Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
October 16, 2015 Langford, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels Football organization recognized their own Friday in a night to honor those Rebels members for their 2015 season’s accomplishments on and off the field.
President Elise Pastro led the charge to a resurgent Westshore Rebels Organization in 2015 – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The evening-long event, mc’d in concert by President Elise Pastro, Head Coach JC Boice and local media notable Hudson Mack, celebrated, if not a Cullen Cup win, a victory for an organization that, while of the brink of collapse last off-season, was resurrected by the many dedicated and hard working team members that Pastro and Boice enlisted in the head office, on the grid iron, and in the community.
The top award winner of the evening went to third year Rebel player Hunter Lake. Lake, playing his first two years quarterbacking the red and white, showed great character and heart in his 2015 season, accepting a new role as receiver and backup QB to Rebels Offensive Rookie of the Year, Mt. Doug Rams Alumni Ashton MacKinnon. Lake, as close to a franchise player as one might be for a BCFC team, would be rewarded for his outstanding play on the season. For his efforts, Lake would not only receive BCFC Allstar team honors, but would also be noted as Rebels Top Reciever, Rebels Top Offensive Player of the Year, and Rebels Team MVP. Lake would also share BCFC honors with teammate Alex Wright for the Ron White Community Award exemplifying the unselfish service contribution to the community during the season. Lake would finish the season with 51 receptions, for 708 yds, and 4 receiving touchdowns in a utilitarian role.
Hunter Lake, the recipient of 4 awards on the evening, is shown here taking a turn at his old position as QB Ashton MacKinnon sits out due to injury – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Lake, in his acceptance speech, would give credit to his team. “ Because of last years play, I was wasn’t sure about playing. I have to give thanks to my teammates for this year and inspiring me to play again.”
Alex Wright was the co-recipient of the BCFC Ron White Community Service Award, shared with Hunter Lake – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Ashton MacKinnon, voted the Rebels Offensive Rookie of the Year, was 3rd in BCFC passing yards this season, with 1871 yards through the air and a completion rating of 56.1% for 9 touchdowns. The Mt. Douglas Rams 6’6” QB alumni came to the Westshore Rebels this season after a stint with the CIS University of Manitoba Bison in 2014, and playing behind ex-VI Raider QB Jordan Yantz.
QB Ashton MacKinnon, the Rebels Offensive Rookie of the Year, sat out the last three games due to injury, but still finished 1871 yards through the air – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Armin Purewal, called the “enforcer of the enforcer crew”, is on his way to the University of Manitoba Bison to further his playing career. Purewal took the Rebels Top Offensive Lineman award in his final year of CJFL football.
On the other side of the ball, Top Defensive Lineman and Top Defensive Player of the Year honors went to NCAA recruit hopefull James Bradley. Bradley, relentless in his pursuit for the ball would record 29 tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 3 fumble recoveries, and four sacks.
James Bradley, pursues the ball for his team. Rumor has it he may be on his way to the USA for collegiate ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Ex-Belmont Bulldog high school alumni Cody Wist would secure Defensive Rookie of the Year, leading his team with 3 interceptions on the season to highlight an all purpose effort.
Ex-Bulldog Cody Wist gets a hand on a Chilliwack ball carrier. Wist would lead his team in interceptions (3) – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In a final reflection on the night, Head Coach JC Boice speaking directly to his players, would use the lack of Rebels representation in the final BCFC awards as inspiration for the off season and 2015-2016 season. “ Let that sting you just a bit, and use that to make you better. There are CJFL, NCAA, and CIS teams that notice your play.”
Other Rebel award recipients were:
Coaches Award – Rebels Community Citizen of the Year – Erikson Deseron and Ryan Allard
Coaches Award – Rebels Leadership Excellence – Alex Wright
Coaches Award – Outstanding Rebels Teammate
Darcy Cherneff and Talyn Davies
Coaches Award – Rebels Toughness Crew
Joe Barkhouse, James Danylchuk, Matt Pastro, Kent Cross
Rebels Defensive – Most Improved – Jeremy Nagai
Rebels Offensive – Most Improved – Kyle Harrington
Rebels Top Linebacker – Jordan Goertzen
Rebels Top Defensive Back – Brody Uddenberg
Rebels Top Offensive Back – Jordan Worth
Rebels Special Teams Player of the Year – Kent Cross
Rebels Most Inspirational – Jordan Bosse
Rebels Rein Eberle Volunteer of the Year – Jason Sperling