“Already a name that will be in the mix for Defensive Player of the Year…”

..in the BCFC, Richard was called upon to return kicks as the Sun were at times desperate to gain momentum against a Rebels club that was shutting down the Sun offensively.

Richard had a strong afternoon, especially in the second half with a 53 yarder that he was inches from breaking for a touchdown. Richard’s kick returns may have been the only trouble the Sun gave the Rebels on this night – BCFootballConference.com

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Sun @ Rebels Recap

After putting up 19 points against the Westshore Rebels in Week 1, the Okanagan Sun displayed the same offensive output on Saturday night in Langford.

Unfortunately, the Rebels dialed up 30 points of their own to hand the Sun their first loss of the season, and snatch first place out from under them in the process.

But the Rebels would tie the game shortly afterwards, with a Kyle Clarke 12-yard chip shot making it 3-3 before the end of the first quarter.

In the second, the Rebels got their first touchdown of the night, when another deep drive allowed Trey Campbell to run the ball in from 10 yards out, for a 10-3 score.

But the Sun would almost immediately respond, after starting their drive from inside Rebel territory, thanks to a lengthy kickoff return from Conor Richard, who also drew a flag for a facemask on the run.

Starter Nick Wenman would connect with Abdinasir Abdi on a 20-yard pass, tying the game 10-10, less than four minutes into the quarter.

But the Rebels would swing the momentum on a blocked punt, which eventually lead to a 47-yard field goal from Clarke with just less than five minutes left in the half.

That lead would become 20-10, with Campbell’s second touchdown of the game coming from five yards out, 64 seconds before the half.

In the second half, the Rebels continued to stifle the Sun, and earned the only points of the third quarter off a 20-yard field goal from Clarke.

Then on the first play of the fourth quarter, Rebels QB Scott Borden connected with Austin Lindo-Brow on a 33-yard pass, making it a 30-10 lead.

After Keith Zyla took over at quarterback for the Sun, he found Nate Anderson in motion on a pitch to the outside, to cut the lead to 30-17.

The touchdown came on a third and goal from just inside the five, with just over nine minutes left in the game.

But with late possessions ending in a turnover on downs and a goal-line fumble, the Sun forced the Rebels deep into their own end.

On a third down punt, the Rebels conceded a safety, and held onto the 30-19 lead for good.

Up next for the Sun, a semi-final matchup with the Vancouver Island Raiders at the Apple Bowl

next Sunday.

It’ll be their first meeting since the Raiders tied the Sun 31-31 in Kelowna on September 10.

Kickoff on Sunday is set for 1 pm.

As always the broadcast is available on BCFC TV, and will be simulcast locally in Kelowna on Shaw TV Okanagan.

The radio broadcast on AM 1150 will kick off with the pre-game show at 12:30.

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VOTE ROBBIE RODRIGUES

Robbie Rodrigues and the Sun ground game compiled 311 yards on Sunday. Robbie led the way with 183yds on 16 carries! He rattled off a 51 yard run, then caught one pass for 52 yards. In all he recorded 235 all-purpose yards and his first ever nod for Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Offensive Player of the Week!
 
 
Photo of Robbie&Co from Kelownanowsports

Rams @ Sun Recap

Quarterback Nick Wenman rushed for all three Okanagan touchdowns, as the Sun beat the Langley Rams 24-10 at the Apple Bowl on Sunday afternoon.

The Sun hit the scoreboard first, thanks to a run game lead by Robbie Rodrigues that accumulated over 300 yards by the end of the game.

With 5:28 to play in the first, Wenman pulled off a flawless read option, faking the hand-off to Rodrigues and waltzing in for the 14-yard touchdown.

That lead would last until the 10:38 mark of the second, when Rams quarterback Colby Peters connected on a deep ball to leading receiver Khalik Johnson, who took it 41 yards to the endzone for his sixth touchdown of the season.

With the Rams punting from their own endzone as time expired, it looked like a tie game heading into the half.

But after the Rams D took a five yard penalty, the Sun were gifted an untimed down heading into halftime, which saw Isaac Wegner connect on a 32-yard field goal, making it a 10-7 game.

In the third, another deep drive lead the Sun to the Rams 4-yard line, which saw Wenman pull off another zone read, and sidestep in to extend the lead to 17-7.

With 5:42 left in the third, Wayne Palmer kicked a 10-yard field goal to make it a one score game, at 17-10.

In the fourth, quarterback Stephen Legare lead a charge down the field inside the red zone, only to be picked off in the endzone by Casey Pyper.

On the ensuing possession, Wenman picked up his third touchdown of the game – and fourth rushing TD of the season – on another read option run to the corner, from 34 yards out.

Defensive back Aldrich Berrios also recorded his sixth interception of the year, which ties him for the team lead with Tye Kitzman.

Next up for the Sun, a game on the road in Langford against the Westshore Rebels. With the Sun’s record of 8-0-1, and the Rebels’ record of 8-1-0, the winner of next week’s game will also win first place in the BCFC, and guarantee home field advantage in a potential Cullen Cup championship.

Back in Week 1, the Sun beat the Rebels 19-15 at the Apple Bowl.

Next week’s action can be seen on the BCFC TV live stream, but please note it will not be broadcast on AM 1150, due to a scheduling conflict with the Kelowna Rockets game.

GAME DAY

Okanagan Sun players and coaches will play their final regular season home game today, at the Apple Bowl, 1pm this afternoon.

Tickets to this game can be purchased at the gate, or by CLICKING HERE to purchase online!

If you can’t make it to the Apple Bowl, you can follow all the action online by WATCHING HERE or locally on Ch.11 as Shaw TV Okanagan will be doing both broadcasts!

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