The Okanagan Sun had a great regular season and now find themselves in the league finals. Playing out of the British Columbia Football Conference, the Sun are home to four Portage players, all being rookies. Running back Kaiden Banfield says his first season has gone quite well so far.

"It felt good. The competition here is a lot better than anything I've played against before, which is good," Banfield explains. "Overall, it's made me a way better player so far. It's a lot of fun playing against the better competition here."

Banfield was the lone Portage rookie to see the field regularly this season and put up impressive statistics in a limited role. The backup running back accumulated 149 rushing yards in 26 attempts while adding 59 yards on his one reception this season. Banfield also found the endzone three times during the year and played consistently with the special teams' units.

The running back says the most unique thing about this team is the collective winning mentality. He says every player is on the same page and wants to win it all more than anything else, noting he hasn't experienced that before. Banfield adds he's happy with what he has accomplished so far this year but knows he still has much further he can go.

"My main goal for this offseason is to get faster and stronger," says Banfield. "I want to hit the gym and the field every day to get ready for next year."

The Sun won their first playoff game of the season quite handily, with the final score being 33-0. Banfield says this weekend's matchup, with the Langley Rams, will be much more competitive.

"We just want to do whatever we can to win this game," Banfield says. "This is going to be a battle of the defences. They have a really good defence, and we do too, so whichever offence can have a better night is going to win."

Banfield, and the rest of the Sun's roster, will be looking to capture the BCFC Championship on Saturday at 2:00