Sun running back named CJFL offensive player of the year

Sun's Miller best in CJFL

Malcolm Miller's record-setting season has been recognized by his peers across Canada.

The Okanagan Sun running back, who shattered the team's single season rushing record, was named the Canadian Junior Football League's offensive player of the year.

The award was announced on video Friday morning on the eve of Saturday's national championship game between the host London Beefeaters and BCFC champion Langley Rams.

Miller led all running backs in the nation with a club record 1,367 yards.

His season was highlighted by a 39 carry, 325 yard effort against the VI Raiders.

Miller found the end zone 11 times on the ground, and added 110 yards and a touchdown through the air.

He beat out St. Clair Fratmen running back Jacob Savoni and Regina Thunder receiver Rylan Sokul for the award.

Miller is the first Sun player to be named the top offensive player in the nation since Jeff Halvorson in 2004.

The Okanagan Sun saw their season come to an end in wet Langley Saturday

Sun fall in BCFC final

The Langley Rams are BC Football Conference champions for a third straight season.

In a game dominated by defence and played in a steady downpour in Langley, it was the Rams Number 1 rated defence that came out on top.

The Rams limited the Sun to just six first downs, two via penalty, and held them to just 51 yards of total offence in a 7-4 victory in the Cullen Cup championship game.

The difference on the scoreboard was a first quarter Rams field goal - the difference on the field, the inability of the Sun to take advantage of favourable field position throughout much of the game.

On seven different occasions, the Sun began a series on the Rams side of the field and on each occasion, they failed to earn a first down. With first down on the Rams 29, Dominic Britton was intercepted by BCFC defensive player of the year Kyle Clarot at the goal line on first down.

The Rams led 5-0 after one quarter off a 28 yard field goal from Tato Ferreyro Araya and a safety off a bad snap that sailed over Isaac Wegner's head and into the end zone.

The Sun got two points of their own after the Rams conceded a safety after Wegner had pinned them deep off a third down punt.

The Sun managed just 15 yards of offence in the first half with Britton failing to complete any of his eight passes and BCFC offensive player of the year Malcolm Miller spending most of the half on the bench.

Miller, who saw only a few snaps in last week's semi-final with an apparent hand injury, carried the ball just six times for two yards Saturday.

After the Sun conceded another safety early in the third to go down 7-2, their special teams came up with what could have been the play of the game.

The Sun blocked a Rams punt at the goal line, however, the ball fell at the feet of Clarot, who ran 20 yards for a Rams first down.

Instead of a touchdown or at least first-and-goal inside the five, it was the Rams who took over the football.

A second conceded safety late in the third pulled the Sun to within three at 7-4.

They had a chance to tie it following their only sustained drive midway through the fourth.

Starting on their own 21 and following a pass interference penalty, Britton hit his first two passes of the game, a 30 yarder to Matthew Sibley and a 14 yard strike to Blaise Beauchemin.

Consecutive runs of five and four yards put the ball on the Rams 21.

The Sun elected to send Liam Attwood onto the field for a 28 yard field goal, but Mike O'Shea was unable to handle the wet football, and his desperation pass came up two yards shy.

The final Sun drive was stopped at the 51 when they failed on a third and one.

The Rams will now go on to host the Western Final next weekend against the winner of Sunday's Prairie Conference final between the Saskatoon Hilltops and Regina Thunder.

The Okanagan Sun have organized a fan bus for Saturday's BCFC final in Langley

Sun fan bus off to final

The Okanagan Sun have organized a fan bus for this weekend's BC Football Conference final in Langley.

The price of a seat is $75, and includes transportation to and from the game, a game ticket and food for the ride home.

The bus departs from the Apple Bowl at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

The Sun and Langley meet for the Cullen Cup at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Both teams finished the regular season with identical 7-1 records. The Rams beat the Sun 7-0 in Langley early in the season in a game cut short due to a power failure in the area.

The Sun beat the Rams 13-6 in the regular season finale at the Apple Bowl.

Langley was awarded first place based on fewer points allowed over the entire regular season.

Both teams handily won their semi-final games last weekend.

The winner of tomorrow's league final will host the Western final against the Prairie Conference champion next weekend.

