Images and Story by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
August 16,2014 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels ran head first into a rested Langley Rams football team, coming away the worst for wear in the collision loosing in a painful 75-16 decision during Saturday night’s Family Day at Westhills Stadium.
Rebels Jordan Rodinsky runs over Rams Tyler McStravick on his way to a first down during BCFC action at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Despite the loss, the Rebels can only see the positive in loss to last year’s runner up BCFC Champions. With heads kept high as they walked off the field acknowledging the home crowd, a resilient Rebels team knows it’s only a matter of time before their efforts will be rewarded.
The Rebels defense would be tested as four tacklers converge on the Rams ball carrier – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Basketball coaching great John Wooden once was quoted as saying, “ It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” The Rebels season has so far demonstrated individual glimmers of those “little details”, being recognized for the naming of four players so far this season for Offensive and Defensive team Conference honors. The hard part is to put all the “details” together against a tough opposition in the Langley Rams.
Rebels Malachi Ince gets shrugged off by ball carrier Mario Narte. The Rebels defense was tested often by a dynamic Rams offensive side – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
For the Rebels, those “little details” became evident early when BCFC Conference passing yards leader QB Hunter Lake found Nick Spindor for a 29 yard touchdown to take the first lead in the game half way through the opening quarter, putting Rebels fans on the edge of their seats. From that point forward, the Rams would exact an explosive type of offensive that has seen them put up 77 points in their first two games of the early season.
Rebels QB Hunter Lake came into Saturdays game throwing for 719 yards on 39 attempts – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
With a depleted Rebels defensive line with veteran linebacker and team leader Chris Pastro sidelined due to injury, it was certain that it would only be a matter of time before the Rebels secondary would fall the next victim of the Rams offensive talents under first year QB Dylan Tucker. The Rams would go, unanswered, on a 6 TD tear, giving four touchdown credits to their special teams highlighted by an 80 yard punt return by Nathan Lund and an 85 yard kickoff return for a TD by John Beckerleg to go up 73-10 at the end of the third quarter.
Rams starting QB Dylan Tucker gets the ball away before Rebels Rob Mar can knock the ball free – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca )
When asked about his team’s defensive efforts with linebacker Chris Pastro’s absence from the game, Coach Andrew Axhorn was quite candid. “When the heart of your defense is out that’s tough. He’s definitely one of the biggest leaders on this team. I know it was really tough for him to sit on the sidelines.”
Rebels Tyler Leader gets a hand on the Rams ball carrier to make the tackle – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rebels Josh Beauchamp would solve the Rams defense in the closing quarter when QB Lake would give a 6-yard toss to Beauchamp for a TD and a 73-16 score. The Rebels would concede a safety in the end zone in the waning minutes of the game to take a final 75-16 loss to the locker room.
Rebels Josh Beauchamp would ake this ball for extra yards dragging a Rams defender along the way – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Quarterback Hunter Lake would be named Rebel MVP Player of the Game for his efforts. A humble Lake would compliment his offensive line in a post game interview. “ I could not have done anything today without the stellar job my o-line did. They’ve improved ten-fold. They’re moving guys around. I’ve got clear lines of vision. I’m really impressed.”
Top Dog Pizza MVP Rebels Hunter Lake accepts his MVP award from Rebels President Elise Pastro – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rebels host the visiting Chilliwack Huskers on Amateur Football Day Saturday, August 23th, 1:00 pm, at Westhills Stadium. The Rebels are looking to sweep the season series against the Huskers after a Rebel win last weekend in Chilliwack.