Okanagan Sun scored 16 unanswered points to beat VI Raiders

Strong 2nd half paces Sun

The Okanagan Sun overcame a dismal first half and an 11-point deficit to upend the VI Raiders 19-14 in their final home game of the BCFC season Sunday.

Alex Douglas capped the comeback with a 30-yard strike to rookie receiver Chan Lual with 2:06 left on the clock.

The two-point attempt failed, but interceptions by Cole Stregger and Mitch Walz on the final two Raiders possessions sealed the victory.

The winning touchdown was set up by a botched snap on a third down punt. Stregger fell on the ball, giving the Sun the ball on the Raiders 45.

Five plays later, after successfully converting on third and one, Douglas connected with Lual in the end zone.

The win was payback for a Raiders team that stung the Sun 37-13 in Nanaimo earlier in the season.

"It was entertaining. You get to learn a little bit more about yourself in tight games more than other ones," said head coach Jamie Boreham.

"I think we learned a little bit more about ourselves and took a step closer to the team we want to be."

This one looked like it might be an other blowout in the early going.

Trailing 3-0 after Isaac Wegner booted a 30-yard field goal, the Raiders took the ensuing kickoff and marched 89 yards on just seven plays. The drive was set up by a 40-yard strike from quarterback Keagen Henderson Mike West.

Henderson capped off the drive with a 16-year TD pass to North Rainey.

The Raiders marched deep into Sun territory on three second quarter possessions, but walked away with just seven points on a pair of Nickolas Hunchak field goals from 29 and 21 yards out, and a single off a missed 23 yard attempt.

The Sun were unable to do much offensively in the opening half, unofficially amassing just 97 yards in total offence.

Douglas completed just two of six passes for 12 yards but, in his defence, he was under pressure fore much of the half and when he did have time, his receivers were unable to hang on to the football.

They managed just four first downs and, the points they did get were set up when Wegner recovered his own punt at the Raiders 21. They fumbled once and Douglas was sacked twice.

The Sun showed some life in the second half.

On their first possession of the second half, facing a second-and-10 at the 30, Douglas heaved a pass down the right seam. The defender stumbled as Conor Richard ran under the ball just past mid-field.

He sprinted the rest of the way untouched into the end zone.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Sun again took advantage of an opportunity on special teams, when Garret Cape recovered a fumble on a Raiders punt return.

The Sun took the ball on the 34. They converted a third and inches to get the ball to the 22, setting up Wegner's second 30-yard field goal of the afternoon.

That all served to set up the winning score late in the game.

Boreham says a win like this can do nothing but build up the confidence of a young football team.

"They're believing. The more time they have successes, and believing in themselves, it could be interesting as we go."

The Sun finished with just 288 yards of total offence. Douglas bounced back in the second half, converting on nine of 19 for the day for 164 yards and the two touchdowns. He was not intercepted on the afternoon.

Henderson finished the day 10-23 for 212 yards and a touchdown. But, he was intercepted three times.

Former Sun running back Andre Goulbourne was a workhorse for the Raiders out of the backfield. He carried the ball 32 times for 161 yards.

Sunday's win, the first for the Sun against a team higher in the standings, moves them temporarily into third place with a record of 5-4.

They can clinch third and avoid a meeting with the powerhouse Langley Rams with a win in the season finale in two weeks in Victoria, or if the Raiders fall to the 2-7 Valley Huskers.


The Okanagan Sun look to jump into 3rd place in the BCFC

Sun look to end slide

The Okanagan Sun have had their way with the BC Football Conference's bottom feeders this season.

Unfortunately, the Sun have had no luck against the three teams ahead of them in the standings.

They have two opportunities to turn that around, beginning with Sunday's home finale against the VI Raiders.

The Sun come into Sunday's tilt deadlocked with the Raiders for third in the BCFC standings, both with identical 4-4 records.

The Raiders would clinch at least third with a win, while the Sun could secure third with a win by more than 24 points.

They could also keep their hopes alive with a victory, but would need a win to close out the season in Victoria.

The Sun and Raiders have met once already this season in Nanaimo, with the Raiders coming away with a convincing 37-13 victory.

In that game the Sun held a slim lead early, but a 16 point explosion in the second and 20 more in the fourth pout the game away.

Alex Douglas struggled in that game, completing just six of 21 passes, and was intercepted twice.

The Sun were able to run the ball effectively, picking up 278 yards on the ground, but were unable to find the end zone, settling for three Isaac Wegner field goals and a pair of safeties.

Sunday's game is also two-for-one ticket day.

Buy any ticket and the second is free.

The game kicks off at 1 p.m.

Sun throttle Huskers

The Okanagan Sun scored on four straight drives in the second half en route to a 40-0 throttling of the visiting Valley Huskers on a wet afternoon at the Apple Bowl.

Quarterback Alex Douglas threw for three touchdowns and backup Dominic Britton hit Conor Richard in stride for a 65-yard strike in the final quarter in leading the Sun to the victory.

The defence forced three turnovers, including a pair of Garret Cape interceptions, and created havoc for both Husker quarterbacks all game long.

And, the offence clicked, especially during a dominant second half, rolling up more than 400 yards in offence.

On all three sides of the ball, it was their most complete game.

"Probably. We were better on offence, we were better on defence, and special teams was closer to the speed we need to be playing," said head coach Jamie Boreham.

"By no means is it there. There were penalties that were frustrating. We need to start getting really good at the things we are good at, instead of just being good at the things we are good at."

The game started slowly for the offrence. They managed only a 27-yard Isaac Wegner field goal and a conceded safety with the Huskers punting from deep inside their own end zone.

Things were worse for the Huskers, who were held to minus 11 yards of total offence in the opening quarter, thanks in part to a pair of sacks from Kayel Bergland.

Cape's first interception on the second play of the fifth play of the second quarter gave the Sun the ball on the Huskers 18.

On the next play, Richard stretched out to make a spectacular one handed grab, and scampered 18 yards for his first of two touchdowns on the afternoon.

The Sun led 12-0 at the break.

They caught fire in the third, thanks in part to a heads up play by Wegner.

After the Sun were forced to kick the ball away, Wegner alertly darted down field and recovered his own punt, giving the Sun the ball on the Husker 41.

Five plays later, Kelton Kouri barreled in from the one.

The Sun also hit paydirt on their next two possessions, also started inside the Chilliwack end.

Douglas needed just three plays before hitting a wide open Kouri in the end zone from 32 yards out, they capped a short four-play drive with a 20 yard strike to Chan Lual, as the Sun built a 33-0 lead after three quarters.

Britton wrapped up the scoring with a perfect 65-yard strike to Richard.

The  Sun rookie also showed a deft touch in completing another 29 yard strike late in the game.

The Sun amassed 412 yards of total offence, compared with just 154 for the struggling Huskers.

The Sun have now won two in a row and are 4-0 overall against the Huskers and Kamloops, who have combined for just one win on the season

They are 0-3 against their next three opponents, Langley, Westshore and the Raiders, who are all above them in the standings.

The Sun travel to Langley next weekend to face the 7-0 Rams, a team that edged the Sun in the dying moments two weeks ago at the Apple Bowl.

"We played everyone tough. We are young, and we're getting better every week," said Boreham of the upcoming challenge.

"Langley is a test, but we played them tight too. We are going into their park so we better show up. They continue to say they are the best team in the league, and we need to step and figure out if we can play with them again."



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

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