Okanagan Sun come to town to take on Westshore Rebels in first place showdown on Saturday

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August 27,2016 ( ISN ) - Westshore Rebels QB Ashton MacKinnon dives in over the line for his send TD on the afternoon - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

With six games under their belt, the Westshore Rebels come into Week Seven in second place in the BCFC with a 5-1 record. The only game they have lost came in Week Three against the Okanagan Sun in Kelowna. Coming off of a bye week, the Rebels will have a chance to get even with Sun on Saturday night at Westhills Stadium. In the Week Three matchup, the Sun came out strong and took a 13-point lead into the second half. The Rebels fought back in the second half, but they came up just short and lost 27-21. In the three weeks since that game, the Rebels have responded with commanding wins over the Kamloops Broncos and Valley Huskers.

Rebels fans last saw their team play at home in a 45-28 win over the Huskers. This marked the third game in a row that the Rebels put up 45 or more points. This impressive stretch put the Rebels head-and-shoulders above the rest of the BCFC in points for, with 245.  The Rebels’ phenomenal run game has been the main reason for their success on offense. Helped by a big, physical offensive line, Jamel Lyles has put up remarkable numbers so far this year. Through six games, Lyles has rushed for 1066 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per carry with nine touchdowns. Trey Campbell has also made his carries pay off; he is third in the BCFC with 494 yards on just 40 attempts.  The Rebels have split quarterback duties between Scott Borden and Ashton Mackinnon, who have both been efficient.  Borden has gone 38 for 69 for 674 yards with five touchdowns, and Mackinnon has 33 for 61 for 579 yards with five touchdowns. Borden and Mackinnon posses the two highest passer ratings in the BCFC besides Rebels punter/defensive lineman Kent Hicks, who has only attempted one pass. Receiver Nathaniel Pinto has only played three games this year, but he has been a favourite target of late. He has eight catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

The Sun come into this game in first place with a 6-0 record. This game marks a huge opportunity for the Rebels to enter into a tie for first place as they try to continue to emerge as the team to beat in the BCFC. The Rebels coaching staff was displeased with the team’s previous effort against the Sun, and they should be hungry to avenge their previous loss. Both teams should be well rested after they  have had 14 days to recover after their last games.

Sun Scouting Report

Along with the second best offence in the league, the Sun are tied with the Langley Rams in points allowed in the BCFC with 94. On offense, Foster Martens has received most of the playing time at quarterback. So far, he has gone 61 for 96 for 785 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Lliam Wishart has been Martens’ top target with 24 receptions for 373 yards and two touchdowns. Brendan Hansen has been the feature running back, rushing for 382 yards on 77 carries.

 

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