Rebels Close But Drop Home Final to Broncos

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Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

September 13, 2014 Langford,BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels, in their last home stand of the BCFC season and fighting for a final playoff berth, suffered an all-important 24-14 loss to the Kamloops Broncos Saturday afternoon at Westhills Stadium, in Langford, BC.

Rebels DL Tanner Rodinsky, playing his last home game of his CJFL career, gets ahold of Broncos Gray Malcolm – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The 2-4 Rebels went head to head for the second time in consecutive weeks on home turf against the 4-2 Kamloops Broncos. Coach Axhorn’s Rebels looked to even the season’s score against the 3rd place Broncos after loosing 42-14 last weekend in a game that saw at redhot Bronco’s QB Connor Whitelaw orchestrate an impressive 553 net offensive yard performance at Westhills Stadium to set the stage for Saturday’s rematch.

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Rebels Johnny Quan lays out for the tackle on Aaron Morran of the Broncos – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Rebels, fighting for a playoff berth with their up island rival Vancouver Island Raiders, recognizing the importance of this game and the remaining three away games remaining in the season looked to improve on both sides of the ball. 

Rebels Hunter Lake would throw for an unofficial final 388 yards Saturday behind an offensive line that kept the Broncos defence at bay most of the game. WR Jordan Rodinsky, named Rebels MVP of the game, would take advantage of lessons learned from last weekend’s game, pulling down approximately 184 yards on the afternoon.

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QB Hunter Lake looks downfield to reciever Jordan Rodinsky. Lake would put up approx. 388 yards net offense against the Kamloops Broncos – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Rodinsky, with only 3 catches for 40 yards last game, was happy with his performance. “They’re a physical team. I tried to get a quicker release off of them to make some space, so once I did that Hunter ( Lake ) started hitting me with the ball.”

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Jordan Rodinsky learning from a difficult Game #1 against the Broncos, found himself open often in Game#2 Saturday at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Broncos would start the game with QB Connor Whitelaw at the helm only to substitute for the veteran QB Steve Schuweiler shortly after the game began. The Broncos would find the end zone first on their second possession of the game when Schuweiler would find WR Brody Bernier on a sixteen yard strike for a 7-0 lead half way through the first quarter.  Despite the touchdown, the Rebels defence would dominate early. Rebels Coahn Sassaman would sack Schuweiler twice in the quarter. Rebels LB Chris Pastro, playing in his final home game of his CJFL career, would factor in the first 5 Rebel tackles to open the game.  

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Rebels veteran Chris Pastro made the most of his final home game factoring in on the first five tackles to start Saturday’s game vs the Broncos. Pastro takes down Broncos Aaron Morran – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Rebels QB Hunter Lake would answer the Broncos score minutes later when, after a 72 yard strike to Jordan Rodinsky, Lake would find WR Griffin Dear in the corner of the end zone to pull the Rebels even. The Broncos would put kicker Aaron Smit’s foot to use at the end of the 1st quarter to take a 10-7 lead.

The Rebels would keep pace with the Broncos through the second quarter as the home team’s  defence would continue to pressure the offensive prowess of the Broncos. The Rebels would add two more sacks to their first quarter total to finish the game with four QB sacks in the contest. With the Broncos up 17-7 on a 1 yd touchdown run by Sheldon Brown.  Hunter Lake would throw a 30 yard TD to Jordan Rodinsky with two minutes remaining in the half. 

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Rebels Wr Jordan Rodinsky beats Aaron Smit pulling down the long ball from QB Hunter Lake – Erich Eichhorm image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Rebels, with a chance to go into the locker room tied, couldn’t convert on the Jordan Worth field goal attempt and would settle for a respectable 3 point difference 17-14 at the half. Worth, filling in for kicker Brett Johnston,would miss on chances from 30 and 17 yards.

Both teams would draw a blank in the third frame as neither team could add to their respective leads. The Kamloops Broncos, although unable to find the end zone would have the lion’s share of the chances.  Missed Rebel opportunities would prevent the home team from taking the lead. Braeden Swatez, stripping the ball away from a Broncos running back, would have his touchdown called back on an early whistle to nullify the six point advantage.

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Braeden Swatez look back as he takes off downfield after stripping the ball from a Broncos runningback only to have it called back – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Rebels QB Hunter Lake, putting the team on his shoulders in the fourth quarter as he has done many times this season,  looked to take matters into his own hands in the fourth quarter, looking for something to spark his teams offense. Lake, known for his running abilities, and leading his team in rushing, would use his legs many times to extend plays, giving his team opportunities to go ahead, but would be unable to get the ball into the house to take the lead. 

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Rebels Tanner Rodinsky, playing in his final home game in his CJFL career, trips up Jacob Palmarin – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

A tipped ball off WR  Josh Beauchamp deep in the Bronco end would be intercepted by the visiting team, turning the tide the tide the Broncos way.  The Broncos, with Whitelaw inserted back into the game, would seal the win with a QB keeper from the two yard line with 5:37 remaining. 

With the Bronco’s 24-14 win, Kamloops takes the regular season series 2-0. The Westshore Rebels fall to 2-5 on the season, one win behind the 3-4 Vancouver Island Raiders who earlier dropped a 19-7 decision to the Okanagan Sun.

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Santa Bear and the Rebels pose during a Rebels toy drive for Santa’s Anonymous pre-game Saturday at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Westshore Rebels close out their 2014 regular season with three games on the road, finishing with a final game rematch in Naniamo against the VI Raiders on October 4th at 1:00 pm.

 

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