Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
August 15,2015 Langford, BC – The Westshore Rebels found their first win of the BCFC season at the expense of the winless Chilliwack Valley Huskers, defeating the valley team 45-14 at Westhills Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Rebels OL Connor Bryan lifts his arms in a 42-14 victory, celebrating his teams first win of the 2015 season – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Rebels head coach JC Boice was careful when assessing his team’s win. “We got the “w”, and that feels good. We still feel like a very, very young program that has a lot of work to though.”
The Rebels coaching staff reflect on the previous play angainst the winless Huskers Saturday at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rebels enjoyed the lopsided win, after being outscored by conference’s upper echelon in their first three games by a margin 161-39 . The Huskers, suffering the same 3-game fate, had allowed 188 points going into this weekend’s game versus the red, black, and white.
The conference’s current second best passing yards QB, Rebels Ashton MacKinnon, engineered the Westshore offense to near perfection for most of the game, completing 29-38 passes for passing 3 touchdowns, amassing 427 yards throwing, all behind a much improved O-line.
Rebels QB Ashton MacKinnon looks down field as a Husker D-man bears down on him. MacKinnon would pass for 427 yards in the game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Happy with his offensive play in the game coach Boice would comment of the play of MacKinnon, “I felt like our QB play was the best yet. I think today he (MacKinnon) took some real positive steps. He was able to get his secondary progression and his check-down progression, which he had not yet done in a game.”
MacKinnon looks to the side for the swing pass that was so successful for the Rebels in the first half – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rebels opened the scoring, and scored often against a porous defense of the Huskers. Mackinnon would look to his first option in receiver Hunter Lake to put the Rebels on the board to open the eventual, 2nd half scoring floodgate.
Taking early advantage of the swing pass in the backfield, the Rebels Boice would offer his insight to his team’s first half offensive strategy. “ Our offense is about going where the defense isn’t. They didn’t want to defend that so we went there early. And when they went for it later in the game, that opened up some vertical seams for us (downfield).“
Rebels Jordan Worth scampers for yards out of the back field with Husker’s Tyler McStravic in tow – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Lake, enjoying another hallmark season, but in a receiving roll instead of at the helm as QB, has found chemistry this season with his starting QB that is, perhaps, starting to show the fruits of their labors. Lake would finish the game with one touchdown on 9 receptions and 183 yards receiving, the Huskers unable to keep up with the shifty fourth year man.
Reciever Hunter Lake pulls down the first Rebels TD pass of the game, beating Huskers Daniel Mills – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
When asked about his success working with Lake, MacKinnon would comment with a grin, “ I think because Hunter has played as a QB it helps a lot because he understands where he should be as a receiver and can read what I’m going to do as QB.”
If the game was going to be the Rebels game to loose, then penalties would be the reason for it. Penalties, continuing to plague the Rebels field play, would keep the score close early in the game. The 3rd most penalized team in the BCFC would make it difficult for themselves in the first half, negating field position often on undisciplined penalties that would afford the Huskers to keep the game close, giving the visiting side a recoverable 14 point deficit going into the locker room. MacKinnon would join Lake on the score sheet in the first half on a 1-yard QB keeper in giving the Rebels the 14-0 lead.
Jorge Monzon Yarwood chases down Husker’s QB Noah Falconer getting past the offensive lineman – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Huskers, taking advantage of a relaxed Rebels special teams would recover a punt, and an onside kick in the second half, to set up scoring drives in the fourth for their first points nine quarters of play. Huskers running back Jackson Ryan would make the Rebels pay with a 25 TD run. Huskers QB Noah Falconer would throw 37 yards to an unguarded Jesse Deering for their second major to narrow the lead to 35-14 in the fourth quarter.
Husker’s Jesse Deering was left alone outside the endzone to pull down this long bomb for one of two Husker TD’s in the loosing cause – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Despite the upstart offensive play and five QB sacks by his defense, head coach Boice was not entirely happy with his defensive effort against the run and the costly penalties in the second half. “I feel like we didn’t finish real strong and went soft at moments, but, again, we are very, very young. Our kids are learning, working hard and hungry. I just want them to finish better.”
Husker’s Daniel Mills learns first hand what can happen if you stand in front of a moving bus. Rebel’s Matt Pastro has no brakes as he carries the ball through the defender – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
MacKinnon would finish the game running for two TD’s. Joe Barkhouse would take two passes from MacKinnon to the house on only 3 receptions in the game. Backup QB Talyn Davies added a 1-yard run for the score, and Bryce Couture would kick a 16-yard field goal and go a perfect six for six on converts for a total of 337 yards from the boot. Tayln Davies, after catching for 130 yards as a receiver, would come in late in relief for Ashton MacKinnon and complete 3-5 passes for 72 yards.
MacKinnon, named the Rebels game MVP, would throw 3 TD’s to take the game’s top honors, orchestrating 643 yards total offense.
Rebels Ashton MacKinnon recieves Top Dog MVP honors for his performance. ISN predicts he will take BC Lions week 4 Offensive honors – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rebels will be back to work Monday to prepare for their next match up against a tough team in the Langley Rams Saturday August 22nd at McLeod Stadium. Game time is 4pm.