Kelowna (Okanagan Sun) – The Okanagan Sun continued their dominance over the Valley Huskers on Saturday night with a 66-3 victory, winning their fifth straight to start the season.
On their first possession, Josiah Joseph led the offence 64 yards on six plays for the opening score as Dillon Fortune scampered in from 11 yards, setting the tone of the game.
Just 10 seconds later on the ensuing kick-off Keagan Hughes hammered the Huskers returner, jarring the ball loose. Tyler Geisler picked it up and ran it back 17 yards for a touchdown to give the home side a 14-0 lead.
In all Fortune finished the first half with eight carries for 66 yards, as the Sun as a team collected 183 yards on the ground in the first half alone.
Joseph was very accurate in the first half, finishing 11 of 12 for 171 yards and a three yard touchdown strike to Kyle Patchell.
Meanwhile the Sun defence was stellar once again, allowing 23 yards in the first half and 14 yards through the air. They got on the scoreboard as well when Raquille Cespedes intercepted a pass and returned it 47 yards for a pick six with 1:19 remaining in the first half.
Also in the second quarter rookie quarterback Keith Zyla hit a streaking Terrance Williams for a 57 yard touchdown bomb. It was both players first touchdown of their junior careers.
Braden Mann got in on the act with his first touchdown of the season, blasting his way in from two yards out.
In the second half Joseph threw two more touchdown passes, as Patchell caught his second and Pierre Luc-Lord hauled in a TD from 23 yards out.
Joseph finished 15 of 18 for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Zyla was 2 of 6 for 105 yards and a major.
The ground attack compiled 279 yards, led by Fortune’s 89 yards. Fortune, Mann and Abdi-Nasier Abdi scored rushing touchdowns.
The Huskers offence had no answer for the Sun “D” finishing with 71 yards on the ground and 63 through the air. They recorded just six first downs in the game, five of which coming in the second half. The only points they scored was a 32 yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter.
In the two game regular season series the Sun have outscored the Huskers 130-3
The Sun (5-0) have won 28 of the 29 meetings all time with the Huskers.
The Huskers have ne more game in this four game road trip, a trip to the Island for next Saturday’s tilt with the Vancouver Island Raiders at Caladonia Park in Nanaimo.