Written by Lucas Wilson
It has been a long, but busy offseason for Victoria’s Westshore Rebels. After finishing 2-8 in 2015, the organization made a complete overhaul to improve on and off of the field. Since October, the team elected a new board of directors; brought in Shane Beatty to be assistant head coach; helped open a state-of-the-art training facility; and have brought in the best recruiting class in franchise’s history.
, all of the hard work put in by Rebels players, coaches, and volunteers will be put to the test for the first time when the team takes the field in their season opener against the Langley Rams.
Head coach JC Boice promises that the Rebels offensive attack will feature a strong balance of run and pass. The team has two solid options at quarterback in Ashton Mackinnon and Scott Borden, who will both see snaps in game. Boice believes that the “vastly improved and very physical” offensive line will be the key to the Rebels offense.
Shane Beatty’s defensive unit is a strong mix of new and returning talent. Offseason recruit Shaun Robinson has excited the Rebels coaching staff, and looks to bring an explosive quality to the defense. The defensive backfield is lead by veteran safety Brody Uddenberg. Boice has also expects big things out of DBs Brandon Gandire and Marly Cliff-Delcy.
This Rebels team has improved from top-to-bottom, but they will be facing a tough first opponent in the Langley Rams. Many BCFC pundits have declared the Rams to be the early favourites in the conference. The Rams finished 6-5 last season, which included two wins over the Rebels.