Cullen Cup Semi-Final: Langley Rams at VI Raiders

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Saturday, October 17 – Caledonia Park

Kickoff at 1PM

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Photo Credit: Troy Landreville/Langley Advance

In the other Cullen Cup semi-final, the number two ranked Vancouver Island Raiders (7-3) get the home field advantage as they host the number three ranked Langley Rams (6-4) for a chance to make the Cullen Cup Final.

The Raiders concluded their regular season with a 38-9 victory over the Valley Huskers and will look to out-edge the Rams in their upcoming tilt. During the regular season, Dexter Shea and Cole Virtanen proved they were the guys to beat on the field after ranking second and third, respectively, in the conference in tackles and receiving BCFC Defensive All-Star honours. Shea finished the season with 38 tackles, two knockdowns, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, while Virtanen finished with 31 tackles, six knockdowns, one forced fumble, and five picks. On offence, look for quarterback Liam O’Brien to lead the team after completing 128-of-204 passes for 2089 yards and 20 touchdowns during the regular season, with Dustin Rodriguez and Arthur Fabbro as his favourite targets.

The Rams are also coming into the semi-final on a high note after a 35-23 win over the Westshore Rebels and look to claim their first victory over the Raiders this season. The Rams had several BCFC all-stars this season, including Brock Gowanlock (17 tackles, 5 assists, 13.5 sacks, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown, 2 forced fumbles) and Alex Agnoletto (30 tackles, 11 assists, 4 sacks, 1 interception). On offence, Nathan Lund also racked up BCFC Offensive All-Star honours after finishing second in the conference with 74 carries for 621 yards and five touchdowns to wrap up the season. On special teams, look for kickoff return specialist and defensive back John Beckerleg to do some work after ranking first in the league in kickoff returns with 14 returns for 456 yards, averaging 32.6 yards per return. On defence, Beckerleg also received All-Star honours for the second consecutive year after amassing 16 tackles, 4 assists, 1 knockdown, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception during the season.

In their two meetings this season, the VI Raiders swept the series by a combined score of 46-32. Can the Rams prove that they’re a different team, or will the Raiders punch a ticket to the Cullen Cup Final? Tune in this week to find out!

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Langley Rams vs. Okanagan Sun – BCFC Week 4 Preview

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Saturday, August 15 – Apple Bowl

Kickoff at 7PM

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Photo Credit: Ken Reid/GreyStoke Photography

After a successful 52-0 shutout against the Valley Huskers, the Langley Rams (2-1) head to Kelowna to face the undefeated Okanagan Sun (3-0) in a rematch of the 2014 BCFC Cullen Cup championship game.

The Rams are looking like a strong offensive unit this season, led by running back Nathan Lund who rushed 145 yards on seven carries for a pair of touchdowns last week. Most impressively, the Rams scoring was spread across a myriad of running backs and receivers, with Devin Logan and Jason Patko each rumbling for a score. Other touchdowns were scored by first year receivers Seye Akinsanmi and Bobby Pospischil, the latter who led the team with four receptions for 96 yards. On the other side of the ball, the defence was extremely effective, containing the Huskers to only nine yards of rushing. Jesse Cervas recovered a fumble for a score, while Brock Gowanlock and Shaiheem Charles-Brown both recorded a pair of sacks.

Last week, the Sun recorded 396 yards of net offence but had to rely on kicker Thomas Huber five times to finish drives in their 27-3 win over the Raiders. The lone touchdown scored by the team was thrown by Cam Bedore to Kyle Patchell, who had five receptions for 89 yards, while former SFU receiver Kyle Kawamoto led the team in receptions, recording four catches for 105 yards. On defence, the Sun effectively contained the Raiders quarterback, collecting ten sacks with Ryley Butler and Lucas Machado recording three and two, respectively.

Will the Rams be able to battle a dangerous Sun defence to hand the team their first loss of the season, or will they maintain their winning streak? Tune in this week to find out!

Other games this week (all games on Saturday, August 15):

Valley Huskers @ Westshore Rebels – 3 pm at Westhills Stadium

Kamloops Broncos @ Vancouver Island Raiders – 4 pm at Caledonia Park

LANGLEY RAMS VS. VANCOUVER ISLAND RAIDERS – BCFC WEEK 1 PREVIEW

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Saturday, July 25 – Caledonia Park

Kickoff at 4PM

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Photo Credit: Troy Landreville

After a long offseason, the 2015 BCFC season is set to kick off this Saturday beginning with the Langley Rams taking on the Vancouver Island Raiders at Caledonia Park.

