Westshore Rebels Weather Storm to Win

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Story and Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

September 28th, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The sixth place Westshore Rebels survived torrential rains and a late surge by the Kamloops Broncos to pull out a 22-20 win Saturday afternoon in British Columbia Football Conference action at Westhills Stadium.

The Rebels (1-7), fighting the elements and a depleted roster, gave a “gut-check” performance for local fans that braved driving rains and wind, to watch their Rebels play against the fifth place Kamloops Broncos. The Westshore Rebels, with two regular season games in hand before yesterdays match, were looking to try and salvage an otherwise disappointing season with back to back wins against the Broncos, and next week against the Vancouver Island Raiders.

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#35 Chris Pastro, voted MVP of the game, takes down Kyle Haddow of the Broncos – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The visiting Broncos would open up the scoring with a 40-yard toss from starting QB Connor Whitelaw to RB Jacob Palmarin. The Rebels defensive unit would deny the Broncos the extra point. The Rebels would reply in the second frame on a hand off to Niles Goguen for a 4-yard stab into the end zone. In what may have been a prophetic, game-winning call by Rebels head coach Tim Kearse, his Rebels would elect to throw to an open Rodinsky in the back of the end zone to convert for the extra point.

With time running out in the first half, Rebels Eric Eggleston would add to his BCFC stats with a last minute, 25-yard touchdown catch to open up a 16-9 lead at the half.

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Rebels QB Hunter Lake looks downfield to an open receiver. Lake would go 10-17 in the first half of the game against the Kamloops Broncos – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The BCFC’s leading receiver Eric Eggleston, dominating the gridiron on the arm of Rebels QB Hunter Lake, is one of six graduating Rebels most likely playing their last home game. Eggleston has bested the conference this season with an impressive eight touchdowns over forty receptions for 684 yards receiving to help back stop his Rebels offense in receiving his league honors.

Rebels defensive core would continue stand up the Bronco’s running game much of the second half. In a bright spot for the Bronco’s offense, RB Jacob Palmarin, would rush for over 200 yards before leaving late in third with an injury. QB Hunter Lake, going 10-17 in the first half, and unable to complete a pass in the second half, would rely on a running game to keep the pressure on the visiting team. The Rebels would force Bronco’s starting QB Whitelaw to the sidelines; hoping backup Stephen Schuweiler could ignite a Bronco’s offense. Only able to muster a field goal and a safety much of the second half, the Broncos would be kept out of the Rebels end.

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Niles Goguen eludes that Bronco tackle, weaving through traffic for additional yardage  – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

In a pivotal time in the second half, the Broncos, forced to punt the ball away, wouldn’t be able to handle a high snap. In pursuit, the Rebels would recover possession deep in Bronco territory. In a goal line stand, QB Lake would choose Niles Goguen to take the one-yard dive into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game. Even after a failed bid for the extra point the Rebels would seem to have a comfortable 22-12 lead with 2:53 remaining in a hard-fought, rain-drenched game.

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Rebels graduate and 2013 receiving leader Eric Eggleston takes the gain down field before being knocked out of bounds  – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

After taking advantage of the earlier safety, the Bronco’s Schuweiler would go to a “hurry-up” offense with time running down, managing to convert for three consecutive first down plays, and put his Broncos in scoring territory. In what was otherwise a strong outing for the Rebels D-line, the Broncos would capitalize on the Rebels defensive breakdown with a toss into the house to Devin Dsincsa with 18 seconds remaining, bringing the resilient Kamloops team to within an extra point conversion of tying the game. The Rebels would dig deep, forcing Schuweiler out of the pocket, knocking down his pass and allowing Lake and his Rebels to run out the clock for the gutsy win and improve to 2-7 on the season.

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Rebels fans and players  alike would celebrate a narrow 22-20 win over the Kamloops Broncos. Rebels Joey Cavilla celebrates a games end under a torrential downpour  – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

When asked about what the win meant for his team, Rebels head coach Tim Kearse would comment, “Our guys are competing. Trying to finish out the season, trying to get that win for these guys (graduating players). It’s good to get a win”.

Chris Pastro, of the Rebels, would be voted game MVP for his relentless pursuit of the ball.

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The Rebels graduating class of 2013 pose with past alumni, ( left to right, Nevil Meyer, Eric Eggleston, Mile Barry, Kyle Daechsel, Niles Goguen,  Dallyn Daylon ). – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Rebels players graduating this year are: Eric Eggleston, Nils Goguen, Kyle Daechsel, Daylon Dallyn, and Nevil Meyer.

The Rebels finish the regular season with an away game next weekend in Naniamo against the first place Vancouver Island Raiders. Game time is 1:00 pm.

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