All three home teams recorded the win in Week 5

Photo courtesy of Jillian Kirby

It was a home team sweep in Week 5 of the BCFC season as the Sun, Broncos and Rams each won, forcing a three way tie for second place.


The Game of the Week, most certainly lived up the hype in Kamloops as the Broncos scored their first ever win over the VI Raiders 39-32 in wild game.

These two clubs played in the second half of a home and home and again it was a tail of two halves. Like the previous week the Broncos owned the first half, leading 24-7 at halftime, only to see the Raiders almost complete another unbelievable second half comeback.

The Broncos offence tallied 618 total yards in a well balanced attack.  Quarterback Steve Schuweiler finished 17 of 29 for 328 yards and threw three touchdown passes.  The dynamic duo to Derek Yachison and Devin Csincsa led the charge.  Yachison caught seven passes for 126 yards and a pair of majors, while Csincsa hauled in five passes for 152 yards and a touchdown.

The ground game was lights out for the Broncos, in particular the BCFC’s leading rusher Jacob Palmarin.  The veteran set a new Broncos record with 20 carries for 260 yards and scored two majors, including an 83 yarder.

The Broncos defence bent in the second half, but didn’t break.  Derek Trager and Dane Douglas led the club with five solo tackles each.  Shaquille Lawson and Kurtis Mutschmann each had a sack.

The win is the first for the Broncos over the Raiders in team history.  These two teams split the seasonal series, but the Raiders do hold the tiebreaker, beating the Broncos by nine points in Week 4.

Next Saturday the Broncos (3-2) hit the road (and the water) and make a visit to Westshore to play the  Rebels (1-4).

The VI Raiders fall for the first time on the road this season, despite gaining 372 yards of total offence and a 25 point second half.

The Raiders and quarterback Liam O’Brien caught fire in the second half, as the All-Canadian pivot finished 15 of 24 for 246 yards and threw a touchdown to Taylor Flavel.

O’Brien also scored a pair of majors with his legs on nine rushes.

On the ground the Raiders were led by Nathan Berg, who tried to keep pace with Palmarin.  He collected 121 yards on 14 carries.

The Raiders special teams got in on the act as well.  Tristan Muir returned a kick-off 95 yards for a touchdown, the first of his career.

Defensively Eric Wood blocked a kick and Bryce Wallace and Isaish John-Lawrence recovered fumbles.  Quinton Bowles had an outstanding game with a Conference high nine solo tackles, while James Smith collected the lone sack.

The Raiders (3-2) will head home next weekend and host the Valley Huskers (0-5) at 4:00pm on Saturday.


The Okanagan Sun remained undefeated this season with a blowout 66-3 victory over the Valley Huskers.

The offence recorded 618 total yards, while the defence continues to shine, holding the visitors to just 98 yards of total offence.

The Sun scored two touchdowns 10 seconds apart in the first quarter and never looked back.  Josiah Joseph completed 15 of 18 passes for 238 yards and threw three touchdowns.

Back-up Keith Zyla finished 2 of 6 for 105 yards and completed his first BCFC touchdown pass, finding Terrance Williams from 57 yards out.  It was Williams’ first BCFC touchdown as well.  Kyle Patchell two of Joseph’s touchdown passes, while Pierre-Luc Lord caught the other one.

The ground attack saw seven ball carriers combining for 281 yards.  Dillon Fortune, Abdi-Nasir Adbi and Braden Mann each recorded majors.

Both the Sun special teams and defence scored a touchdown as well.  Raquille Cespedes returned an interception 48 yards for a pick six, while Tyler Geisler recovered a fumble on a kick-off and rumbled 17 yards in for a major.

For the fifth straight game the Sun defence didn’t allow a running back to gain 100 yards, holding the Huskers to 71 yards.  Jonas Gering led the club with four tackles and Brennan Van Nistelrooy tallied his Conference leading fourth interception.

The Sun (5-0) will travel to Langley to face the Rams (3-2) on Saturday night in the featured game.

The Valley Huskers struggled against the Sun recording just one first down in the first half and six by the end of the game.

Quarterback Noah Falconer was 9 of 26 for 63 yards and threw three interceptions.  His favourite target was Cody Vinish caught a game high seven passes for 37 yards.

The Huskers defence was on the field for the majority of the night. Travis Dietrich was outstanding with a game high seven tackles and two sacks.  Gurtaj Bhangu intercepted a pass.
On Saturday afternoon the Huskers (0-5) will travel to the Island to face the Raiders (3-2) at 4:00pm.


The Langley Ram won their third game of the year with a convincing 42-9 victory over the visiting Westshore Rebels behind 438 yards of total offence.

Receiver Bobby Pospischil had his best game of his junior career.  He caught three pass for 159 yards and a touchdown, ran twice for 16 yards and even threw a touchdown pass of 71 yards to Nathan Lund on an extremely athletic play breaking tackles and throwing on the run.

Quarterback Dylan Tucker was good on 8 of 14 passes for226 yards and threw a pair of touchdown strikes; one to Pospischil and the other to Dallas Yassinsky.  Tucker also ran for a major, as did Jacob Patko and Lund.

The Rams “D” allowed just 75 yards on the ground and forced seven turnovers.  John Beckerleg, Denis Olivera and Alex Agnoletto each intercepted a pass, while Beckerleg and Baltej Dhanoya jumped on fumbles.  The BCFC leading sack master Brock Gowanlock got his ninth of the season while Agnoleto, Nick Wetad, Shalheem Charles-Brown and Bashru Sise-Odaa each had a solo sack.