The Rams, who were last year’s Cullen Cup winners, look to get back in the Canadian Bowl again this year after losing 39-14 to the Saskatoon Hilltops in last year’s Canadian Bowl and won’t go down without a fight this season. Although the Rams lost leading scorer Daniel English in the offseason to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a key player for the team will be Nathan Lund, who scored seven touchdowns in the 2014 regular season and rushed 51 times for for 411 yards. Lund has also been taking reps at the BC Lions training facility with fellow Rams players Anthony Daley and John Beckerleg as they prepare themselves for their first game of the season.

The Raiders, who lost 2014 Wally Buono award winner Dylan Chapdelaine and 2014 CJFL leading receiver Marshall Cook, will need to depend on a new crop of up-and-comers against a Rams team looking to start the season off with a bang. With the addition of new head coach Jerome Erdman, who has been a big part of the Team BC program, fans can expect positive changes this season with the Raiders. Several players to look out for include linebacker Dexter Shea, who the Raiders will look to fill Chapdelaine’s starting spot, and Alex Kutra, who was second to Cook in receiving last season, scoring eight touchdowns on 25 touches for 563 yards in his 2014 campaign.

Last season, the Rams and the Raiders met three times, with the home team taking the win each time. Will the Raiders be able to seal the win against the defending Cullen Cup champions on home turf? Tune in and find out!

Other games this week (all games on Saturday, July 25th):

Westshore Rebels @ Okanagan Sun – 7 pm at Apple Bowl

Kamloops Broncos @ Valley Huskers – 7 pm at Exhibition Stadium

“Where are they now?” Senior Bowl series – Nathan Lund

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With just days left before the start of the 2015 Senior Bowl camp, I had a chance to interview yet another Senior Bowl alumnus. This time it was Nathan Lund, a Centennial Centaurs alumnus and a running back for the Langley Rams.

Nathan, who recently wrapped up his second season with the Rams, also has fond memories of the Senior Bowl.

“Senior Bowl was really good for me. It was a good experience because my last year wasn’t really a good year for my school team,” Lund recalls. “[Since I was] playing with the best of the best of the high school players, I was looking to get more competition, more looks, and run a lot more offence than I did when I played for my high school team.”

Nathan did end up showing his potential in the 2013 Senior Bowl game with the highlight being a kickoff return for a touchdown – a play he cites as his most memorable Senior Bowl moment.

“I was running down the sideline along the open field… My brother and cousins were on the other side of field in the bleachers, and when I ran in for the touchdown, I pointed at them and they cheered,” he laughs while recalling the excitement his family showed at the game.

Although Nathan had a great showing at the Senior Bowl, he didn’t always have the chance to show his skills at the camp.

“I was all over the place. I wanted to play running back, got moved to defense and then moved back to offence. I was one of the ones that was behind most of the time, so I had to work hard for my spot,” he recalls.

“That work motivated me to not think about what other people think and try and just be the best I can be. [Since that game], I’ve thought about that every time I play.”

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Since then, Nathan has taken this important lesson to heart and even got an invite to the BC Lions rookie camp last year. He was one of the youngest players at the camp at 19 years old.

So, what’s currently on Nathan’s plate during the off-season?

Nathan was invited to the BC Lions’ evaluation camp happening on May 3rd. If the coaches like what they see, he will be able to attend the rookie camp this year again. We’re excited to see what an impact the Senior Bowl had on a player like Nathan, who is making waves at such a young age. Best of luck at the camp, Nathan!

 

Feeling inspired to watch this year’s Senior Bowl Game? You can catch this year’s Senior Bowl game at McLeod Stadium (Langley) on Saturday, March 21st at 11am!

CJFL CANADIAN BOWL: Langley Rams look to avenge 2012 Canadian Bowl loss to Saskatoon Hilltops

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Saturday, November 8 – McLeod Stadium

Kickoff at 1 PM

Game broadcast at http://www.langleyrams.com (PPV)

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The Langley Rams will be hosting the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Canadian Bowl for the second time in three seasons, welcoming the Saskatoon Hilltops to McLeod Stadium. The last time the Rams hosted the Canadian Bowl was two years ago against the Hilltops, where they lost 23-21 in a heartbreaking game. This time around, the Rams will look to avenge their loss at McLeod Stadium.

