Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
August 23, 2014 Langford, BC (ISN) – The British Columbia Football Conference Westshore Rebels, firing on all cylinders, handed the visiting Chilliwack Valley Huskers a 41-7 loss Saturday afternoon at Westhills Stadium.
Rebels running back despite seeing limited action makes the most of balls coming his way as he runs through three Husker defenders – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Post-game, Rebels Head Coach Andrew Axehorn would confide to ISN how his team turned the corner. “ This week I put the onus on the captains to really take pride and get this team refocused. Chilliwack wasn’t just going to let us take this game. It’s nice to see the captain’s fire up this (Rebels) team. The team put their hearts out there today”, Axehorn would comment.
Lake, leading his team to date, in both passing yards (936 yds., 6 TD’s) and in rushing with 152 yards, would go head to head against the Huskers QB Dylan LaPrairie. The North Vancouver native LaPrairie has equally proven his touch putting up 842 yds. passing for 4 TD’s so far this season for the 0-3 Huskers.
QB Hunter Lake uses his size to hold off a Valley Husker as he uses his legs to gain yardage – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Linebacker Tyler Leader just misses this ball destined for Huskers Rec Blake Draper – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
It wouldn’t take long for the Rebels to find their stride under starting QB Hunter Lake. After opening the Rebels scoring with a field goal, Lake would put the ball on the ground, as he has so many times in the past, to advance his team deep into Husker territory, and set up a 24 yard TD pass to WR Josh Beauchamp.
Facing an inspired defense with the return of Rebels lineman Chris Pastro, Husker’s LaPrairie would have trouble finding his receivers, throwing two interceptions in the first half to Rebels DB Braeden Swatez and Jake Hauge, who would take the ball 52 yards for Rebel’s major in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Jordan Rodinsky and Nick Spindor would add touchdowns of their own in the second frame courtesy of QB Hunter Lake.
Defensive lineman Chris Pastro returned to his team after sitting out last weeks loss to the Rams. Pastro factored in on many tackles Saturday vs the Huskers – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Jordan Rodinsky pulls down a touchdown thrown by Hunter Lake. Rodinsky would be named Top Dog Pizza MVP – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Huskers would deny a Rebel’s shutout scoring their only points of the game on a one yard QB keeper for a touchdown by newly inserted backup Husker QB R.J. Begg. The Rebels would enjoy a 31-7 lead going into the locker room.
Huskers backup QB R.J. Begg, with hopes of finding an answer to the Huskers scoring woes, would come up empty in the third quarter, as did the Rebels otherwise hot scoring touch. As both teams notably slowed their play in the mid afternoon heat, neither team was able to put points on the board.
Huskers QB R.J. Begg gets rid of the ball before Rebels Jordan Worth can get to the ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
With five minutes remaining and the game all but out of reach for the Huskers, the Rebels would solidify the win with a final QB throw into the house on a 26-yard strike from Lake to WR Jordan Rodinsky. Rodinsky would unofficially finish with eight receptions for 176 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
Jordan Rodinsky hand fights with a would-be Husker tackler while returning a punt – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
When asked of the team’s win after last weekend’s lopsided Rams loss
Hunter Lake would reply, “ The win’s great. I said it last week. We have the best heart in the league. You couldn’t find a more dedicated group of guys. Everyone came back (after last weekend) even hungrier and it showed. We’re improving every single week, and there are not a lot of teams that will be able to stop us by week ten.”
The Rebels would take away a 41-7 win over the Chilliwack Valley Huskers and improve to a 2-3-season record, and more importantly keep pace with their up-island rival VI Raiders.
Rebels Wide Receiver Jordan Rodinsky would receive Top Dog Pizza MVP honors for his outstanding play during the game.
The Westshore Rebels issued a BCFC team ice bucket challenge in support of ALS, raising $400.00 Saturday after the game.
The entire Rebels team participated in the icebucket challenge raising $400.00 while challenging the rest of the BCFC – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rebels next home game is September 6th 3:00 pm vs the 3-1 Kamloops Broncos.
Game stats were unavailable at deadline.