Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
August 18, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels fell to the highflying Langley Rams of the BCFC Saturday at Westhills Stadium by a stiff margin, loosing 58-20 in an afternoon matinee game in front of over 200 fans.
The Westshore Rebels, showing signs of better things to come after a great outing by their newly-found QB Hunter Lake, against the Okanagan Sun last weekend, were hoping to build on their success against the first place Langley Rams. The Rebels, with a depleted roster are 0-4, and still looking for that elusive first win of the season.
Rebels reciever Eric Eggleston splits the Rams defense but can’t complete the reception – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Rebels defense, setting the tone early, would the hold the Rams to a single and a field goal to open the game before Rebels Nils Goguen would break loose for a 76 yard scamper to the Rams end zone for the major. The Rams would reply on the following kickoff as Rams returner Ryan MacDonald would run the ball back 95 yards for the Rams first touchdown. Rams would add a safety to cap the first quarter.
Rebels #1 Emanuel Juma is tripped up before getting into the endzone – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Rebels defensive core would keep the game close, helping QB Lake, not finding the same success as last weeks outing, forcing his team’s defense to take the field more frequently than Rebels coach Time Kearse would have liked.
The Westshore Rebels QB Hunter Lake would start slow out of the gates, but shine in the second half on 20-34 passing for 250 yards. He would add another 75 on the ground rushing – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
“Too many chances for them (the Rams) on the field”, coach Kearse would note. ” Our defense, at some point, is going to get tired. We’re already undermanned up front, and if they have to go out for three or four series like that, it’s trouble.”
The Langley Rams would run away with the game in the second quarter as Ram’s QB Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren scampers for a 65 yards on the afternoon. Rebels DB Mitch Ottosen chases him down – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
After a solid first quarter, the Rebels imploded defensively as QB Jahlani Glbert-Knorren and his Rams team would find their game, exploding for an additional 31 points in the second quarter, rocking Westshore to take a commanding 44-7 point lead in to the locker room.
Rebels Chris Pastro and Curtis Parker combine to slow up Rams running back Nathan Lund – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Rebels began to show some life in the second half, as Lake, using his legs, would run up an impressive 75 yards on the ground to give his Rebels some fight. Chris Pastro would be ejected in the third quarter after a late hit on Rams QB Gilbert-Knorren. The Langley QB would be forced to leave the game with 4 touchdown passes on the afternoon.
DB Curtis Parker slips past the tackle of Nick Stoyeff – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Rebels QB Lake, with another impressive outing, would finish the game with 330 yards on 20-34 passing, with 250 of those yards coming in the second half of the game. Rebels receivers Eric Eggleston and Terry Houngbu-Gody would be on the top of Lakes receiving core, catching for 101 and 83 yards respectively.
Rebels DB Brandon Dugaro denies the Rams a touchdown on the play, helping the on field officials with the decision – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
When asked if there was any concern of the agile Lake getting injured running the ball as much as he does and taking the its, Rebels coach Tim Kearse would add, ” Obviously you don’t want him to get hurt, have it happen, but in the in the same token the kid is a football player, and he is going to go out and play football. He’s a tough competitor and he gives us a chance.”
Rebels reciever Eric Eggleston looks for extra yards after the catch. Eggleston would catch for 101 yards on the afternoon – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
On paper, the Rebels would best the Rams with 418 total yards offense compared the Rams 410 yard performance, but most of those Rebel yards would come in the second half with the game already out of reach.
OL Carlos Cerrato-Heibert comes out of the locker room with a statement for ISN – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Rebels now go into a much needed bye weekend to nurse some injuries and prepare for their next game away August 31 against the 2-1-1 Chilliwack Valley Huskers.
Westshore Rebels would fall 58-20 to the Langley Rams Saturday afternoon at Westhills Stadium. Rebels Jacob Junker knocks down this otherwise almost certain Rams reception. Rebels fall 0-4 on the season – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Rams running back Jordan Traversy celebrates after breaking a sideline tackle and running 34 yards down the line for one of his two touchdowns on the afternoon – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )