BCFC Game of the Week (5): Battle for first place

The Game of the Week in the British Columbia Football Conference will see a battle for first place as the 4-0 Langley Rams visit the 3-1 Okanagan Sun.

The Rams have been dominating the Conference through the first four weeks outscoring their opposition 214-58.  Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren is the #1 rated quarterback in the conference with an efficiency rating of 118.7%.  He is 44 of 83 for 855 yards which leads the league.   He’s thrown 11 touchdown passes, compared to just two interceptions.  He has been terrific running the ball as well, with 30 carries for 251 yards and six touchdowns.

Gilbert-Knorren has two lethal weapons to throw to was Malcolm Williams and Dan English have been outstanding early on.  Williams has hauled in a team high 16 passes for a conference high 362 yards.  His average catch is 22.6 yards and has five TD catches.  English on the other hand has made 12 catches for 267 yards and five touchdowns.  His average catch is 22.3 yards.

Other than Gilbert-Knorren, the Rams have a talented 1-2 punch on the ground.  Kyle Albertini has rushed 25 times for 273 yards, averaging 10.9 yards a carry with one touchdown.  Nathan Lund gives the Rams a balanced attack with 26 carries for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

The Rams defense has been stellar, giving up just 14.5 points per game.  They lead the Conference with a +14 in takeaway/giveaways and have Evan Foster anchoring the line with 7.5 sacks.  The Rams have a number of players from last year’s Canadian Bowl team that have returned, including linebacker Arie Nakagawa who already has nine tackles.

On the other side of the field the Okanagan Sun will be back at home for the first time in three weeks.  The Sun are 3-1 and a coming off a 23-8 road win in Kamloops and have outscored their opposition 77-38.  The reason for the low point total is because their game in Week 1 was overturned due to an ineligible players, handing the Sun a 1-0 loss.

The Sun have offense has been very good through the first four games led by a two quarterback system.  Theo Deezer has been the starter in the last three games and is 44 of 75 for 672 yards.  He has thrown eight touchdown passes, good for a efficiency rating of 118.3%.  Cam Bedore has taken as many snaps as Deezer, but has played some important downs.  Bedore is 17 of 32 for 236 yards and has thrown four touchdown passes.  His efficiency rating is 116.7%.

Their favourite receiver has been fifth year veteran Tommy Howes, who has caught a conference high 24 passes for 360 yards.  Howes also leads the Conference with six touchdown receptions.  Deion Bain has been a spark plug in the last two games and has six catches for 118 yards and a major.

On the ground Dillon Fortune has carried the load with a Conference high 54 carries for 337 yards, averaging 6.2 yards a carry with two touchdowns.  An injured Alex Bradley is set return this weekend after missing the last three games.  Bradley in week one carried 16 times for 104 yards and a had a major.

Defensively the Sun are a +3 and have been led by Jack Rush.  The free safety has 15 tackles and three interceptions.  Defensive back Robbie Yochim also has three picks and one fumble recovery.  The defensive line has been anchored by Terrance Mendes and Manu Eli, with Zac Ironstand (four sacks) and Jonas Gering (10 tackles) on the ends.

This will be the only meeting in the regular season between these two teams.  Kickoff will be at 7:00pm at the Apple Bowl.

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