Wesetshore Rebels at Okanagan Sun

Okanagan Sun ball carrier Tyson Mastrodimos tries to break through the Westshore Rebels defence at the Apple Bowl on Saturday.

A late touchdown made it close, but two missed field goals earlier meant it didn’t matter in the Okanagan Sun’s 16-13 loss to the Westshore Rebels on Saturday night at the Apple Bowl.

The loss was the 2-1 Sun’s first this season in the B.C. Football Conference while the Rebels improved to 3-0.

It was a grind-it-out football game that featured good running and good defence, but too many mistakes almost everywhere else.

Kelton Kouri rushed six times for 96 yards — including a 64-yarder that looked to change the game in the second half. Two plays later, though, the Sun nearly fumbled the ball away on a bobbled hand-off attempt and had to settle for a field goal.

Malcolm Miller caught two passes for 57 yards, one of which he turned into that late TD. He also rushed four times for 13 yards.

Miller’s 41-yard score came with the Sun trailing 16-7 with just a few minutes remaining. The Rebels stopped the Sun’s two-point conversion and the ensuing on-side kick.

Finding a starting quarterback remains a work in progress.

Alex Douglas was 8-for-18 for 126 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Ethan Newman was 7-for-13 for 46 yards and an INT of his own.

Newman also attempted a lateral pass that missed Miller and landed in the end zone, where Rebels’ Kieran Benedito de Barros landed on it for a score.

Sun kicker Isaac Wegner kicked two singles and a field goal, but also missed twice.

Kyle Clarke of the Rebels was essentially the difference. He kicked three field goals and one conversion.

The Sun defence also forced a safety to account for the remainder of their scoring.

Okanagan will look to rebound on Saturday with a trip to Nanaimo to face the Vancouver Island Raiders for a difficult 3 p.m. start.

V.I. earned its first win of the season thanks to a 47-17 victory over the Kamloops Broncos.

Elsewhere in the BCFC on the weekend, the Langley Rams remained the team to beat after a 38-10 win over the Valley Huskers (0-3).