Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn ( ISN )
September 29, 2012, Langford, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels lost for only the second time this season dropping a 41-7 decision to the 3rd place Langley Rams Saturday afternoon during BCFC Football action at newly renamed Westhills Stadium in Langford.
It was a showdown of two teams that may end up head-tohead again in the postseason as the Rebels, riding a 6 game winning streak, had something to prove coming into the game against the 5-1-1 Langley Rams. The Rams, coming off a loss to the first place V.I. Raiders, fell to 3rd place in the BCFC last week when the Rebels defeated the Chilliwack Huskers. For the Rams, a loss to the Rebels Saturday could have guaranteed a 3rd place finish and a rematch in the playoffs against the team that beat them the weekend prior.
The Rebels Cat Todorovich goes up to make a catch in double coverage Saturday against Langley – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
With all makings of an early playoff game, the Rebels appeared revved up to make it 7 straight wins as their defensive unit, led by Rebels #35 Chris Pastro, would set the tone, opening the game with some crushing Rebels hits on the Rams offensive unit. After the Rebels wisely conceded the 2 point safety to start the game, the Rebels defense would give the explosive Rams offense all they could handle, holding them to a first quarter of “three down and out” football and a meager 0-5 lead for the Rams. Starting QB Mark Black, showing confidence in his league leading rusher Greg Morris, would use him often looking for the big downfield gain.
Rebels Running Back Greg Morris would pass 1000 yards carried on the season against the Langley Rams Saturday – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Rams defense, obviously aware of the Rebels rushing weapon, would hold Morris to short gains most of the game. Morris would only need 58 yards to surpass the 1000 yard rushing mark on the season. Black would eventually free Morris in the 2nd quarter on a swing pass that allowed Morris to run for 60 yards to the end zone, for a Rebels touch down. The last half of the 2nd would be filled with penalty flags much to the ire of fans and both teams alike. The half would finish with the hometown Rebels trailing 21-7.
Rebels QB Mark Black would look to throw downfield for a hopeful receiver – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Rebels appeared to come out in the second half unsure how to solve Rams QB Cecil Belanger. With the Rebels offense unable to put together a sustained attack on the Rams, Belanger would start to control the tempo of the game. The Rams would take advantage of the tiring Rebels defense and open up a 34-7 lead with 10 minutes left in the game. The Rams Belanger would seal the win with a pass to Nick Downey for a 43-yard sideline run to the house for the final touchdown of the game.
Rebels QB Mark Black would be flushed from the pocket often forcing him to run the ball himself often as the Rams defense would negate the downfield receiver – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
With the loss, the Rebels fall back to 3rd place with 2 more games left in the season.
Next Rebels Game: @ Kamloops, Oct 6th, 2012.