football, and scampered 12-yards to pay dirt to put the Sun up 22-0 at the half.

They ended any hope of a Broncos comeback in the third.

Douglas ran in from a yard out on the second possession of the third quarter, the Kelton Kouri found the end zone from five yards out in the final minute of the quarter to go up 37-0.

The Broncos got a late touchdown to avoid being shutout for the second week in a row.

Douglas finished the day completing 14 of 21 passes for 200 yards. He added 32 yards on the ground on six carries.

Conor Richard spent the afternoon with the offence, hauling in five passes for 71 yards. Kouri was the busiest of the running backs, carrying the ball 11 times for 65 yards and the touchdown.

The Sun are back at it next Sunday afternoon when they entertain the Valley Huskers.


Sun blow late lead

Third and 18 with less than two minutes left - that's all that stood between the Okanagan Sun and a victory over the number one team in the BC Football Conference.

But, it was the Langley Rams who came up with the big play when they needed it most, as quarterback Tristan Secord-Yanciw hit Reid Jensen over the middle for a 19 yard gain.

That completion, with three Sun defenders in the area, allowed the Rams to maintain possession, and march down the field for the game-winning touchdown in a 14-10 victory over the Sun.

"They had a play and threw it beyond the sticks...good for them. We weren't aggressive enough on the football," said Sun head coach Jamie Boreham.

"If we want to play soft and left other people attack us, we're going to lose."

That final drive provided the only sustained march for the Rams, who started on their own 16, and moved the ball 94 yards on 13 plays, aided by a personal foul that placed the ball on the Sun one-yard line. The Rams punched it in on the next play with just 12 seconds left.

The Sun started fast, as Malcolm Miller found a seam over the right side and scampered 48 yards on just their second offensive play of the afternoon.

It turned out to be their only big play on offence the rest of the way.

Neither team were very effective in moving the ball consistently for much of the contest. The only other Sun points came on a missed 31-yard field goal and a conceded safety early in the fourth that gave the Sun a 10-8 lead.

Before the last drive, the Rams managed just a pair of field goals and two singles off the foot of Jaden Sheilan.

Alex Douglas went all distance behind centre for the Sun. Unofficially, he finished the day completing 11 of 19 passes for 117 yards. He also ran the ball five times for 24 yards.

Miller carried eight times for 72 yards and the touchdown. He also caught four passes for 52 yards before leaving in the third quarter with an injury.

Secord-Yanciw went most of the way at quarterback for the Rams, replacing starter Duncan Little, who was absent after the birth of his first child.

Secord-Yanciw completed just nine of 23 passes, but racked up 209 yards, connecting on some big plays to wide open receivers in the Sun secondary.

He was also intercepted three times.

The Sun, 2-3 on the season, have now lost three in a row.

They will try and right the ship next Saturday afternoon when they travel to Kamloops to face the 0-5 Broncos

Sun script all too familiar

Turnovers, untimely penalties and missed opportunities continue to plague the Okanagan Sun.

The VI Raiders scored 20 unanswered points over the final seven minutes Saturday is a 37-13 victory over the Sun.

The Sun, who clawed their way to within four on the strength of Isaac Wegner's leg, snuffed out a Raiders drive with an interception deep in their own end.

But, back-to-back pick-sixes from Alex Douglas and third-string quarterback Dominic Britton put an end to any thought of a comeback.

The Sun were effective moving the ball on the ground through the first three quarters, but again, the passing game struggled, especially trying to go deep down field. Douglas was just six of 20 through the opening half.

On their first drive, the Sun marched to the Raiders 19 in just two plays but had to settle for a 26-year Wegner field goal. Two other promising drives were stopped by interceptions inside the Raiders end of the field.

The Raiders relied on big plays to find the end zone. Cole McGarvey connected with North Rainey on two big plays, culminating with the opening major of the game.

Late in the quarter, after the Sun had conceded a safety, McGarvey capped a short three-play drive with a 38-yard strike to Alex Bonnetplume, putting VI up 17-5 at the half.

The Sun chipped away at the lead, getting a conceded safety and a 25-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 17-10. Then field goal was set up after Wegner faked a punt on third down, and rambled to the Raiders 20.

Another drive early in the fourth stalled inside the 10, forcing the Sun to again settle for just three.

Pick sixes by Ethan Moran and Jeremy Chung, and a touchdown run in the dying seconds sealed the victory.

The Sun head into the Labour Day weekend break on a two-game losing streak.

They'll return from the break Sept. 8 to host the Langley Rams.


