Story and images by Erich Eichhorn
August 16,2015 Langford,BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels are looking to capitalize Saturday afternoon with thier first win of the season against the visiting Valley Huskers of Chilliwack at Westhillls Stadium.
Last year’s starting Rebel QB Hunter Lake Keeps the Husker defense at arms length – File Photo Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Westshore Rebels, still looking to put a victory in the win column in week four BCFC action, look primed and ready to give the home crowd something to cheer about. The Rebels, sporting a 0-3 record, have been on the road for 2 of three games this season against some stiff, league-leading competiton, are hoping for a game like the one that almost knocked off the island rival Vancouver Island Raiders two weeks ago, but with a slightly winning result.
The Rebels and Huskers, both looking for thier first win of the season, prove to leave it all out on the field, as neither team will be looking claim sole ownership of last place in the conference. Last weekend, the Rebels gave up 60 points in a loosing effort to the Kamloops Broncos, but showed a balanced attack that is sure to eventually generate a winning offense. For the Huskers, offense has been a concern. The Valley team has been shut out in their last two outings, not scoring a point since the third quarter of of Week 1.
The Rebels will look to rise up against the visiting Huskers, looking for thier first win of the season – File Photo Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
By all accounts the young, new era Rebels deserve a better fate despite being outscored 161-39. The Westshore Rebels, to date, can boast six players in the top five in statistical standings in the British Columbia Football Conference so far this season. First year QB Ashton MacKinnon, holding second place in the conference in passing yards with 729 yards completed, will be leading the charge into week four action against the Huskers. Other Rebel offensive notables are recievers Jordan Worth (3rd place, 14 receptions) and last years starting QB Hunter Lake (4th place, 13 receptions). On the defensive side of the ball, James Bradley and Dusean LeBlanc lead the league in tackles with 11 and 8 tackles respectively. Rebels Cody Wist is tied for second place in defensive interceptions so far this season.
With the talent the head coach JC BOice has assembled, it is just a matter of time before the Westshore Rebels find thier stride as a team. Pehaps that starts this afternoon ?
Here is a tail of the tape going into today’s tilt between the two teams.
Records – Huskers 0-3 – Rebels 0-3
Points For – Huskers 24 – Rebels 39
Points Allowed – Huskers 188 – Rebels 161
Passing Leaders – Noah Falconer 41 of 82 for 378 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception (Huskers) – Ashton MacKinnon 47 of 103* for 729 yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions (Rebels)
Rushing Leaders – Brenden Atkinson 16 carries for 70 yards (Huskers) – Ashton MacKinnon 21 carries for 142 yards and 1 touchdown (Rebels)
Receiving Leaders – Blake Draper 15 receptions for 164 yards (Huskers) – Hunter Lake 13 receptions for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rebels)
Field Goals – Ryan Beaubien 1 of 1, 100% (Huskers) – Bryce Martin 1 of 1, 100% (Rebels)
Leading Tacklers – Connor Smith 10 (Huskers) – James Bradley 11 tackles (Rebels)
Takeaways – -11 (Huskers) – -9 (Rebels)
The Rebels will salute our military Saturday, dedicating the game day to those that serve. All military personnel get in free with ID. Game time is 3:00pm
Look to ISN for your post game recap and images from today’s action.