Heading into Sunday’s B.C. Football Conference clash against Kamloops, Okanagan Sun coach Gavin Lake had tagged it as a must win.
On Sunday in Kamloops, his troops delivered with a convincing 35-7 win over the Broncos, earning the Sun’s first win of the season after an opening loss.
“We made a positive step,” said Lake. “We are heading in the right direction. Are we close to where we need to be? No. But given where we were during the exhibition games and in week one, we saw clear progress and that’s what we are looking for.”
Bobby Davis ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Sun offense, which exploded for 21 points in the second quarter to break the game open. A former Sun quarterback, Davis plunged into the endzone from under centre in the final five minutes of the opening half.
“We definitely looked more crisp and the chemistry was more evident than in the last two weeks,” said Davis after the game. “I think we’re definitely moving in the right direction.”
The Sun stumbled out of the gates in its opening BCFC game, losing 42-14 at home to Langley to open the year. Lake says there is still lots to work on, heading into a road game in Nanaimo, against the defending BCFC champion Vancouver Island Raiders.
“We hav to do a better job blocking at our point of attack and our ability to protect the quarterback needs work,” said Lake, who admitted it will be a tough task this weekend in Nanaimo. “there is only one team that has upset Nanaimo at home in seven year so it’s going to be a difficult task. I think our guys love a challenge and will respond well.”
The Sun defense was stifling as it shut down Kamloops for much of the game. Kamloops lone score came on its final drive of the game.
Defensive end Steven Doege led the defense with two sacks, several tackles and a fumble recovery.
The Sun are on the road until Sept. 8, when they will return to the Apple Bowl to play the Westshore Rebels. Following this weekend’s game aginst the Raiders, Okangan will get a chance to rebound agianst Langley when they play the Rams Aug. 25 in Langely