There are benefits after all for finishing a football season with a 3-7 record.
Thanks to a fourth-place showing last year in the the B.C. Football Conference, the Okanagan Sun will play six of their 10 games in 2013 against two lower echelon teams—three each against the Valley (Chilliwack) Huskers and Kamloops Broncos.
In an unbalanced schedule released this week by the BCFC, the Sun will also play the Vancouver Island Raiders twice, and the BCFC champion Langley Rams and Westshore Rebels once each.
“For one thing it helps financially, because those two places, Kamloops and Chilliwack, are our quickest trips and we’ll be able to save a little on travel,” said Sun GM Jay Christensen. “For another thing, we have a new coaching staff that will have an opportunity to make some personnel decisions and it should give our team more time to gel.
“Personally, I prefer a balanced schedule, but I tend to look at the positives and there certainly are some with this schedule.”
Okanagan opens the season Saturday, July 27 at home at the Huskers. The Raiders will visit the following weekend on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Last season, in an unbalanced schedule, the Sun faced the Raiders and Rams three times each and lost every game. Their three victories came over Kamloops (twice) and Chilliwack.
The Broncos were 2-8 last season, while the Huskers went 1-9.