Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
September 22, 2013 Victoria, B.C. (ISN) The Westshore Rebels fell to Vancouver Island Raiders 54-14 Saturday night at Westhills Stadium in an evening British Columbia Football tilt.
The house of cards fell for the “always-game” Westshore Rebels season Saturday as they were soundly defeated by their up island competition, the red-hot Vancouver Island Raiders. It was a must win situation for the Rebels, who, sitting in the cellar of the standings, still had a mathematical chance of a playoff berth with only three games remaining. Two of those final games to be played against the Raiders in home and home matches.
Rebels Johnny Quan lays out to looking for the reception before Raiders Arthur Fabbro make the hit – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Raiders Dylan Schrot takes off with the ball before DB Braeden Swartez can get a glove on him. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Westshore Rebels (1-6), with a depleted roster, put the ball in the hands of their QB Hunter Lake looking for the magic to lift them over the 5-2 Raiders. Lake, leading his team in both passing yards (1159 yds.) and rushing (244 yds.), would force the Raiders hand early in the game, backing them up on their first possession with an impressive drive that would see the Rebels unable to convert. Jordan Rodinsky , voted the Rebels MVP of the game, would prove invaluable for the Rebels in the half, finding running room through a sluggish Raiders defense, to help his team move the ball downfield against the otherwise hard hitting defense of the Raiders. Lake would complete his first 12 passes for about 165 yards.
Reciever Eric Eggleston shivs off tackler Arthur Fabbro with a straight arm – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Rebels DB Curtis Parker is fired up after a crushing hit – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Raiders offense, with QB Jamie Ybarra behind center, would open the scoring in the game with a field goal and a 75 yard punt return by Whitman Tomusiak. Tomusiak would score two touchdowns on the night. The Rebels putting up good fight in the early going would find the scoreboard on a Nick Spindor TD catch, after a 60-yard toss to Jordan Rodinsky by Lake. The Raiders would prove relentless though, putting the home team on the ropes by half time, opening up a 40-6 lead at the half, scoring 21 unanswered points in about a three minute time span.
Rebels Pastro and Cavilla team up to put the brakes on a Mikhail Maloff run – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Rebels found themselves, coming into the game with a personnel shortage, in further trouble as injuries continue to plague the Westshore Rebels. Tyson Morison sits out the second half with an apparent injury – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Raiders, sluggish in the first half of the season, have found their playoff stride of late, putting together an impressive string of four straight wins. Most recently a 41-27 win over the defending BCFC champion Langley Rams, in Naniamo, last weekend. At this late stage in the season no team is without injuries. The Raiders too, came to Victoria with changes in their roster. Last weekend, Raiders star running back Ashton Galloway, injured in the game against the Rams, was forced to take to the sidelines, changing the Raiders complexion slightly, relying on Andrew Deleon to carry the rock in his place.
QB Hunter Lake looks through a marauding Raiders defense for a receiver downfield. Lake would throw for almost 200 yards before being sidelined with an injury – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Raiders RB Andrew Deleon saw more touches with the ball in the absence of the injured Ashton Galloway. The Rebels would fall 54-14 to the VI Raiders Saturday at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The second half for the Rebels was more about pride and warrior spirit. Rebels QB Lake, adding to the Rebels injured list, would sit out much of the second half with an injury of his own after going 15-27 in passing for a total of 208 yards and two touchdowns. Without a head hung low, on the field or on the sidelines, Kearse’s Rebels battled valiantly in front of an imported raucous Raiders fan section. Raider’s Ybarra would take a seat in the third quarter, giving control to back up QB Jaeden Marwick. Marwick, impressive in his own right, would help add another two touchdowns in the second half to put his team up 54-6 on a pair of touchdowns by Ariel Fabbro. With the injury to Hunter Lake, Coach Kearse would activate Mark Black to weather the Raiders storm. Black would go 3-5 for 15 yards to close out the night, taking to the locker room a 54-14 loss. The Raiders improve to 6-2 on the season, setting on a collision course with the Langley Rams next weekend in an away game at McLeod Field for what may decide first place this season.
The Rebels final home game will be next Saturday, September 28th against the Kamloops Broncos. The Rebels will be hosting an Alumni night in celebration of its past players.
Come on out and enjoy the final home game of the Rebels season!