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September Game of the Month

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Saturday night will feature a battle of the BC Interior as the Okanagan Sun (5-2) travel to Kamloops to take on the Broncos (2-4-1) in a rematch of Week 4 in the BC Football Conference.  The game is the first of two Games of the Month presented by Intersync Video Productions.

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This will be the first game for the Sun following an arbitrator upholding the BCFC’s decision to overturn their Week 1 victory over Valley due to an ineligible player.  This decision put three teams in a three way tie for first place.

Back in Week 4 the Broncos started strong in the first half and led at half time 8-2, keeping the Sun offense out of the end zone.  However in the second half, the Sun scored 21 unanswered points and won 23-8.  Much of the success for the Broncos in that game was on the shoulders of running back Jacob Palmarin.  On the season he has 80 rushes for 436 yards and three touchdowns.  On average when he carries the ball he gives the Broncos 5.5 yards.  He will need to play a big role if the Broncos have any chance of beating the Sun for the first time in their franchise history.

When you look at the quarterback position on both teams, both starters have had up and down years.  Sun pivot Theo Deezar is 88 of 158 for 1342 yards, has 14 touchdown passes, but seven interceptions.  His pass efficiency rating is third best at 95%.

Steve Schuweiler for the Broncos, started the season on the bench, but as of late has played well.  He is the top rated efficiency passer at 98.8%, completing 52 of 82 for 903 yards.  He has seven touchdown passes, and six picks.  Head Coach Duncan Olthuis calls Schuweiler the Brett Favre of the BCFC with his “gun slinger” mentality.

The Sun defense has been the most consistent unit on the field allowing the fewest points in the conference; 128 through the first eight weeks.  Defensive back Robbie Yochim is among the conference leaders with four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.  The unit is a +12 in the takeaway/giveaway category and is led by the hard hitting safety Jack Rush.  He has 23 tackles, five knockdowns, a fumble recovery and three interceptions, two of which in Kamloops during Week 4.

The Broncos “D” has played better as of late, especially on their two game winning streak.  The Broncos play an “all or nothing” style, rushing eight players.   They have given up 229 points this season, but both Dane Douglas and Dan Orydzuk have four interceptions.  Their leader has been Braden McCarthy who has 31 tackles (second most in the conference), three sacks and a fumble recovery, which he got against the Sun.   During their Week 4 match up McCarthy recorded eight solo tackles.

Anytime a team from Kelowna and a team from Kamloops match up fireworks seem to happen.  The Sun they need to win to keep pace with the Rams and Raiders for first in the BCFC, while for the Broncos; it’s the biggest game in franchise history.  They have never beaten the Sun, and will a victory would be in the drive seat for a post season berth; something else they have never achieved.

This potential first round playoff match up, will kick off at Hillside Stadium is set for 7:00pm


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