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For the second week in a row, The Okanagan Sun have players selected in the CJFL Player’s of the Week.
Okanagan Sun Returner, Nate Anderson continued the teams reign at the top, (previously held by Tye Kitzman) when he won the CJFL ‘Fans Choice’ award, voted on by you, the fans! Nate compiled 95 yards, 5 returns, with a 19 yard average during the 36-0 win put up by the team Saturday, against the Kamloops Broncos.
The Okanagan Sun are back in action this weekend for their first road game of the season, as they take on the Langley Rams, Saturday, August 12th at Mcleod Stadium in Langley. Game time 5:00pm.
3 Players were selected by the CJFL , as Top Offensive, Top Defensive, and Top Special Teams Player, following this past weekends games. Of those selections, Okanagan Sun players Nick Wenman (Top Offensive) and Nate Anderson (Top Special Teams) secured 2 spots.
Both players are now up for the CJFL ‘Fans Choice’ award(click to vote) Voting ends today at 5pm.
Nick Wenman, QB. – There are many who will debate what is the toughest position in sports, with answers like goalie in hockey, pitcher in baseball, and QB in football, usually at the top of most debaters lists. No question, the signal caller in football faces the pressure, especially when making your first start, and filling in for your injured pivot partner. That is what happened Saturday night at the Apple Bowl, where 3rd year pivot Nick Wenman filled in for an injured Keith Zyla. Wenman, who played his High School football at Cold Lake High School in Alberta, completed 20 of his 30 passes for 278 yards on the night. Nick also avoided game changing mistakes, throwing no interceptions while also tossing 3 touchdown passes along the way. The Sun offence didn’t miss a beat, as they improved to 2-0 on the season with an impressive 36-0 victory over their interior rivals from Kamloops.
Nate Anderson, Returner. – Coaches always use the saying “win the field position battle,” and one way to tilt the advantage in your favor is through the return game. On Saturday night, the Sun got the yards they needed to shorten the field for the offence courtesy of Nate Anderson, and his 95 yards on 5 punt returns. The second year, 18 year old Sun receiver/returner continues to make a name for himself both on offence and on the return game. Nate was also in discussion for the Offensive POW, as he hauled in 7 catches for 129 yards and 1 TD. Look for big things from the talented Anderson as the BCFC season continues.
Player write up supplied by BC Lions BCFC Players of the week.
The Okanagan Sun rode key performances from both the offence and the defence, knocking off the Kamloops Broncos 36-0 at the Apple Bowl on Saturday night.
With starting quarterback Keith Zyla dealing with a lower body injury, Nick Wenman got the start under centre for the Sun.
He got Okanagan out to a 7-0 lead early, connecting with Kyler Mosley on a 36-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
The Sun only managed a field goal over the rest of the half, but had costly penalties go against them in the second quarter, as they saw three touchdowns called back on flags.
Taking a 10-0 lead into the third quarter, the Sun began to open up the floodgates.
It began with a 20-yard connection between Wenman and veteran receiver Liam Crane, to extend the lead to 17-0.
And the game was fully pushed out of reach in the fourth quarter, when Mosley picked up his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard rush.
Wenman added another touchdown pass as well, this time connecting with Nathanael Anderson, who blew past a tackle near the sideline, and waltzed into the endzone to complete a 52-yard score.
Sun kicker Isaac Wegner finished the game 3 for 4, in both field goal and convert attempts, to make it a 36-0 final.
The Sun D had another strong showing, and limited the Broncos to 126 yards passing, and only 32 yards rushing.
Week 1 Defensive Player of the Week Tye Kitzman had a Pick-6 negated by a penalty, but managed another interception later in the game, while the defence combined to sack quarterback Colby Henkel four times.
Using stingy defence and a strong effort from its special teams unit, the Okanagan Sun erased an early deficit to beat the Westshore Rebels 19-15 at the Apple Bowl on Saturday night.
While a big, fast Rebels defence kept the Sun off-balance for much of the first half, Westshore jumped out to a two-score lead early in the second quarter.
Rebels quarterback Scott Borden connected with a couple targets – Dusan Greenaway roughly midway through the first, and Austin Lindo-Brow early in the second – to put the visitors up 14-0.
But momentum shifted late in the second quarter, after the Sun blocked a field goal attempt from Kyle Clarke, which would have pushed the game further out of reach.
That lead to an inspired drive down the field, which culminated in quarterback Keith Zyla calling his own number on a third down play, to cut the lead in half.
On the Rebels next possession, Clarke’s punt was partially blocked by linebacker Conor Richard, which allowed Okanagan to take another shot at the end zone, with prime field position.
Sitting deep in the red zone once again, receiver Kyler Mosley ran in the team’s second TD in as many possessions, making it a 14-14 tie heading into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Sun picked up where they left off, with Zyla leading his offence deep down the field.
After the teams exchanged back-to-back fumble recoveries, the Rebels conceded a safety on third down, to put the Sun up 16-14.
Nearing the end of the third, Clarke had a chance to give Westshore back the lead, but settled for a single when his 27-yard field goal attempt was hooked, wide left.
On the flip side, Sun kicker Isaac Wegner connected on a 22-yard FG at the start of the fourth, which gave his team the 19-15 lead it wouldn’t give up.
Head coach had this to say following an exciting finish.
Up next for the Sun, another game at the Apple Bowl on Saturday, Aug 5th(click for tickets), with the Kamloops Broncos coming to town. Kickoff is set for 7:00.
Okanagan Sun fans will have the chance to see their team in a totally different way when July 29th arrives!
Tickets for the teams Home Opener on Saturday, July 29th, 7:00pm Apple Bowl (click for tickets) are going fast, but there are still some seats remaining. Don’t miss out on what looks to be, a VERY exciting season!