Sun draw Raiders in BCFC post-season

Okanagan clinches fourth spot with shutout of Chilliwack

It’s often been said familiarity breeds contempt.

If that’s holds true in junior football, don’t expect any pleasantries to be wasted when the Okanagan Sun visit the Vancouver Island Raiders later this month in Nanaimo.

After butting heads three previous times already in 2012, the longtime rivals will battle one final time on the weekend of Oct. 20 in the B.C. Football Conference semi-final.

“We have to return to the rock in two weeks,” said Lake, whose club lost two nail-biters in Nanaimo this season, 30-29 and 32-30. “The first two have been good battles. We’ll be looking forward to going back there for another shot.”

Combined with Westshore’s win over fifth-place Kamloops Saturday, the Sun (3-6) secured the fourth and final playoff spot in the BCFC on Saturday with a 36-0 victory over the winless Chilliwack Huskers (0-9).

In a game where the result was a foregone conclusion even before the opening kick off, Lake said it was a challenge for his players to maintain a steady level of intensity from start to finish.

“You don’t like to think that way, you really have to try and go 100 per cent, no matter who you’re playing, to prevent injuries. Having said that, it’s hard to get dialed up when you’re playing a team that’s struggling like Chilliwack. I thought we played a bit too loose, took some penalties we shouldn’t have…but in the end it’s the W that counts.”

Sun quarterback Cam Bedore fired a trio of touchdown passes—two to Tommy Howes— with backup Austin Komonoski adding another.

Robbie Yochim scored the other Sun major on a 98-yard punt return.

While there are still bugs to be worked out of the Sun’s game in general, Lake said there are areas that continue to show progress with each passing week.

“I thought it was a breakthrough week for our return game, we popped a few there, so that gives us a bit more of an attack, helps us with field position and gives us some confidence,” said Lake. “Our linebackers and DB’s are getting on task with the pass a little bit better, and on offense we’re getting a better balance between run and pass. Things are coming along.”

The Sun also welcomed back kicker Steven Shott who returned after missing a year to recover from back surgery. Shott was 0-for-2 in field goal attempts, but was hampered by a bad snap and a block.

The Sun will close out the regular season Saturday at the Apple Bowl with their third and final meeting of the season against the Langley Rams.

On the line for Langley (6-2-1) is a second-place finish and a home playoff game the following week.

“With second place there for the taking, the (Rams) are going to be more motivated than normal,” Lake offered. “They have some weapons, two receivers (Macolm) Williams and (Nick) Downey, who are off the charts, and their quarterback (Greg Bowcott) is very good. They have a solid linebacking corps, and their defense is excellent. It’s going to be a good test again for us.”

Kick-off Saturday at the Apple Bowl between the Sun and Rams is 2 p.m.

 

Just Posted

New multi-million baggage system up and running at YLW

Kelowna Airport’s $39 million outbound baggage system can handle 900 bags an hour

New safety doors aim to protect transit drivers

These new full-length doors will be tested in Victoria, Kelowna and Abbotsford

Death and fire not treated as suspicious

RCMP has turned the invesigation of Monday’s fire on Gaggin Road over to the BC Coroners Service

Reworked plan for Kelowna’s Green Square development approved

After rejecting first version of residential development expansion, council says yes to new plan

Police searching for GoPro owner

Police are looking for the owner of a GoPro seized by police in Kelowna

One person sent to hospital after fire near Keremeos

Fire ripped through a shed and Winnebego at Sunkatchers RV Park Co-operative

Penticton Indian Band selects five new councillors

PIB aiming for internal reconciliation after by-election

Chiefs ground Rockets in Spokane

Former Rockets’ head coach Dan Lambert leads his Chiefs past Kelowna Wednesday in WHL action

Education minister blasts Chilliwack school trustee on gender issues

Fleming calls Neufeld’s behaviour ‘shameful’ and ‘unacceptable’

Two types of civic engagement in PIB

Some voted in the byelection, others protested the polls, as Penticton Indian Band fissures continue

‘Fresh eyes’ looking into three missing Cowichan Tribes men

First Nations want answers to their disappearances

Pedestrian hit moments after receiving safety reflector from police

The Vancouver Island man was treated for minor injuries by police at the scene

FortisBC LNG site exports first shipment of gas to China

The shipment is part of a pilot project that could see more exports in the future.

BC RCMP hunt for white SUV that rammed cruiser

Kamloops RCMP are looking for a white SUV headed north on the Yellowhead Highway

Most Read