The Okanagan Sun overwhelmed the Westshore Rebels 62-6 in the Island club’s B.C. Football Conference 2021 season opener Saturday. The theme was set from the opening kick-off, which the Sun returned for a touchdown.
Westshore was ranked No. 3 nationally in the Canadian Junior Football League pre-season poll behind the Saskatoon Hilltops and Regina Thunder. The Sun were ranked No. 8.
The Okanagan team, which led 14-0 after the first quarter and 32-0 at the half, scored every which way against the Rebels including on a safety and a 65-yard punt return by Michael O’Shea.
Sun quarterback Dom Brittion threw three touchdown passes to wide-receiver O’Shea while tail-back Malcolm Miller ran 65 yards for another major. The Sun led 62-0 before a late Rebels touchdown avoided the shutout.
It was a Sun home game but played in Chilliwack, and not at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna, due to the COVID restrictions in the Okanagan.
The Sun, which defeated the Fraser Valley Huskers 39-8 in its opener last weekend, moved to 2-0.
The Rebels open at home next Saturday against the Valley Huskers at 4 p.m. at Starlight Stadium in Langford.
Meanwhile, the nationally ninth-ranked Vancouver Island Raiders opened their BCFC season on Saturday at Nanaimo District Secondary School field with a 22-1 loss against the visiting Langley Rams. The Raiders play the Kamloops Broncos next Sunday in Chilliwack.