Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
August 13th, 2016 Kamloops, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels defense game up big in the fourth quarter to hold off a determined Broncos team, improving to 3-1 Saturday evening with an exciting 45-32 away win in week 3 British Columbia Football Conference action at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, BC.
With the win the Rebels secure second place in the BCFC Standings behind the undefeated Okanagan Sun, last year’s BCFC Cullen Cup Champions
The Rebels import QB Scott Borden would get the nod under centre against the Bronco’s Colby Henkel. In a contest of contrasting QB play, Henkel would find his offence through the air, passing 22-40 for 401 yards, while the fleet of foot Borden would elect the ground play of his running backs predominately. Borden would throw 15-21 for 201 yards.
Kamloops, still looking for their first win this season and sitting in fifth place in the BCFC conference gave the Vancouver Island team everything they could handle most of the game. It would be the play of the Rebels dynamic running duo, arguably the CJFL’s best running back one-two punch, in Jamel Lyles and Trey Campbell that would keep the sticks moving for a Rebels team that looked shaky at times against a Broncos team that was only 51-133 in points for and against coming into the mid-season contest.
Rebel’s Jamel Lyles, the BCFC’s leading rusher going into the week four contest with 459 yards, rushing for three touchdowns, and one punt return for 98 yards, would score three more rushing touchdowns for 238 yards on the evening, and Trey Campbell, showing his athleticism in frustrating Bronco would-be tacklers, would add a pair of touchdowns as well in the win.
QB Scott Borden would throw for another TD late in the game to Nathanial Pinto. Last week’s CJFL Defensive Player of the Week, Kent Hicks, would kick the lone Rebels field goal to open the game’s scoring.
The Rebels, only able to find 308 yards last weekend in the loss to the Okanagan Sun, would redeem themselves at Hillside Stadium putting together a solid 602 yards offense on the night in the win.
Bronco’s QB Colby Henkel would throw for two TD’s, finding receivers Colin Mather and Broden Romanovitch in the end zone. Brody Bernier would jump on a loose ball in the end zone after a fumbled reception to Mather. Austin Semeniuk in the loosing cause. Bronco’s net offense, heating up as the season gets deeper, would amass 482 net yards.
Next up for the Westshore Rebels is a trip to the last place Chilliwack Huskers Saturday August 20th at 1:00 pm.