For the Rams, Nathan Lund will be a player to watch. Lund received the Offensive Player of the Game honours in the recent Cullen Cup win with 17 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns, one of which came in the final minute of play to help the Rams in their 23-19 upset win over the Okanagan Sun. Like they did in 2012, the Rams will be starting a freshman quarterback in Jordan McCarty, who started in the second half of Week 7 following an injury to starting quarterback Dylan Tucker. McCarty has proved his ability to play in tough situations finishing with 62 completions for 1,021 yards and ten touchdown passes. In his two BCFC playoff games, he averaged 231 yards and also threw three touchdown passes showing his ability to play with composure. The Rams will have 13 returnees from the 2012 matchup, most notably Malcolm Williams, who was the 2012 BCFC rookie of the year.

On the other hand, the Hilltops will be returning ten players who played in Langley in 2012. Quarterback Jared Andreychuck is one of these players, and will be playing his second Canadian Bowl in three years. Andreychuck rushed 42 times for 342 yards in the regular season and completed 31-of-50 passes for 539 yards and seven touchdowns in the playoffs. The Rams will have to be aware of his mobility and contain his running plays in the Canadian Bowl game. Andreychuck’s favourite target will likely be Davis Mitchell, who caught nine passes for 109 yards and tow touchdowns in their Prairie Football Conference Championship game against the Calgary Colts. Defensively, the Hilltops created six turnovers in that win over the Colts and will look to pick any mistakes that the Rams might make in the championship game.

The Rams will be looking to win their first ever national championship, while the Hilltops will be vying for their 17th national title. The last time any team from the BC Football Conference won the Canadian Bowl was in 2009 when the Vancouver Island Raiders took the title.

BCFC CULLEN CUP CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: LANGLEY RAMS VS. OKANAGAN SUN

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Sunday, October 26 – Apple Bowl

Kickoff at 1 PM

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The BC Football Conference (BCFC) Cullen Cup title is on the line this Sunday when the Langley Rams visit the Okanagan Sun at the Apple Bowl in a matchup of the top two teams in the conference.

After a convincing 47-16 win against the Vancouver Island Raiders in the semi-final, the Sun, who finished in first place in the regular season standings, will look to knock off a Rams team that has consistently found themselves in the title picture for the past few seasons. In their win, the Sun showed their strong passing and running game, as they finished with 243 yards through the air and 233 on the ground. Several players to look out for will be BCFC rushing leader Alex Bradley, who carried eight times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, and Cam Bedore, who went 12-of-18 for 226 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Thomas Huber and Lerone Robinson. Defensively, the Sun recorded six turnovers and seven sacks with Zac Ironstand leading the way with three sacks.

On the other hand, the Rams weren’t as dominant in last week’s semi-final winning by a slim 48-46 score against the Kamloops Broncos. The Rams were led by Nathan Lund, who carried 15 times for 185 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Jordan McCarty who only completed eight passes but collected 232 yards, threw three touchdowns, and rushed for a score.

In their matchups this season, the Rams handed the Sun their only loss this year back in August with a 33-20 win. However, in their latest matchup in late September, the Sun defeated the Rams 37-20. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Rams have reached the Cullen Cup final, and they will look to beat the Sun when it counts the most.

LANGLEY RAMS VS. OKANAGAN SUN – BCFC WEEK 10 PREVIEW

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Sunday, September 28 – Apple Bowl

Kickoff at 1 PM

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Photo Credit: Blake Roberts, Okanagansun.ca

In a match-up of the top two teams in the league, the Langley Rams (6-2) will visit the Okanagan Sun (7-1) this week at the Apple Bowl in a potential Cullen Cup championship preview.

With the season series tied at 1-1 win apiece, this game has major playoff implications for first place. The top-seeded team will have the home turf advantage throughout the playoffs.

Nathan Lund will be a key offensive player for the Rams. Last week against the VI Raiders, Lund was able to show his versatility by scoring three touchdowns, one of them through the air.

For the Sun, Robbie Yochim will be a player to watch. Yochim recently broke the Canadian Junior Football League record for punt returns for touchdowns in a game, returning three punts for touchdowns in last week’s game against the Westshore Rebels.

Other games this week:

Westshore Rebels at Valley Huskers – 1 pm, Exhibition Stadium

VI Raiders at Kamloops Broncos – 7 pm, Hillside Stadium