Jason Casey isn’t about to allow the Okanagan Sun to fall into a trap.
No false sense of security for his football club, even after a 69-0 thrashing of the Westshore Rebels Saturday night on the Island.
Two lopsided BCFC wins in a row—42-7 over Chilliwack a week earlier—hasn’t changed Casey’s resolve to keep the Sun (6-1) ultimately prepared for each week, whether their next opponent is 0-7 or 7-0.
“We do not disrespect our opponents, nor do we take any game for granted,” said Casey. “We prepare for each game one week at a time, that is how a team stays successful.”
While local football fans are eagerly anticipating the Sun’s showdown with the Vancouver Island Raiders (7-0) on Oct. 9 at the Apple Bowl, Casey assures the regular season finale is the furthest thing from his mind.
All that matters to Casey and his staff today is preparing for the Kamloops Broncos, (1-6) who pay a visit to the Apple Bowl on Sunday afternoon.
“When you have a target on your back from your opponents, like we do each week, and you take them lightly based on what others may believe their talent levels are on paper, you leave yourself open to defeat and allow teams to come into games and bite you in the ass,” said Casey. “We will not be ill-prepared for any opponent, nor will we be looking past or ahead to others.”
At Westshore, the Sun jumped on the Rebels early and didn’t look back as Robbie Yochim returned the opening kickoff a team-record 105 yards for a touchdown.
Receiver Dan Turek also earned a spot in the Sun record book with 227 yards receiving. He caught seven passes and also scored a major.
Quarterbnack Jeremy Mraovic passed for 429 yards—the second most in Sun history—and fired four touchdown passes.
On the ground, Okanagan rolled up 208 yards rushing, 87 of those from Armand Bokitch.
On defense, the Sun allowed the Rebels just 146 yards of total offense.
It was an all-round effort that satisfied the Sun’s head coach, particularly by the club’s big offensive line.
“The men played excellent all game,” Casey said. “There were some minor hiccups that cost us some yards and momemtum that we need to fix so we can be successful in close games, but all and all, I was extremely pleased with everyone’s performance. The O-Line were very impressive. We are now starting to see the dominating force that we knew they could be. They are playing big, mean and nasty.”
Kickoff Sunday at the Apple Bowl between the Sun and Broncos is 2 p.m.
Sun Spots…The Sun’s annual scholarship breakfast, featuring guest speaker John Helton, will be held Thursday night at the Coast Capri Hotel. For more information, visit okanagansun.ca.