Unbeaten Sun prepare for regular season finale
The Okanagan Sun will try and put the finishing touches on a so-far undefeated regular season on Saturday.
The Sun have yet to lose their first nine games of the season, with the only partial setback coming as a tie against VI in Week 6.
The Westshore Rebels also have eight wins, but suffered a defeat in Week 1 at the hands of the Sun.
Saturday's rematch ensures only one team will reach nine wins, and wrap up first place in the process.
Sun head coach Ben Macauley says one of the main differences in philosophies between the two clubs is reflected on the number of new faces that will be on the Rebels sideline.
"Half their roster looks different then when they started, and that's just an attest to constantly wanting to make your program better, and I understand that, we've got some changes too," he said.
"I'm a little bit different in the mindset that I want fewer changes, and I want to take the guys we have and improve them and develop them long-term. But (Westshore has) just another approach to take, which is adding guys for the short term."
Macauley says his team will be best prepared by putting the most focus into themselves.
"You've got to spend the time to honour the things that they've put on film out of their playbook," he said.
"The other side of it is, the more different they do, the more we just need to be focused on ourselves. And that's really our motto the whole year - worry about ourselves. We take care of our job, and it doesn't really matter who we're playing or what they're doing."
Sun running back Robbie Rodrigues says he's confident his team won't get caught up in the story lines surrounding the game.
"I think we're ready to take them on wherever. All we've got to do is focus on ourselves, like we have this whole year," he said.
"I know they've got some studs - we've got some studs too. It's going to be a really good game, and I think we'll see the best out of a lot of our players."
Last year, the Rebels finished in first place, and hosted the Cullen Cup championship game, where they knocked off the Sun.
Kickoff at Westhill is 7 pm Saturday.