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BC Conference Semi-Final Summary

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters), 10/17/22, 10:00PM PDT


The Sun and Rebels advance

Photo courtesy of Shoot The Breeze

The BC Conference Cullen Cup is set after this weekend's semi-finals in Kelowna and Westshore.

Okanagan Sun 44
Langley Rams 20

The CJFL will have a new Canadian Bowl champion in 2022 after the Okanagan Sun eliminated the Langley Rams on Saturday afternoon in Kelowna.

After a very slow first quarter in which the defences dominated the Sun held a 2-1 lead…the second quarter was much different. The Sun scored three touchdowns in the second frame highlighted by a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown by Kemarr Bishop with just seconds before halftime put the game out of reach. 

Quarterback Dominic Britton threw for 258 yards and four touchdowns, all of them to Colby Milleto.  He caught five passes in total for 97 yards.   The Sun running attack was mostly neutralized by the Rams defence but Aiden Wiberg did scamper into the endzone from a yard out. 

Defensively All-Star Kelon Thomas was outstanding recording two sacks and six solo tackles and was consistently putting pressure on the Rams offence.  Michael Jourdan had a game high seven tackles and JJ Heaton added another sack.

The Rams season comes to a close after a good fight but ran out of stream.  Quarterback Hunter Norman threw three touchdown passes and 169 yards in total.  He found Beckham Dickie, Cole Barron and Gabriel Fenelon for touchdown strikes.

On the defence Dawson Morin had a solid game with an interception, fumble recovery and five solo tackles.

The Sun will now host the Westhore Rebels in the BC Conference Cullen Cup title game this weekend with the winner moving onto the CJFL National Semi-Final game in Ontario. 

Westshore Rebels 34
Valley Huskers 0

The Westshore Rebels are back in the Cullen Cup for the first time since 2019 after their defence pitched a playoff shutout on Sunday, ending the Valley Huskers season. 

The Rebels offence scored 10-points in the first quarter and the defence did the rest.   They forced four turnovers and held the Huskers offence to 167 yards.   Isaiah Cardilicchia picked off two passes while Cole Bunting intercepted another and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.  Omari Hastings tallied three of the Rebels sacks and Nehemiah Forde-Browne added another two. 

Quarterback Te Jessie led the offence with 243 passing yards on 20 completions and threw a pair of touchdowns to Mike Oliva.  Demar Hohnstein added a rushing touchdown in the victory. 

The Huskers season is over after their defence forced four turnovers.  Both Christopher Rolack II and Shane Claridge each intercepted a pass and Tyson Hulgan recorded a sack.

The Rebels will now visit the Okanagan Sun this weekend for the BC Conference Cullen Cup.  The winner heads to Ontario for the CJFL National Semi-Final game on October 29th.