Photo courtesy of Rick Streifel
After Week 2 in the BCFC, two teams remain undefeated, as the Langley Rams and Kamloops Broncos sit atop the standings and the Vancouver Island Raiders record their first win of the season.
For the first time in franchise history the Broncos begin a season with two straight wins following their 49-33 victory in Chilliwack over the Valley Huskers.
The Bronco offense exploded for 553 total yards, including 300 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Aaron Morran led the change with 15 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns, while Jacob Palmarin rushed 11 times for 111 yards and a score. Quarterback Steve Schuweiler also ran for a major.
Speaking for Schuweiler, the pivot finished 17 of 30 for 255 yards and three touchdowns. All three TD passes were caught by Rudy Uhl, who had four catches on the night. Derek Yachison led the receiver corps with seven catches for 119 yards.
The Broncos defense was led by Caleb Goudie who collected four tackles and forced the lone Huskers turnover as he picked off a pass. Adam Stangowitz was solid, making three tackles.
With the victory the Broncos are 2-0 and have scored the most points in the Conference (88) and have allowed the second fewest (42). They have won back to back games for the first time since 2010 and will have a bye this weekend.
The Valley Huskers fall for the second straight week on their home field, but did manage to score 33 points and collect 389 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Dylan LaPrairie in his first game against his old team, completed 17 of 38 for 340 yards and threw two touchdown passes. His favourite target was Tyron Ledingham who caught a game high eight balls for 184 yards and a score. Blake Draper scored the other touchdown.
On the ground the Huskers Benedict Muhima rushed eight times for 23 yards and a touchdown, while RJ Begg also ran in a major.
Kicker Dan Erickson hit two field goals from 15 and 26 yards away.
Defensively the Huskers forced two Bronco turnovers as Sharif Ali and Jeffery Hayden intercepted passes. Dylan Boykowich had four stops while Ali made three solo tackles and assisted on eight more.
The Huskers (0-2) will stay at home for a third consecutive game on Saturday afternoon and welcome in the Westshore Rebels (0-2) at 1:00pm.
The Game of the Week in Langley was an back and forth game, before the Rams pulled away from the Okanagan Sun scoring 17 points in the final quarter to stay undefeated and score a 33-20 victory.
The Rams offense was quiet through the first quarter and a half before starting to make some big plays. Quarterback Dylan Tucker finished 16 of 24 for 252 yards and two touchdowns of over 30 yards. He found both Tore Corrado and Daniel English each five times and for a touchdown. Corrado gained 137 yards including his 61 yard touchdown strike, while English gained 83 yards and a 31 yard touchdown pass.
On the ground Nathan Lund was the featured back, rushing 10 times for 34 yards, while Tucker called his own number late in the fourth quarter for a three yard touchdown plunge.
The Rams special teams was very good as well, kicker Steve Thomas was a perfect 4-4 in field goal attempts, including connecting from 44 yards out.
Defensively the Rams forced four turnovers, including interceptions from John Beckerleg, Ben Sharpe and Marcus Brown, while Cecil Belanger recovered a fumble. Linebacker Dylan Roper was terrific with a pair sacks and two tackles. Brock Gowanlock and Alex Agnoletto also had a sack.
This game was entertaining; however a total of 32 penalties killed momentum swings in both directions. The Rams were flagged 17 times for 136 yards. The Sun tallied 15 penalties for 155 yards.
The Rams (2-0) will have a bye this weekend.
The Okanagan Sun suffer their first loss of the season, collecting just 218 total offensive yards including only 76 through the air.
The quarterback duo of Cam Bedore and Josiah Joseph combined for 10 completions and three interceptions. Jesse Kendal caught five of those completions for 32 yards.
On the ground the Sun gained 151 yards, but just 29 in the second half. Dylan Fortune carried a game high 13 times for 80 yards and scored on a five yard run. Brenna n Van Nistelrooy rushed three times for 46 yards.
10 of the 20 points the Sun scored came off the foot of kicker Hunter Verhulst. The first year player was 3-3 in field goal attempts including hitting from 41 yards out.
On the defensive side of the things, the Sun picked off two passes, as Landon King got his first of the season and Beck Fullerton tallied his second. Johas Gering and Zak Ironstand each had a sack and the reigning Defensive Player of the Week Robbie Yochim had five tackles and a knock down.
The Sun (1-1) will host their home opener at the Apple Bowl on Saturday night at 7:00pm against the Vancouver Island Raiders (1-1).
This past weekend was the first “Island Rivalry” game as the Westshore Rebels hosted the Vancouver Island Raiders.
Despite a terrific game from Rebels quarterback Hunter Lake, it was the Raiders who claimed their first victory of the season; 39-9.
The Raiders collected 325 yards through the air, as three different QBs found eight different receivers. Liam O’Brien completed 12 of 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns, while Brody Taylor completed three passes, one of which for a major.
Arhur Fabbro made three catches for 78 yards and score, Marshall Cook hauled in a team high four passes for 57 yards and a score as well. Owen Redlick and Alex Kutra each had touchdown receptions.
The Raiders ground attack gathered 95 yards, led by Nathan Berg who rushed eight times for 41 yards.
The special teams of the Raiders got in on the scoring as Michael Ritchott returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown.
The Raiders “D” forced three turnovers. Brendan Lattimer recovered a fumble and picked off a pass, while Dan Dubinski also incepted a pass. Ash Gayat recorded half a sack giving him 17.5 in his BCFC career which moves him into a sixth place tie with two others in the BCFC All-Time Most Sacks category. Taylor Saine shared the Gayat sack and collect one on his own.
On Saturday night the Raiders (1-1) will play their third consecutive road game, traveling to the Okanagan to face the Sun (1-1) in the Game of the Week.
For the second straight game the Westshore Rebels managed just nine points falling in back to back games despite a wonderful performance from quarterback Hunter Lake.
The sophomore QB was 18 of 34 for a Conference high 437 yards, but threw two interceptions. His favourite target was Nathan Leader who caught six passes for another Conference high of 211 yards. Jordan Rodinsky hauled in three balls for 94 yards.
Lake also scored the Rebels lone touchdown on the ground.
Despite giving up 39 points, the Rebels defense comes away with a number of positive plays. They collected five sacks, led by Chris Pastro who had 2.5 sacks and five tackles. Tyler Leader had 1.5 sacks while Tanner Rodinsky recovered a fumble for the lone Rebels takeaway.
The Rebs (0-2) will travel to Chilliwack to face the Valley Huskers (0-2) on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm.