The Okanagan Sun have scored more points than any other team in the BC Football Conference (BCFC) this season and flexed those muscles on Saturday, September 25th in a 39-14 victory over the Vancouver Island Raiders in Nanaimo.
The Sun rushed for a franchise record 385 total yards in the game, largely helped by the play of running back Malcolm Miller, who himself set the Sun record for most yards rushed in a game, amassing 325 yards on the ground in 39 carries to go along with three touchdowns. Miller, for his efforts, received the BCFC’s Offensive Player of the Week award for the second time in four weeks.
Dominic Britton collected a total of 111 yards passing behind centre for the Sun on Saturday, who led 10-0 at halftime before busting open 29 points in the second half, including 19 in the 4th quarter. Britton went 7/15 in the game, throwing for a touchdown, a 14-yard strike to Tristan Peddle, while tossing two interceptions.
Liam Attwood also received league accolades from his strong performance on the weekend, earning the BCFC Special Teams Player of the Week honours. Attwood successfully kicked three of four field goals in the win on Saturday, which pushed the Sun’s record to 3-1 on the 2021 campaign. Attwood hit field goals from 14, 23 and 24 yards while drilling each of his extra point attempts.
The Sun’s three victories on the season see them sitting in 2nd place in the BCFC’s 6-team standings, trailing only the 3-0 Langley Rams for top spot in the league. The Sun have packed the most out of their offensive attack this season, scoring the most points in the league, more than double of their closest competitor. The Sun have compiled 140 points as a team this year, capping out at 62 points thus far in a 62-6 win over the Westshore Rebels in Week 2.
A big part of the Sun’s offensive attack can be handed to their running back, Malcolm Miller, who has been sensational this season. Miller stands atop the league standings, amongst running backs, in all major categories, including carries, total yards, yards-per-carry, longest rush, and touchdowns scored this season.
The Sun will look to keep their winning ways going as they play in their fourth and final road games of the season in Kamloops on Sunday night before returning home to face those same Broncos on Saturday, October 9th at the Apple Bowl. A home-and-home set is always a good way to ignite a rivalry and a clash between the Sun and Broncos never needs much to get going.
The Broncos have surrendered a league-worse 125 points this season while scoring a league-low 36 in three games and are still looking for their first win of the campaign after falling by a 50-14 score to the Westshore Rebels in Week 4. The Broncos will look to their quarterbacks, a split between Matthew Wilson and Clark Snider, to right the ship.
Wilson has thrown for 300 yards this season while also tossing 3 touchdowns while Snider has been the more accurate of the two. Cam Gregorczyk is also a name to watch for, leading the Kamloops rushing attack with 189 yards on the ground and a touchdown while also contributing with 143 yards receiving this season.
The Sun and Broncos do battle on Sunday night at 6:00 PM at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops. The pre-game show gets going at 5:45 PM on AM 1150 with Trevor Miller and Jason Casey on the call before the Sun open up at the Apple Bowl on Saturday, October 9th for a 4:00 PM kick-off against the same Broncos.