Okanagan Sun advanced to the BCFC final with a convincing 33-0 win over the VI Raiders

Sun off to BCFC final

The Okanagan Sun will play for the Cullen Cup in the BC Football Conference championship game - but at what cost?

The Sun throttled the visiting VI Raiders 33-0 Saturday afternoon at the Apple Bowl, but did it without the league's leading rusher, Malcolm Miller.

Miller left the game in the first quarter with an apparent hand injury.

He left the bench in the second quarter, but returned in the second half with his hand wrapped, a precaution according to head coach Jamie Boreham.

"Malcom's done a good job for us. He's a little sore so we decided to take him out in the first quarter," said Boreham.

"It's end of the season. We have so many bumps and bruises and we got to the point where we said we're going to be fine. Our young back's good too. It took a little longer than we hoped for, but they finished the fourth quarter real well."

Miller carried the ball just twice for six yards, both carries coming on their third possession of the game.

Kaiden Banfield carried the load for much of the rest of the game, gaining 51 yards on eight carries.

The Sun set the tone right out of the gate when Matthew Sibley took the opening kickoff 88 yards to paydirt.

Sibley fielded the ball on the right hashmark, found his blockers, sprinted to the left and scampered down the left sideline to the end zone.

It was the second time Sibley has returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

Early in the second quarter with good field position at the Raiders 37 following a poor punt, Dominic Britton needed just three plays to hook up with Mike O'Shea for a 24 yard touchdown.

The offense sputtered through much of the second and third quarters, managing just a pair of singles and a conceded safety.

But, leading 18-0 in the fourth, the offence came alive..

Britton capped off a four play, 60 yard drive with a one-yard plunge.

He closed the scoring with a 37 yard strike to Sibley.

With Miller on the sidelines, Britton carried most of the load on his shoulders, completing 16 of 20 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns.

He also tossed a pair of first half interceptions, one on an ill-advised pass into the end zone, the other on a catchable ball deflected into the waiting arms of a Raider defensive back.

Aside from those, Britton was nearly perfect on the day.

"We liked some matchups, so we played some matchups and some systems on systems.

"I think Dom had a good week of preparation with the receivers as well. The O-Line kept him up and gave him some time. We just have to get in the end zone a little earlier. "

The defence held the Raiders in check much of the afternoon, giving up a little more than 200 yards in total offence.

Quarterback Jake Laberge found himself running for his life much of the afternoon. When he wasn't knocked to the ground or forced to scramble himself, Laberge managed to complete on nine of 28 passes for 79 yards.

The Raiders also lost a pair of fumbles and turned the ball over on downs four times.

The Sun will face the Langley Rams for the Cullen Cup in Langley next Saturday.

The Rams won the right to host the final, beating the Valley Huskers 39-8 in the other semi-final.

The Okanagan Sun kick off the BCFC post season on home turf Saturday

Sun host Raiders in semi

The Okanagan Sun hope to get one more crack at the league champion Langley Rams.

Standing in their way, a date with the VI Raiders Saturday afternoon at the Apple Bowl.

The Sun and Raiders faceoff for the third time this season in one of two BCFC semi-finals.

It won't be much of a surprise if running back Malcolm Miller gets the ball early, and often for the Sun.

The Raiders were unable to slow Miller down during their two regular season meetings, as he slashed through their front seven for 623 yards and five touchdowns on 66 carries (9.4 yards per carry).

Miller won the league rushing title with 1,360 yards in just eight games.

Quarterback Dominic Britton threw for nearly 350 yards in the two games, including five touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

Despite a lopsided 70-25 win over the Raiders during their only meeting at the Apple Bowl, head coach Jamie Boreham was less than thrilled with the overall effort.

"It was embarrassing to have a game like that, and not respond and not adjust, and not play better and stop taking penalties," Boreham said at the time.

The Sun were assessed 225 yards in penalties during that game.

They also allowed Raiders quarterback Jake Laberge to throw for 271 yards.

Saturday's other semi pits the Rams against the Valley Huskers.

The winners of Saturday's games will meet in the BCFC final the following weekend.

The BCFC winner will host the Prairie Conference champion in the national semi-final, with the Canadian Bowl slated for the home park of the Ontario Football Conference champions.

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