September 12, 2021 Kelowna, BC ( Okanagan Sun ) – The Okanagan Sun used the combination of Dominic Britton and Mike O’Shea for four touchdown connections and helped the Sun improve to 2-0 on the season with a 62-6 rout of the Westshore Rebels on Saturday evening at Exhibition Field.
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The neutral site game was the Sun’s first “home” game of the season and they kicked off the festivities in style with a 95-yard kick-off return for a touchdown from Matthew Sibley just 18 seconds into the game. Sibley fielded the ball at the 5-yard-line and got two terrific blocks as he made his way up the right side of the field all the way to the end zone to get the scoring underway.
It was the first of 20 points in the opening quarter for the Sun, who came out ready to play right from the opening kick. The Sun took advantage of some poor snaps while on special teams for the Rebels and were rewarded with excellent field position throughout the afternoon.
Malcom Miller punched in a 5-yard run for his second touchdown rush of the season, once again amassing the 100-yard mark for rushing in his second consecutive game to start the season, before the first of three touchdown passes from Dominic Britton to Mike O’Shea gave the Sun a big 17-0 advantage.
Liam Attwood finished the quarter with a 35-yard field goal to push the Sun lead into the second half, where the special teams remained a prominent factor.
Isaac Wegner had two solid kicks and showed off his legs in a running fashion as a fake punt, good for 30 yards, pushed the Sun into field goal range where Attwood would drill one of his three field goals on the day to extend the Sun lead.
Britton and O’Shea connected again for a 25-yard strike that highlighted a 12-point second quarter to send the home side to the locker room at half-time with a 32-0 lead.
The Britton-O’Shea connection continued in the 3rd quarter with the Sun quarterback launching a 37-yard strike to O’Shea for the touchdown before the two connected for a 10-yard score, their fourth of the game, and sent the game into the 4th and final quarter with a score favouring the Sun at 48-0.
Kieran Banfield and Alex Douglas each scored in the fourth quarter with short runs before Caleb Henkel spotted Michael Oliva in the end zone for a Westshore score late in the game that completed the score of a 62-6 victory for the Sun.
Peyton Ryder was a force on defense, created a forced fumble while laying a few big hits and finishing the game with three tackles. Tyler Going laid a pair of tackles on special teams while Liam Attwood was perfect in both field goal attempts and extra points for the Sun.