The Valley Huskers likely came into the Apple Bowl Saturday afternoon feeling confident after scoring 62 points the previous week against the VI Raiders.
No doubt the Huskers knew the Sun defence was a different animal and it was in limiting the potent Huskers offence to 236 net yards.
Okanagan Sun defensive back Kemarr Bishop (Rundle College-Calgary) had a big night in the secondary for his club with 2 tackles, an assisted tackle, 1 pass knockdown and 2 interceptions to earn defensive player of the week honours.
Defensive Line-Okanagan Sun
Scarborough Thunder grad Kelon Thomas has been a dominating force on the defensive line for the Okanagan Sun all season. This week he picks up his 2nd defensive player of the week nod following the Sun’s 34-31 win on the road over the Westshore Rebels.
2.5 sacks to go along with 2 tackles and an assisted tackle. A good nights work that kept Rebels quarterback Te Jessie on his heels in this one.
The Valley Huskers travelled to Langley to take on their Fraser Valley rivals in a game that would go a long way to cinching their play-off homes while also putting a nail in the post season aspirations of the Rams.
GW Graham (Chilliwack) grad Jaiden Claasen played a hard nose role in this one, racking up 7 tackles and an assist. Claasen, along with the rest of his team mates made life miserable for the Rams offence as the Huskers came out on top 23-22 to move to 4-2 while dropping the Rams to 2-4
Defensive Back-Westshore Rebels
Westshore Rebels defensive back De’Von Young (West Kildonan Collegiate-Winnipeg) did pretty much everything defensively for his club in a 49-7 win over the Kamloops Broncos Saturday night.
The Westshore defence limited Kamloops to 265 net yards and Young was a key part in that with 4 tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 2 pass knockdowns and an interception on the day.
Defensive Back-Prince George Kodiaks
One of the major player signings for the expansion Prince George Kodiaks was defensive back Keon Raymond (Centennial High School-Calgary) who made the move to the city with his dad, Kodiaks head coach Keon Raymond senior
Junior had a huge night in the secondary as the Kodiaks won the first game in franchise history, 28-20 over a tough Valley Huskers team. He made plays all over the field with 3 tackles, 2 pass knockdowns, an interception that he returned 70 yards for a touchdown. He even managed a quarterback sack.
Defensive Back-Kamloops Broncos
In a night of several solid defensive performances, Kamloops Broncos defensive back Keegan Curtis (Winston Knoll Collegiate-Regina) stood out with 3 tackles and a pair of interceptions in the Broncos massive road win in Nanaimo against the VI Raiders this past weekend.
The Broncos defence has proven to be one of the stingiest in the BCFC this season and the prairie bred Curtis is one of the leaders for the Broncos.
Defensive Line-Westshore Rebels
Tarick Polius (West Toronto Prep School) is an absolute monster on the Westshore Rebels defensive line at 6’7 and 300 pounds. That’s big for the CFL, imagine what opposing lineman in the CJFL think when they look up.
He provided little opportunity for the Raiders running backs Saturday night and no doubt had QB Ben Chomolok’s attention as he tallied 4 tackles, 2 assists and 1.5 sacks.
Sun quarterback Dom Britton will no doubt be looking for the location of #97 when the undefeated Westshore Rebels & Okanagan Sun battle Saturday night on Telus channel 1999.
The CJFL allows 2 “designated international” players on each roster and while these spots are generally coveted for American players recruited to BCFC rosters, Onyeahmenu is an exception.
Maurice is an international student from Nigeria studying Human Resources at TRU in Kamloops and had never played football before suiting up for the Broncos. The sheer size of Onyeahmenu had him catch the eye of Broncos head coach Braden Vankoughnett who convinced him to trade in the soccer ball for the pigskin last season.
Maurice was a force for his club in a 14-7 season opening loss to the VI Raiders Saturday night but clearly the Broncos defence will be real this year with Onyeahmenu in the front 7. 10 solo tackles on the night...impressive
Kelon Thomas was one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the BCFC in 2022 and picked up right where he left off in his club’s 50-19 rout of the VI Raiders in Nanaimo Saturday night.
The Scarborough Thunder grad made life miserable for the Raiders QB as he was always around the ball with 5 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass knockdown for the the Sun.
Opposing quarterbacks will be looking for #9 before the ball snaps this season.