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Okanagan "Royale"

By Ryan Watters, 05/26/24, 8:00AM PDT


Jacob Bond of the Okanagan Sun

Photo courtesy of Shoot The Breeze Photography

The Okanagan Sun defence year after year is one of the best in the BC Conference.  They often hold the opposition offence at bay, rush the passer and cause turnovers.  Lately one of the best on the Sun defensive side has been linebacker Jacob Bond.

His strength is his versatility being able to play multiple positions and play them well.  This allows the defensive coordinator the option to place him in different spots, throwing the offensive blocking schemes off. 

One of his goals this season, outside of winning another national championship is to be a leader on and off the field.  Now in his fourth season, he is taking it upon himself to try and lead a defence that flies around the field.

When he looks back at his first three CJFL seasons, the game that really sticks out is the 2022 Canadian Bowl in Regina that the Sun won.  Bond and the defence bent early, but made adjustments and played a near perfect second half helping them to their first Canadian Bowl title in 22 years.

Despite the bitter cold, Bond and his defensive mates were asked to stop the Thunder offence with time winding down as they drove the ball down the field.  On their final defensive play of the year, Bond made a game ending tackle to force a turnover on downs, securing the national title.  Its the most memorable play in his CJFL career but admittedly, he says the play is all a blur. 

The 2024 season is quickly approaching and Bond is preparing to be a major factor once the Sun open the new season on Saturday July 20 at home when they host the Langley Rams.