The Okanagan Sun have added more accolades to their impressive season as five members of the football club were named to the BC Football Conference All-Star list.
Running back Malcolm Miller’s record breaking season earned his accolades as an All-Star on the offensive side of the ball. Miller has been a force for the Sun this season, has carried for 1,277 yards and has also rushed for a Sun record in a single season, passing Dan Arnold’s previous total. Miller also leads the BCFC in total touchdowns this season with 12.
Mike O’Shea has cracked the receiving portion of the All-Star team, catching 9 touchdowns this season and has received 467 yards on the year. O’Shea has also been a duel threat for the Sun, playing a big part of the special teams aspect with a pair of returns for touchdowns on kickoffs and punts.
The Sun have a duo of teammates on the defence who were able to crack the All-Star list as defensive backs Tyler Going and Garrett Cape were named to the D-team. Going sits third on the team with 9 tackles this year along with 2 fumble recoveries, which is tied for the team lead in that department.
Cape has been a ball hound on the defensive side for the Sun, catching a team-high 3 interceptions while also making 9 tackles this season. Cape, along with Going, has also been at the root of the Sun’s strong takeaway abilities, collecting a pair of fumbles on the season.
Finally, Liam Attwood was also recognized for his strong leg and kicking ability this season, going 16-for-21 on field goals throughout the season. Attwood has scored the most points of any other player in the league with 86 total points, including being perfect on extra point tries this season at 38-for-38.
The Sun will have all five of their All-Stars ready to go in a battle for first place against the Langley Rams at the Apple Bowl on Saturday evening. The Sun will look for a win by 8 or more points in order to seize first place away from the Rams, who won the only other season matchup between the two sides by a 7-0 score in a darkness-shortened game.
The Sun possess the league’s most potent offensive attack, scoring a total of 347 points this season while surrendering just 67 through 7 games, second to the Rams defense, which has been the cream of the crop in the BCFC. Langley has allowed a league-low 19 points in 7 games, including shutting the Sun out in Week #3. Langley has the second-best offense, scoring 167 points this season, a 171-point differential between the two teams.
The clash on Saturday will be the league’s best offensive attack against the league’s best defensive group and should make for terrific theater. The Sun come into the game having won their last four games while the Rams are undefeated this season at 7-0 with this matchup determining a very important home-field advantage for a potential BCFC Championship game.
Langley has their fair share of All-Stars as well as the Rams have six players named to the BCFC All-Star lists. Running back Joel Klaassen and receiver Daniel Kubongo were named from the offensive side while defensive backs Colton De Jong, Kyle Clarot, Nathan Murray and Dawson Marchant were honoured for their strong play this season.
Kick-off between the Sun and Rams is set for 4:00 PM on Saturday from the Apple Bowl with tickets available at okanagansun.ca. The night before Halloween means there will be a costume contest at the Apple Bowl with the best dressed receiving a big-screen TV.