After a tentative start, the Okanagan Sun kicked off the 2016 B.C. Football Conference season in style with a 56-14 victory over the Valley Huskers Saturday night in Chilliwack.
The Sun erupted for 35 points in the second quarter as new head coach Ben Macauley recorded his first Canadian Junior Football League victory.
The ballhawking Sun defense accounted for three touchdowns, as Beck Fullerton and lineman Elias Rodriquez each returned interceptions 70 yards for major scores, while Jamie Turek added pick-six with a 40-yard return.
Quarterback Keith Zyla was 4-for-4 in passing for 174 yards, connecting for three TD passes including a 74-yarder to Brendan Hansen. Lliam Wishart (64 yards) and Shamar Donelson (31 yards) also caught passes from Zyla for major scores.
Zyla split the QB duties with Foster Martens who rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown. Kasey Russell scored the other major along the ground on a five-yard run.
On the downside, the Sun lacked discipline at times and took 17 penalties for 175 yards.
The Sun returns to action Saturday night when they take on the Kamloops Broncos at Hillside Stadium.