August 30, 2015
The Okanagan Sun are a very good football team, they are now 6-0 after handing the Rams a 52-10 defeat today in Langley and are on top of the world after six weeks of the BCFC regular season, their coaching staff cheered in their end of McLeod Park Stadium shared press box every time the Sun scored, which was often, they are such a good team that no one can really blame them for cheering, or for them being anointed the BCFC Champions with four weeks to go in the season, or for them dusting off the spot in their clubhouse that hasn’t seen the Cullen Cup in over a decade… they are just that good.
As for now that cup sits in the Rams clubhouse, if the Langley squad is going to repeat as Cullen Cup Champions and win their third title in four years they will likely have to do it at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna, a place where the Rams have hoisted the Cup on three occasions in the past, including 2014 when they defeated the 9-1 Sun in the Championship game, a place where the Rams have won more road games than any team in BCFC History.
If the Rams are even going to get into the Cullen Cup game they are going to have to be on their best behavior the rest of the way because there is not a lot of wiggle room from the men in stripes when you are already the most penalized team in the league, unofficially the Rams were flagged 16 times for 180 penalty yards on Sunday.
A slow start by the Rams offense and 75 yards in penalties kept the Rams pinned in their own end for the entire first quarter, despite that the only scoring was a pair of Rams conceded safety’s and a punt single that gave the Sun a 5-0 lead after 15 minutes of play.
Kelowna moved the ball to the Rams 15 yard line early in the second but were stopped there and settled for a 22 yard field goal to make the score 8-0. The Rams took the ball on their own 35 and, with the best field position to start a drive up to that point, Dylan Tucker completed three passes to Bobby Pospischil that moved the ball all the way to the Sun 20 yard line, Tucker looked at Pospischil one too many times however and his next pass was picked off at the Sun 10 yard line and returned to mid field, but the Rams defensive unit bailed Tucker out and didn’t allow the Sun to take advantage of the turnover.
The Rams established better field position in the second and had the Sun hemmed in their own end of the field until late in the half when Tucker threw his second interception of the game, this one was also returned to mid field but a penalty tacked on for good measure put the Sun on the Rams 35, the Sun took advantage of the good field position this time and scored with 23 seconds left to take a 15-0 lead into the break.
The Rams got on the board two minutes into the third when Saeed Hosain Ali sacked and forced Sun quarterback Josiah Joseph to fumble the ball, Brock Gowanlock scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 40 yards for a touchdown to pull the Rams to within eight at 15-7.
The Rams next drive started on their own 10 yard line, a penalty negated a first down gained by a Tucker run and the Rams opted to punt from deep in their own end, Brian Hope had his punt blocked by the Sun and the loose ball was recovered for a touchdown to make the score 22-7 mid way through the third, and the Sun never looked back.
The final points of the game were scored by the Rams on the final play of the game, a 17 yard field goal by Brian Hope to make the final 52-10.
The Rams offense didn’t find the endzone on Sunday, and while penalties played a role they are still struggling to find their groove, unofficially Tucker completed 12 of 23 pass attempts for 147 yards with 2 interceptions, Pospischil was his favorite target with 7 catches for 86 yards. Nathan Lund was held to 26 yards rushing on 7 carries.
Defensively Brock Gowanlock increased his league leading sack total to 10 and had the fumble return TD, Ben Sharpe was all over it with six tackles and a pair of batted balls and Marcus Brown recorded 2 tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery.
The Sun scored four times in the final 15 or so minutes of the game, and each time the roar from the Sun coaches end of the press box got louder and louder, it’s all good tho, part of a rivalry that dates back 25 years between the two clubs, one could only assume that they consider it payback for the party the Rams staff had on the Apple Bowl field with the Cullen Cup last year.
Chris Swartz, MudMedia