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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Thank you Coaches

 

The Okanagan Sun would like to take this opportunity to thank Head Coach Ben Macauley and the rest of his coaching staff during CJFL Coaches Week.

Your dedication and determination to produce the best players on the field, mirrors the dedication and determination it takes to produce the best people off the field as well. As an organization we pride ourselves on doing both. You and your team of coaches have embodied what it means to truly show #sunpride and we thank you for your time and commitment to this program, players and community.

Jay Christensen
Okaganan Sun Football Club
Vice President and General Manager

 

photo of Ben Macauley courtesy of GreyStoke Photography

Oct 1st SUNDAY 1pm Apple Bowl

Okanagan Sun Fans!!

Sunday, October 1st is the final Regular Season home game for the boys!

The Okanagan Sun and SHAW have teamed up, providing activities and information for fans and customers alike!!

SHAW will be broadcasting the game live, CH. 11.

Get out and show your support as the team gears up for a big playoff push!

Tickets can be purchased as always by CLICKING HERE 

VOTE NATE ANDERSON

BC Conference Offensive Player of the Week!!
WR Nate Anderson had a pair of highlight reel touchdowns in the BC Interior rivalry game at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. Nate also caught a game high six touchdowns for 131 yards helping the team to their seventh win of the campaign!!

Nate is now up for Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Fans Choice Award! Polls close at 4:00pm PST Wednesday!
                                                    VOTE FOR NATE BY CLICKING HERE                                                          

 

Last Regular Season Home Game

 

Okanagan Sun Fans!!

Sunday, October 1st is the final Regular Season home game for the boys!

The Okanagan Sun and SHAW have teamed up, providing activities and information for fans and customers alike!!

SHAW will be broadcasting the game live, CH. 11.

Get out and show your support as the team gears up for a big playoff push!

Tickets can be purchased as always by CLICKING HERE 

Sun earn home playoff date

The Sun ran their unbeaten record to 7-0-1 Saturday night with a 20-10 victory over the Broncos in Kamloops.

The win, coupled with Langley’s loss to the Westshore Rebels, means the Sun can finish no lower than second.

Kamloops got on the board first Saturday with the only points of the opening quarter. After Isaac Wegner hit the up right on a field goal try, the Broncos marched down the field and got a field goal of their own.

A pair of field goals in the second quarter put the Sun up for the first time before Keith Zyla hit Nate Anderson with a touchdown pass to give the Sun a 13-3 lead at the half.

The Broncos cut the deficit to three with a pair of field goals and a conceded single by the early stages of the fourth quarter.

A second touchdown to Anderson closed out the scoring.

Anderson now has four touchdown receptions on the season, tied for the team lead with Shamar Donalson.

The Sun will host the Langley Rams next Sunday afternoon before closing out the regular season the following weekend in Victoria, a game that will determine who captures the BCFC regular season title.

Article Courtesy of Wayne Moore and Castanet News

Boreham giving back after following his football dreams

Jamie has been a welcome addition to the staff this season. Both players and coaches alike can lean on his experience, particularly in the special teams that has allowed us to take advantage many times this season already. Jamie is a teacher first and foremost. He brings a passion and intensity that our players feed off of. – Head Coach Ben Macauley

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EDMONTON – His football journey took many turns, down different paths, across the Prairies to the shores of the Pacific, each leading to the next.

Finally, Jamie Boreham set foot on the campus of the University of Manitoba.

He’s bled brown and gold ever since.

“Manitoba just ended up being the right fit – the right people, the right place, I got into my program – it was just all-around a good situation, so when all the pieces fit together like that it just made perfect sense to be there,” Jamie says.

After spending a year each at Saskatchewan and UBC, playing three award-winning seasons in the BCJFL, and being selected in the CFL Draft by his hometown B.C. Lions, Jamie joined coach Brian Dobie‘s Manitoba Bisons in 2001, culminating with a personal evolution that echoes throughout the man he is today.

“Coach Dobie put trust, responsibilities (and) leadership on me,” continues Jamie, now 39. “He let me be who I was, and I excelled at being that.”

Over three years at Manitoba, Jamie helped the Bisons reach the Vanier Cup for the first time in 31 years, was twice named an All-Canadian, and graduated with his Bachelor of Physical Education. A lengthy and well-traveled CFL career with stints on several different teams followed, before Jamie transitioned in his post-playing life as a junior football coach with the BCJFL’s Okanagan Sun, and athletic director at Immaculata Catholic Regional High School in Kelowna.

“I’ve got to be one of the luckiest people in the world, because when I was five, I said, ‘I want to play professional football’, and when I got into high school, I said, ‘I’m going to be a teacher like my dad and I’m going to be a coach’,” Jamie says.

“So everything I dreamed I was going to do, I got to do, and there’s not a whole lot of people that get to say that. It took me a whole bunch of places and different situations to accomplish everything, but it’s a pretty neat thing.”

Lessons Jamie learned all those years ago are the same he now imparts upon the next generation. Jamie’s teachings bare all the markings of Brian Dobie, one of the most revered coaches in Canadian university football who is now in his 32nd season guiding the Bisons, and father Michael Boreham, who has taught grade school students in Vancouver for four decades, many of them as principal.

“Lots of stuff I learned was from my dad. He was my first coach, and at the end of the day he’s probably going to be my last coach, because I still talk to him and he still coaches me on how I should be coaching,” Jamie says. “With how personal and sincere coach Dobie is, he understands players need more than just a coach, and sometimes he’s your dad and sometimes he’s your coach and sometimes he’s just an ear (willing) to listen.”

There likely isn’t a young player that Jamie can’t relate to. After all, if there’s something to experience in Western Canadian football, chances are he’s seen it. Not only has he played all over the map, he’s lined up all over the field.

As a first-year university player at UBC in 1996, Jamie played running back, slot receiver, wide receiver, cornerback, safety, kicker and punter. He played the next two seasons in the BCJFL with Abbotsford, where he played running back and safety, handled kicking and punting duties, and returned both kicks and punts for the Air Force.

His duties were just as extensive during his season with the Saskatchewan Huskies in 1999, and again when he returned to Abbotsford for one more year of junior football in 2000.

The B.C. Lions drafted Jamie in the second round of the 2001 CFL Draft with designs of making him a full-time kicker. When he was released prior to the start of the season, deciding to go to Manitoba was “the easiest thing ever.

“If I was asked to be on the Lions practice roster, I still would have gone to Manitoba … by that training camp I could kick, but I wasn’t ready to be just a kicker” Jamie says, who was a Canada West All-Star at both placekicker and safety while playing for the Bisons and was named MVP of the Churchill Bowl in 2001 when Manitoba defeated McMaster to reach the Vanier Cup.

“Going back to university was the best thing for me. I got to finish my degree at Manitoba and that’s what leads to where I am here which is amazing situation.”

After graduating in 2003, Jamie would spend the better part of a decade in the CFL as a kicker/punter, making stops in Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Edmonton, and Saskatchewan, winning a Grey Cup with the ‘Riders in 2007. He hung up his cleats in 2012 and entered the next chapter of his life, giving “back to other people what other people having given to me.

“Teaching is giving to kids and coaching is just the same, and … at the end of the day, I’m trying to teach the kids that I coach all the things that I wish I knew when I was their age, so hopefully they can be better than me and better than the new wave of kids coming up because they have that experience and knowledge from someone who’s been there,” says Jamie, who prior to this season became Okanagan’s assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, returning to the league he dominated as multifaceted player some 20 years ago.

“A bunch of our kids are going to go play university, and I really hope the good ones go to the University of Manitoba,” he says with a laugh. “No bias there.”

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