Sun hammer Huskers 71-7

The Okanagan Sun had a productive night on both sides of the football on Saturday, dismantling the Valley Huskers 71-7.

The game still got off to a tight start however, when Isaac Wegner missed a 29-yard field goal out the back of the endzone, to put the Sun up 1-0.

On the Huskers possession, they marched the ball into Sun territory, and nearly recovered an onside punt attempt, in an effort to take the lead.

After getting the ball back, starter Nick Wenman connected with Nate Anderson for the first Sun touchdown on the game, making it an 8-0 lead through one quarter.

In the second, the Sun came out fast and furious, as Wenman connected with running back Robbie Rodrigues on a screen pass, extending the lead to 15-0.

Two passes, one to rookie receiver Spencer Schmidt, and another to veteran Liam Crane, had the Sun up 29-0 before the quarter was half over.

Two more touchdowns in the half came on the ground – from Kyler Mosley and Carter Gordon – along with an 11-yard field goal from Wegner, had the Sun open up a 46-0 lead at halftime.

The Sun were held to 10 points of scoring in the third quarter, off another Wegner field goal, and a 101-yard interception return from cornerback Tye Kitzman – his 4th pick in as many weeks.

Up 56-0 in the fourth, Okanagan got two touchdowns from rookie running back Joseph Okunlola, including one 45-yard rush to put the game further out of reach. The Huskers also conceded another single point in the endzone, to give the Sun 71.

The only Huskers TD also came in the fourth quarter, when backup QB Nicolae Nica hooked up with Marius Anghel, for the first touchdown of his CJFL career.

But the biggest story on the defensive side of the ball came from Sun rookie DB Aldrich Berrios, who recorded four interceptions on top of a fumble recovery on the night, and tied an Okanagan Sun individual INT record in the process.

Berrios is only the second Sun player to have four interceptions in a game, which was also done by Darby Ray back in 2003, in a game against the Victoria Rebels.

Both Berrios and Ray are still three back of the BCFC record for INTs, as John Boulton of the Kamloops Broncos had seven in a game back in 2007.

As for the league-wide CJFL record? That’s a mark unlikely to ever be broken. Back in 1965, Kirk Kupper of the St. James Rods picked off 10 passes in a game – a mark that was equalled by George Bihari on the Saskatoon Hilltops six years later.

The Sun are back in action next Saturday, for their final game before the Labour Day weekend bye.

The Sun travel to Nanaimo to take on the Vancouver Island Raiders, with kickoff set for 2 pm on August 26.

AM 1150 will have the broadcast, starting with the pre-game show at 1:30.