Ethan Newman

Quarterback Ethan Newman rolls out during Okanagan Sun practice on Thursday night at their practice field near the Apple Bowl.

Coach Jamie Boreham kicked a set of shoulder pads from his path as practice concluded on Thursday night near the Apple Bowl.

It seemed he wasn’t happy with how things were going two days before he makes his head coaching debut with the Okanagan Sun.

“Hey, how are you?” he says, smiling.

Good, how are you?

“I’m good,” he says.

Really? Because it didn’t look like it just a second ago. Nah, the affable — if not reserved — rookie bench boss says.

It’s all good. OK, great, so lets talk about Saturday night against the Kamloops Broncos. Does he know, yet, who will be his starting quarterback in the B.C. Football Conference season opener?

“I do,” he said.

And … OK, so it’s going to be one of those interviews.

Well, it’s not like he’s yelling and screaming — or kicking shoulder pads at the media — it just appears that Boreham’s style will be a little more tight-lipped than other coaches.

His answers are general, because this is about the only time you can keep anything to yourself, he said.

“We’re just being us. We’re trying to just be low key, be true to us. Be accountable on and off the field,” he added. “We’re kind of resetting who we are and trying to be the best version of who we can be.”

While he won’t disclose his starting QB, the job appears to be between Saskatoon Hilltops transfer Ethan Newman and Toronto’s Alex Douglas; they could even split time.

The players don’t seem to be too worried.

Third-year receiver Javen Kaechele said he can’t describe the excitement level on the Sun sideline.

“Ten outta 10,” he says. “I’m really excited to get back on the field and start hitting people.”

The five-foot-nine, 175-pound Calgary native said fans can expect a hungry squad when they face Kamloops at home on Saturday night.

Fans can also expect a team that’s playing for each other as opposed to playing for themselves, which he suggested might have been part of the problem last season.

The Sun struggled early, made a late run to the top of the standings, but lost 39-7 to the Langley Rams in the championship game.

“This year, it’s much more of a team atmosphere,” he said. “It’s much more like a family, I’d say.”

Tyler Going said the Sun will not let other teams beat them to the punch.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound Okotoks, Alta., native said the coaching staff is constantly harping on players to respect the details.

“We definitely have a way harder working team,” the third-year linebacker said of this year’s squad.

“(Coach is) always on our backs to be the hardest working team and be the most conditioned,” Going said. “I feel like that’s something we’ve been relying on, and will be this whole season.”

As for the Broncos, it’s anyone’s guess. The team went 0-10 last season, but have a new coach in Rob Ellis and convinced quarterback Nick Nica to transfer from the Valley Huskers.

“We don’t take them lightly,” Kaechele said. “They’re a team that almost came in here and beat us last year at home. It’s a new year, it’s a new team for them as well. We can’t take them lightly.”

Game time on Saturday night at the Apple Bowl is 7 p.m.


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