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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.

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.

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.

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.


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 )