Rebels Fall to Raiders in Season Opener

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Story by Jai Rakic, Photos by Erich Eichhorn – ISN

Victoria, BC (ISN) – A thousand plus people packed into Bear Mountain Stadium on Saturday evening to watch the Westshore Rebels go head to head with six-time BC Football Conference champion Vancouver Island Raiders. The Raiders claimed victory over the Rebels in the BC Football Conference season opener, winning 44-14 in sweltering heat.

The Raiders opened up the scoring just under six minutes into the game when star quarterback Jordan Yantz found Whitman Tomusiak in the end zone for a touchdown, Raiders lead 7-0.

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Raiders star QB Jordan Yantz would throw for 3 touchdowns and run one in himself in a 44-14 thumping of the Westshore Rebels Saturday night at Bear Mountain Stadium– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

A few minutes later the Raiders increased their lead to 10 after Mark Mueller converted a field goal after the Rebels were penalized for unnecessary roughing. The Vancouver Island Raiders led the Westshore Rebels 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

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Raiders receiver Matt Swayer would pull down this “over-the-shoulder” catch to give the Raiders great field position– Erich Eichhorn image ( see more at www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Rebels managed to get themselves on the board five minutes before halftime after a rush play by quarterback Mark Black, but the Raiders quickly responded scoring two more touchdowns before the break, one by Yantz and one by Dustin Pederson,  to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.

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Vancouver Island Raiders receiver Matt Swayer pulls down the down field strike for major yardage against the Victoria Rebels– Erich Eichhorn image ( see more at www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Raiders ran away with the game in the second half as Yants threw two more touchdown passes to make it four on the day and Mueller converted a couple of additional field goals to round out the Raider scoring.

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Raiders Colton Farago puts the stick on Greg Morris. Morris would be in company of three or more Raider tacklers at a time most of the game– Erich Eichhorn image ( see more at www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Rebels managed another touchdown towards the end of the third quarter, but were unable to get themselves back in the game. The match ended 44-14 in favour of the visiting Raiders side.

 

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Rebels Greg Morris is knocked of his feet with a punishing hit by Raiders DB Erling Skuggedal seen behind. Raiders #46 Elliot Jones would make sure he stays down – Erich Eichhorn image ( see more at www.allsportmedia.ca )

 

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