Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
October 5th, 2013 Naniamo, BC (ISN) – The Vancouver Island Raiders claimed first place and home field advantage in the playoffs in convincing fashion with a 71-0 dismantling of the Westshore Rebels at Caledonia Park Saturday afternoon.
Rebels season came to closure, in a injury riddled year that would have tested any teams spirit, as the Raiders won their seventh regular season in nine years, putting another stamp in the record books as the most dominant team in recent British Columbia Football Conference memory. With the bar set ever higher, the Raiders have answered the bell. After going, what would be for most teams, a respectable 3-2 in the first half of the season, the Raiders have run off five consecutive wins to take first place with Saturday’s win in front of a raucous Raider Nation, and visiting Alumni and BC Lion Andrew Harris.
The Raiders, without their starting QB Jamie Ybarra, out with a broken collar bone suffered in a costly win over the Langley Rams last weekend, reached into their Raider ranks, using 2nd string backup QB Jaeden Marwick to stoke the Raider engine.
Raiders 2nd string QB Jaeden Marwick was equal to the task, dismantling the Westshore Rebels defensive core for 162 yards passing in the first half of the game before sitting out the second half. – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Raiders would open the scoring early in the first quarter on a touchdown run by all star Whitman Tomusiak. Tomusiak, looking to take over the BCFC record for touchdown receptions, needing 3 touch down catches on the afternoon, would fall short of that bid, scoring two of his first half three touchdown total catching the rock through the air. Tomusiak’s last touchdown of the game was an electrifying 44-yard punt return with less than one minute remaining in the half. Marwick would guide his team to a 55-0 lead at the half on 9-15 passing, for 162 yards, before taking to the sidelines in the second half.
Unfortunately for Marwick’s Rebel counterpart, Hunter Lake, he wouldn’t find the same success. Lake, handing in a receiver’s resume at the beginning of the Rebels season, found the starting Rebels QB job after an injury to QB Mark Black thrust him into the limelight with his scrambling and passing abilities. Hounded by a punishing Raiders defense, Lake, unable to shake the Raiders defense, would be picked off six times in the game, putting together 124 net yards passing on 5-23 attempts.
Rebels QB Hunter Lake would battle all game despite going 6-24 on pass completions in the game. – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rebels, fielding, what was counted as 29 players, were noticeably outmanned, but showed all heart in their effort to finish out a painful year for the organization. In an interview last weekend with the Rebels coach Tim Kearse, there was no sugar coating his teams expectations of Saturday’s game. ” We’re going to go up there (Naniamo) and the guys we line up, we’ll have to line up. These guys are just competing, just competing to finish out the season.”
Rebels QB Hunter Lake launches a downfield bomb over the outstretched arm of Cole Samson – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
With the game all but out of reach, Raiders’ Coach Blokker giving his second and third stringers some valuable game time inserted QB Jahmari Bennett into the game to run the clock. The Raiders would add two more touchdowns in the second half, closing out the Rebels season with the lopsided win.
Rebels QB Hunter Lake is tackled in a difficult afternoon playing against the upisland rival VI Raiders. – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
After the game the Raiders QB Marwick would comment on the Raiders success. “Our offensive coordinator is a genius. When we play that well it’s hard to stop us. I knew we were capable of this type of a win. As a team, now we understand it’s do or die, so this week in practice it’s going to be on another level.”
Reciever Dustin Rodriguez runs the rock in for a touchdown holding off Rebels tackler Nick Spindor – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Raiders will start their post-season bid for the BCFC championship with a semi-final game against the Kamloops Broncos this Saturday, at Nanaimo’s Caledonia Park at 1:00 pm.
Alex Thompson of the Raiders is pulled down by the relentless efforts of Rebels Chris Pastro. Pastro would record 7 tackles against the Raiders in the visiting teams loss. – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Ashston Galloway launches himself into the endzone for his second touchdown of the game. Galloway would carry the rock 5 times for 80 yards – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)