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Okanagan Sun 65
Westshore Rebels 29
What was pegged as a first place, evenly matched showdown on Saturday night turned into any but that as the Sun dominated the Rebels.
The Sun erupted for 23 points in the first quarter which set the tone for the lopsided victory. Offensively quarterback Dominic Britton completed 12 passes for 292 yards and threw five touchdowns including a pair to Blaise Beauchemin. Mike O’Shea, Colby Miletto and Jevon Garwood also hauled in majors. Garwood and Tristen Peddle scored on the ground and O’Shea returned a punt in the opening quarter 79 yards to paydirt.
On the defensive side the Sun held the Rebels to just 60 yards on the ground and forced seven turnovers. Aiden Hennessey recovered a pair of fumbles, one of which was returned 47 yards for a touchdown and Isaac Wegner picked off a pass.
The Rebels did keep fighting throughout the game and were able to score 21 of their 29 points in the second half. Quarterback Te Jessie threw for 309 yards, and a pair of touchdown passes to Kierran Poissant and he ran for another.
A bright spot on the Rebels special teams was Cairo Berry who set a new team record for punt return yardage in a game with 189 on five returns. He beat the old team mark of 175 yards on six returns from 1991 set by former CJFL Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year, Simon Beckow.
Next weekend the Sun (3-0) will host the VI Raiders (1-3) and the Rebels (3-1) will enjoy a bye week.
Valley Huskers 34
Prince George Kodiaks 17
The Huskers continue their hot start with their third win of the season and second over the Kodiaks.
The reigning Offensive Player of the Week, running back Reece Wyke had another strong game with 82 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a pass for eight yards. Speaking of passes quarterback Josh Janssen completed 12 of them for 237 yards and found David Coronado for a 53-yard touchdown strike.
Their pass rush on the defensive side was impressive compiling five sacks, two of which by James Moar. Meanwhile Sawyer Tether intercepted a pass and Kurtis Flynn made six tackles.
The Kodiaks offence came from their quarterback Liam Oczkowski. He threw for 187 yards, found Jerome Erickson for a touchdown, and added another one on the ground. Erickson caught a game high nine passes for 99 yards.
Defensively Nicholas Tremblay was good with a pair of sacks and Keon Raymond had a team high five solo tackles.
These two teams will meet each other again this coming weekend, but this time the Kodiaks (0-3) will host the Huskers (3-1) on Saturday night.
Kamloops Broncos 35
VI Raiders 16
For the first time in franchise history the Broncos beat the Raiders in Nanaimo.
Their offence used the ground and pound method to perfection as five different ball carries rumbled for 270 yards and four touchdowns. Cameron Grzegorczyk hauled most of the load on 21 carries for 122 yards and had a major. Kaleb Senz, Evan Guizzo and quarterback Reid Vankoughnett each had a score while receiver Chris Finden caught a touchdown from Vankoughnett.
The Broncos defence held the Raiders to 75 yards on the ground and forced an incredible nine turnovers. Keagan Curtis picked off two passes and made three tackles to lead the way.
After giving up 21 points in the second quarter, the Raiders found it difficult to work their way back. Quarterback Ben Chomolok completed 24 passes for 316 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes. His favourite target was Dylan Pye who caught six passes for a game high 108 yards and a score.
Next weekend the Broncos (2-1) will host the Langley Rams (0-3) and the Raiders (1-3) will visit the Okanagan Sun (3-0).
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