Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
September 26, 2015 Langford, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels, took one step closer to the season’s end with a punishing 51-10 loss to the BCFC League leading Okanagan Sun at Westhills Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Dillon Fortune of the Suns is taken off his feet by Rebels DB Cody Wist – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
With a head down, “it ain’t done ‘til its done” mentality, the South Vancouver Island team stuck its chin out and took a shot square on the button as many teams have experienced against the Kelowna-based team this year. The Rebels, saving the best for last in a twisted sort of way, play their final two season games against BCFC’s best in the first and second place teams in the Langley Rams (#2)*, and the Okanagan Sun. The Sun, only one of two still undefeated teams in the entire CJFL nation, the other being the Saskatoon Hilltops, have outscored their competition by a 367 point differential this season.
Indicative of the Rebels fortunes, Suns’ Hunter Verhulst would pull down this reception off the helment of Rebels DB Bryce Mosley – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
For the young, injury depleted, Rebels team, it would be easy to go away quietly, but for the JC Boice led Westshore Rebels, every game has it’s lessons despite the position in the season when rebuilding an otherwise talented team. It would appear that today’s class lesson leaned heavily on the defensive side of the Rebels. Without “SUN block”, the Rebels would struggle trying to hold back the scoring frenzy to come. The Sun have outscored the Rebels in their two season meetings by a margin of 129-17.
Rebels LB Patricio Vega pulls down Suns backup QB Josiah Joseph before he could get too far – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Sun would scorch the red and white, jumping out to a 35-0 in the first quarter of play under starting Okanagan QB Cam Bedore. Bedore would throw five TD’s in that quarter alone, hooking up with a pair each to Thomas Huber and Kyle Kawamoto, and the fifth to Pierre Luc-Lord. Talyn Davies, removed from his receiver position to take the reigns at Rebels QB after injury to Ashton MacKinnon, hoped to guide his offense to a better result.
Okanagan backup QB Josiah Joseph pitches the rock back to Kyle Kawamoto ( out of frame ) – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Rebels sole points in the half would come at the boot of Bryce Couture, kicking a 26 yard field goal to erase the donut from the Rebels side of the board early in the second quarter. Fluid as the offense has proven to be all season, the Sun would remove that gain with one more TD’s, to Shai Ross with seconds remaining in the half to go up 45-3 in the face of a reeling Rebels secondary.
Back up QB Tayln Davies surveys the Suns defense before the snap. Davies, playing reciever most of the season was inserted in place of the injured starting QB Ashton MacKinnon – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In a defensive bright spot, Rebels Jordan Bosse would record two interceptions in the game to an Okanagan team content with throwing the ball deep, albeit with much success.
Tayln Davies would hook up with Eric Williams over the middle with a 75 yard touch down catch and run play with 4:28 remaining in the game for the Rebels only major score on the afternoon. Davies would toss 18-30, and 225 yards in the loosing effort.
Suns kicker Thomas Huber, would also convert on three field goals to round out the Okanagan scoring.
Eric Wiliams would make the best of his Qb’s strike over the middle to score his teams only major, out running the Suns secondary for the TD – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Rebels coach Boice, never one to mince words about his teams performance was reported as saying, “ The offence didn’t register a first down or hardly even a positive yard and the defense gave up a lot of explosive plays. It’s pretty hard to win a football game when the offense doesn’t move and the defense struggles to defend.”
The Rebels will close out the season next weekend, October 3rd, against the Langley Rams at Westhills Stadium.
* Standings at game time