Media Release – Ryan Waters ( BCFC ) Images Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
The British Columbia Football Conference released their top players for Week #4 with island players taking two of the three nominations.
Rebels starting QB Ashton MacKinnon takes top Offensive honors in week #4 as BC Lions Offensive Player of the Week – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Offensive Player of the Week
Quarterback – #13 Ashton MacKinnon – Westshore Rebels
The Westshore Rebels won their first game of the season last weekend as quarterback Ashton MacKinnon took matters into his own hands. The first year pivot set a new Rebels record with 29 completions on 38 attempts for 427 yards and threw three touchdown passes. He not only dominated with his arm, but his legs as well, rushing 10 times and scored two more touchdowns. In all MacKinnon was responsible for 30 of the 45 points the Rebels would score, naming him the BC Lions Offensive Player of the Week.
Read more about Ashton on his bio page at; http://www.westshorerebels.ca/roster_player/mckennon-ashton
Rookie VI Raider Cole Virtanen was the BCFC’s week #4 defensive player of the week – File Photo by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Defensive Player of the Week
Defensive back – #42 Cole Virtanen – VI Raiders
The best game of this past weekend was the VI Raiders and Kamloops Broncos. The Raiders defence allowed just six points in second half as they shut down a very potent Broncos offence. Just as the Broncos offence started rolling, in stepped the BC Lions Defensive Player of the Week Cole Virtanen. He intercepted two passes at critical times, including one in the fourth quarter that he took back 95 yards for touchdown, setting a Raiders record for longest pick six in team history.
John Beckerleg of the Langley Rams – Special Teams – File photo by Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
Special Teams Player of the Week
Returner – #4 John Beckerleg – Langley Rams
Explosive is a very accurate word when describing the BC Lions Special Teams Player of the Week John Beckerleg. Each time he touches the ball he has the ability to get to the end zone. Saturday night he returned three kicks, totalling 143 yards. His best return was in the fourth quarter as he would field a kick-off 10 yards deep in his own end zone. In a blink of an eye and two unbelievable moves, he raced 95 yards before a touchdown saving tackle.
All three games this week fall on Saturday. The Kamloops Broncos (2-2) host the VI Raiders (3-1) in the second half of a home and home, the Langley Rams (2-2) welcome the Westshore Rebels (1-3) and the Valley Huskers (0-4) visit the Okanagan Sun (4-0).