Saturday night the Rams (3-2) will look for a little payback as they host the first place Okanagan Sun (5-0) at McLeod Stadium at 7:00pm.

Despite the loss the Westshore Rebels did see another strong passing attack from quarterback Ashton MacKinnon who completed 19 of 37 for 271 yards, but threw three interceptions.  Back-up Talyn Davies completed three passes, including the lone touchdown to Joe Barkhouse, who caught a game high six passes for 108 yards.

Defensively the Rebels were led by Brody Uddenberg and his game high six tackles.  Jordan Goertzen had a sack and Kolton Henderson picked off a pass.

The Rebels (1-4) will host the high flying Kamloops Broncos (3-2) on Saturday afternoon.


Three blowouts in Week 2 of the PFC season

Photo courtesy of Matthew Hamilton

Week 2 of the PFC saw three blowouts as the Saskatoon Hilltops, Calgary Colts and Regina Thunder all won.


The lone Saturday tilt saw the Colts upend the Edmonton Huskies 59-10 in Edmonton as the offence poured on 416 yards of total offence.

Quarterback John Kiesman was simply awesome finishing 12 of 22 for 155 yards and threw five touchdowns.  His favourite target was Kyle Brick who caught four of those touchdown passes and collected 76 yards in the process.  Cole Bazient hauled in the other TD pass.

On the ground the Colts galloped for 219 yards led by Xavier Ramsay and his nine carries for 87 yards and a major.  Kiesman rumbled four times for 62 yards.

The Colts defence pitched a second half shutout and also got on the score board as Jayden Lawson picked up a fumble and hustled 32 yards the other way for a major.  The D created seven Huskies turnovers as Owen Redlick and Dylan Niedermaier each picked off two passes and Jean Ventose and Adam Folz recovered a fumble.  Akida Lewis had the lone sack and Niedermaier had five tackles.

This coming weekend the Colts (1-1) will stay in Edmonton and battle the Wildcats (1-1) at Clarke Park at 7:00pm.

To say the Edmonton Huskies missed Jimmie Airey is an understatement.   Without arguably their best player not touching the ball, the Huskies scored just 10 points, compared to 33 last week

Offensively quarterback Kieran Pruden finished 19 of 38 for 236 yards, but threw four interceptions.  His top receiver was Brennan McNeil who hauled in five passes for 101 yards.

The Huskies lone touchdown was scored by Landon Rosene on the ground in the second quarter.

Defensively the Huskies were on the field a lot.  Jassen Brown led the club with seven tackles while Daniel Loggale had six.

The Huskies (0-2) will stay at home and face the Regina Thunder (2-0) on Sunday at 1:00pm.


The Saskatoon Hilltops blew by the Winnipeg Rifles on Sunday afternoon 50-8 behind 258 yards on the ground.

Logan Fischer led the charge with 13 carries for 172 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.  Des Vessey rushed 11 times for 39 yards.

Through the air, quarterback Jared Andreychuk completed just eight passes but two of them were touchdowns as he collected 131 yards.  Chad Braun caught both touchdown passes while Evan Turkington made three receptions for 82 yards.

The highlight of the game was when Liam Murphy returned a missed field goal, 128 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

The Hilltops defence forced four turnovers and a touchdown as Luke Melnyk returned a pick, 93 yards for a score.  Cody Peters and Arnold Osam also intercepted a pass.  Dillon Buckle collcted two sacks, while Austin Thorarinsson  had one.

Sunday the Hilltops (2-0) will finally host their home opener at SMF Field in the second half of a home and home with the Rifles (0-2).  Kick-off is set for 1:00pm.

Despite the loss on the scoreboard, the Winnipeg Rifles were able to move the ball offensively, but just couldn’t finish off a drive.  Quarterback Jamie Ybarra Jr. finished 14 of 26 for 236 yards, mostly shorter passes.  Ian Lee hauled in four passes for 73 yards to led the club.

The Rifles ground game was solid as Michael Ritchott carried 19 times for 105 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Andrew Ricard had three tackles and an interception.  Spencer Riche sacked the Hilltops quarterback for a safety.

Sunday the Rifles (0-2) travel to Saskatoon to face the Hilltops (2-0) for the second straight weekend.


Following suit with the first two games, the Regina Thunder collected a blowout win of their own, crushing the Edmonton Wildcats 63-14 collecting 580 yards of total offence.

The Thunder used 10 different receivers as quarterback Jaeden Marwick spread the ball around.  He finished 14 of 23 for 184 yards and threw four touchdowns.  Kasim Ocaya caught two of those touchdown passes, while Levi Paul and Thomas Brescinani each caught one major.

Colton Klassen was outstanding on the ground, carrying 14 times for 176 yards and touchdown.  Victor St. Pierre-Lavoilette rushed for two touchdowns on nine carries.  Daniel Bjorge also scored a touchdown on the ground.

The Thunder defence saw a great game from Dustin Erbach who collected six tackles, three assisted stops and forced a fumble.    Mason Dick recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown.

Sunday the Thunder (2-0) will hit the road for the first time and visit the Edmonton Huskies (0-2) at 1:00pm at Clarke Park.

The Edmonton Wildcats had no answer for the Thunder on Sunday afternoon recording just 243 yards of total offence.

Quarterback Jordan Olson was 10 of 21 for 102 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Olson in the second quarter.  Jordan then ran for a touchdown in the third quarter.

The Wildcats defence could not slow down the Thunder, but did manage two turnovers. Travis Semenok picked off a pass and Landyn Vick recovered a fumble.  Jayden Dalke led his club with seven tackles.

Saturday night the Wildcats (1-1) will host the Calgary Colts (1-1) at 7:00pm.

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