Sun goes for season sweep of Raiders

First-place Okanagan looks to strengthen hold on BCFC lead with third straight win over Vancouver Island

The Okanagan Sun looks to continue its recent domination of the Vancouver Island Raiders when the teams do battle in B.C. Football Conference action this weekend in Nanaimo.

The third and final meeting of the regular season between the provincial rivals kicks off Saturday at 2 p.m. at Caledonia Park.

The Sun, which has won four consecutive games, has beaten the Raiders handily in the previous two meetings, 38-0 and 64-20.

Despite the lopsided results in the first two meetings, linebacker JT Fernandez said the first-place Sun (5-1) needs to treat Saturday’s trip to Nanaimo like a whole new ball game.

“It doesn’t matter what happened the first two times we played them, we just have to stay together as a group and prepare like we would for any other game,” said Fernandez, who is in his second season with the Sun. “Even with our record, the guys have managed to stay humble, we don’t take anything for granted. We need to go in there, play hard and get it done.”

Fernandez has been one of many key figures in what has been a stingy and, more often than not, a dominant Sun defense.

Okanagan has yielded just 85 points in six games, a result of smart coaching and on-field talent, according to Fernandez.

“We have a really good game plan every week, coach puts in something different for us every game, we’re making a lot of the right checks and right calls, and working well as a unit,” Fernandez said. “The athleticism in the guys we have on defense is unbelievable, too, so that makes a big difference.”

The Sun’s next home action is Saturday, Sept. 20 vs the Westshore Rebels.

Kick off at the Apple Bowl is 7 p.m.

Janke, Yochim BCFC honours…

A dominant 31-10 win over the Langley Rams has produced two BCFC players of the week honours for the Sun.

Safety Dexter Janke is the defensive player of the week after intercepting two passes and making two solo tackles. The Edmonton native returned both picks inside the Rams’ 20-yard line, including one for 70 yards.

Robbie Yochim is the conference’s top special teams player for the week.

The fifth-year defensive back returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Yochim finished the night with 102 yards in punt returns and a 34-yard kick off return.


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