Mistakes cost Sun

Mistakes on all three sides of the football cost the Okanagan Sun their first defeat of the season.

It came Saturday, as the Sun fell 16-13 to former head coach Shane Beatty and the Westshore Rebels in a battle of 2-0 teams.

In what was a defensive struggle, it was the Rebels defence that produced the biggest play of the game, and put the Sun in a hole they couldn't climb out of.

Tied at 3-3 midway through second, and the ball on their 19, backup quarterback Ethan Newman tried a lateral pass to running back Malcolm Miller on first down.

The ball sailed over Miller's head and bounced into the end zone. Because it was a backwards pass, the ball was live, allowing Rebels defensive back Kieran Benedito to fall on it for a touchdown.

It was the Rebels only major of the night.

Both teams had some success moving the football between the 20s, the difference, the Rebels were able to convert on their opportunities when they got deep into Sun territory, the Sun were not.

Kyle Clarke booted three field goals of 31, 21 and 10 yards, while Sun kicker Isaac Wegner connected on a 20-yard field goal, but missed two others from 21 and 29 yards out

One of those drives stalled due to another mental miscue. After Kelton Kouri busted back-to-back runs of 64 and nine yards to get the ball to the Rebels 11, a missed handoff to Kouri on and one forced the Sun to settle for three instead of a chance for seven.

"I think there were so many errors out there. We were making errors in week one, we made errors in week two. We made errors tonight, and they hurt us," said Sun head coach Jamie Boreham.

"They came back to bite us, which was a big reason why we lost. Offensively, special teams and defence, too many errors which results in too many points on the board. We didn't give ourselves a chance to win tonight."

The backbreaker came on the Rebels ensuing drive, when the Sun had a chance to get the ball back trailing by just six.

"We have second and 20, and we have a player take a roughing the passer penalty, and they get an automatic first down.

"They would have been punting, but that drive ended up in three points for them. If they don;t have those three points, it's a different story."

That field goal put the Rebels up nine with three minutes left.

In the dying second, the Sun did finally find the end zone, when Miller took an Alex Douglas shovel pass and scampered 42 yards for a touchdown with just 13 seconds left.

The two-point convert was unsuccessful. They were unable to execute the on-side kick.

Douglas, who played three quarters Saturday, finished the night 8-18 for 126 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Kouri ran the ball six times for 96 yards, most of those on the one 64-yard run.

Rebels running back Zachary Lubin was the Rebels workhorse. He carried the ball 24 times for 123 yards. Quarterback Shawn Lal completed 19-32 passes for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The Sun hit the road next weekend to face the 1-2 VI Raiders. The Raiders earned their first win of the season Saturday, beating up on the winless Kamloops Broncos 47-17.


Sun, Rebels 1st place battle

The Okanagan Sun will need to find a way to get their passing game on track if they want to stay perfect early in the BC Football Conference season.

Rookie quarterback Alex Douglas struggled in his first complete game with the Sun last weekend, completing just four of 21 passes for 67 yards.

In his defence, Douglas spent a lot of the night running for his life as the Valley Huskers put a lot of pressure on the Sun pilot.

"We didn't execute our blocking good enough. System-wise our patterns weren't as good as they needed to be," said Sun head coach Jamie Boreham, who refused to place the blame on the shoulders of his young signal caller.

Presumably, the Sun focussed a lot of attention on that phase of the game during practice this week.

There's not much to worry about in the running game where Malcolm Miller and Kelton Kouri are second and third in the conference in rushing after two years.

Defensively, the Sun have allowed just touchdowns, both in the second half of last week's 21-16 win in Chilliweack.

But, the Rebels provide a jump in competition for a defence that hasn't given up much in in the way of yardage through the first two games.

"Defensively, we're OK. There's still a lot of room for improvement in the run game and the pass game.

"We gave up some stuff that were just mental errors. We have to stop those little mistakes."

As much as the Sun  have struggled to throw the ball, the Rebels have had their struggles there as well.

The Rebels quarterbacks have combined to complete just 20 of 57 passes, however, Shawn Lal, who played last week against the VI Raiders, passed for 326 yards, much of that (237 yards) came on four completions to Jeffroy Ojong.

"They are a pretty solid team. They've played two good teams and came out some wins. They have some really good athletes. We'll have to be on top of our game and make sure we are executing."

The Sun and Rebels kickoff Saturday night at 7 p.m.

All Kelowna minor football players in uniform get into the game free.

The Sun are also encouraging fans to bring non-perishable food items to support the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

Donation bins will be stationed at the entrances to the stadium.

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