Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – After a three-day, intense spring camp, the Westshore Rebels have their sights now set on National Signing Day with high hopes of erecting a team that will comprise of those high caliber talents that visited Westhills Stadium last weekend.
Spring camp’s final day was about intensity and work ethic. Two lineman battle it out for the upper hand – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Sunday’s closing day of camp provided coaching staff the opportunity to measure the talent in a game-like atmosphere with a hard-hitting scrimmage. Missing from the final day was last years Rebels rushing leader QB Hunter Lake. Lake, an impact player on and off the field with his leadership was a final day, surprise no show for the coaching staff and QB core vying for a spot on the team. Hunter Lake, one of the most consistent players last season for the Rebels was the double threat of quarterback and rusher last year.
The question on many fans minds is whether veteran Rebel QB Hunter Lake will be on the roster this year come signing day ? – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In 2014, Lake threw and ran the ball completing a CJFL high 177 passes for 2,677 yards and 15 touchdowns. On the ground Lake was the Rebels most dangerous rusher, carrying the rock 62 times for 546 yards and five majors. His early departure from camp may spell a shift in the starting quarterback role for the Rebels.
Looking for an open sideline, this pass reciever ran into a strong defensive play, being knocked out of bounds. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Last year the Westshore Rebels were on uneasy turf and questionable in the eyes of the BC Football Conference to even field a team. It took an eleventh hour push to field the required number of players on the last day to keep the season alive. This year is a different story. With 80-90 talented and enthusiastic players that took part in the camp, its hard not to feel confident of the new direction instilled by new head coach JC Boice, 2014 CJFL Exec of the Year president Elise Pastro and her army of thirteen executives are taking this year.
Receiving looks to be a strength for the Westhore Rebels if they get their wishes – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Defensive lineman calls his read during a 50 play scrimmage on the final day of evaluation – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Coach Boice, a highly sought after U.S. QB coach in his own right, sees the opportunities that took to the field at Westhills Stadium. “ I think defensively we got some guys that are going to be aggressive and I think are ready to compete. I’m pleased with our quarterbacks, our receivers, we just got to get some more depth at key positions”.
A running back turns his corner to the outside route before being picked up by a host of Rebel hopeful tacklers – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
No one could be more enthusiastic about having the chance to return to the Rebels line up than QB Caleb Lee. The Belmont Bulldog talent got off on the wrong foot in his first year of eligibility when he suffered a shoulder injury during the 2014 final day scrimmage. Eager to prove is worth and loyalty to the Rebels organization again this year, he can’t wait to hopefully be part of what could be a special team.
The defensive line gets hungry for a QB during final day scrimmage – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
When asked of his impression of the weekend after breaking camp Lee, grinning from ear to ear would comment, “ The camp was amazing! The work ethic, the discipline, it was a whole different scenery out here (compared to last years camp)”. When asked the outlook of the 2015 team Lee would predict, “It’s going to be a lot of fast, hard working players. They’re going to put their effort in”.
Second year hopeful Caleb Lee airs the ball out before the defense can get to him – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Effort will be a top priority in the coach’s mantra. Coach Boice would discuss, “ In the US game, there are so many players, you can’t afford the lack of effort. If you show that, then there will always be someone else waiting to take your place. We need that attitude. We got a lot of work done, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Rebel hopefuls UN1TE one last time before the final day of camp starts – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
With the CJFL National Signing day fast approaching on June 1st, local football fans will be surely sitting on the edge of their seats to get a peak at what will hold true for the new 2015 Westshore Rebels team.