BCFC Recap: Rams invincible, Suns undefeated, Huskers & Broncos tie

Week 2 in the BCFC saw three different types of games, a blowout, a defence battle and a tie.

The Game of the Week would pit two undefeated teams with a long establish rivalry in Kelowna as the 1-0 Okanagan Sun would host the 1-0 Vancouver Island Raiders.

In a physical defence battle the Sun would prevail with a 17-3 victory.

Sun starting quarterback Theo Deezer, who was last week’s BC Lions Offensive Player of the Week would finish 12 of 25 for 133 yards and a touchdown. He would find five different receivers led by Tommy Howes who would make a game high six catches for 60 yards and a major. Jesse Kendall caught three balls for 27 yards.

The Sun ground game was led by Dillon Fortune, carrying 16 times for 97 yards. JT Fernandez would score his first touchdown with a one yard plunge.

The special teams also played well and Robbie Yochim would block a punt in the first quarter, as the Sun have now blocked four kicks in two games.

Defensively the Sun would hold the Raiders to 224 total yards, most of which came in the first half. Safety Jack Rush would stand out making seven tackles, an assist and an interception, returning it 16 yards. He would be named the McKinnon Career Coaching Player of the Game. Brandon Donkers would also pick off a pass, while Zac Ironstand and Chris Godin would collect sacks.

The Sun (2-0) will play their first road game of the season on Saturday when they travel to Westshore to face the Rebels (0-2).

With just three points the Vancouver Island Raiders were held to their lowest point total since coming into the league. Their offense would collect just 112 yards through the air and 166 on the ground.

Starting quarterback Jahmari Bennett would finish just three of seven for 35 yards with an interception. Backup Jaeden Marwich was slightly better, four of seven for 47 yards and a pick.

Alex Kutra would lead the Raiders with three catches for 47 yards. Veteran receiver Whitman Tomusiak didn’t play in the contest.

On the ground the Raiders would pound the rock with nine different ball carriers. Taylor Flavel would lead the way with 10 carries and 42 yards. Andrew Deleon showed great speed and vision with three carries for 37 yards.

The Raiders defence was outstanding led by Ash Gayat with five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Cole Sampson, Fabian Ross and Dylan Chapdelaine each had four tackles, while Jaxxen Wylie picked off a pass and Andrew Rowe jumped on a fumble.

The Raiders (1-1) will host their home opener on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Langley Rams (2-0).

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The blowout game came in Langley on Saturday afternoon as the defending champion Rams blasted the Westshore Rebels 69-10.

The Rams would collect 489 yards of total offense, 419 of which in the first half.

Quarterback Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren finished eight of 14 for 260 yards, an average completion of 32.5 yards with three touchdowns. He would also use his feet to carry three times for 46 yards and a major. His efforts would name him McKinnon Career Coaching Player of the Game.

Seven different receivers would catch at least one pass. Both balls Dan English caught resulted in touchdowns, while Malcolm Williams hauled in two passes for 107 yards including a 97 yard touchdown. Mario Narte also made two catches, one for a major.

Kyle Albertini led the charge on the ground with five carries for 74 yards and a major, while Nathan Lund also got into the end zone.

The Rams defense would force five Rebels turnovers including a 75 yard interception return for a touchdown by Ben Sharpe. Taylor Hinton also picked off a pass. The Rams would collect three fumbles, as Sergio Cabera and Evan Foster jumped on a loose ball, while Nathan Sheppard pick up a fumble and returned it 17 yards to the house. Foster would also record two sacks, Cole Hermann also had one.

The Rams (2-0) will play their first road game on Saturday afternoon when they take on the VI Raiders at Caledonia Park (1-1).

The Westshore Rebels did collect 208 yards of total offense against the Rams, 122 on the ground and 124 through the air.

Starter Mark Black was two of seven for 63 yards, while backup Mike Dumensil finished nine of 22 for 61 yards.

Sam Shepherd made a game high four catches for 78 yards, while Josh Beauchamp hauled in two balls for 21 yards.

On the ground the Rebels would be led by Emanuel Juma, who carried 13 times for 104 yards and would score the lone major. Terry Houngbo-Gody rushed twice for 28 yards.

Rebels’ kicker Michael Peverelle would account for the only other scoring hitting from 42 yards.

The Rebs defense played the major of the game led by Mitch Ottosen and Braeden Swartez who each had three tackles. Carlos Cerrato-Hiebert had the lone sack while Joey Cavilla jumped on a fumble.

The Rebels (0-2) will host the Okanagan Sun (2-0) in Week 3 on Saturday afternoon at Westhills Stadium at 4:00pm.

Also on Saturday the Valley Huskers and Kamloops Broncos would kick off following a celebration of life of former Husker Kyle Osterlund, who passed away during the offseason.

Both clubs would play at a 29-29 tie.

The Huskers were led by quarterback Cody Parray who finished 12 of 27 for 215 yards and one touchdown. He would also rush six times for 22 yards. Parray would find six different receivers including Dylan Boykowich who made five catches for 104 yards and had a major. Josh Hayden hauled in two passes for 83 yards.

On the ground the Huskers Ty Derayos carried the ball eight times for 40 yards to lead the club. Benedict Muhima rushed four times for 36 yards.

The Huskers special teams were led by the McKinnon Career Coaching Player of the Game, kicker Dan Erickson. He would hit five of six field goals and would account for 18 of the Huskers 29 points.

Defensively the home side was led by Branden Vickers with five tackles, a forced fumble and an assist. Brody Slagman had a great game with four tackles, two special teams tackles and a sack. Hayden Jeffries had two tackles and a 50 yard pick six.

The Huskers (0-1-1) will travel to face the Broncos (0-1-1) on Saturday night at Hillside Stadium.

The Kamloops Broncos would compile 420 yards of total offense on Saturday afternoon including 310 through the air.

Quarterback Connor Whitelaw would finish 13 of 28 for 255 yards and threw two touchdown passes, while back up Steve Schuweiler completed two passes for 55 yards.
Devin Csincsa would have a career game making seven catches for 172 yards and had a touchdown. Derek Yachison grabbed three passes for 83 yards and a major.

On the ground Jacob Palmarin would gallop to a game high 106 yards on 14 carries and had a major.

On the Broncos “D” Dane Douglas made five tackles to lead the club. Ben Hoffman and Chris Rosa would make an interception, while Braden McCarthy recorded the only sack.

The Broncos (0-1-1) will host the Huskers (0-1-1) on Saturday night in the backend of a home and home.

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