October 22, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – The British Columbia Football Conference announced their Player of the Year awards Saturday morning, recognizing BCFC players for twelve awards for their outstanding accomplishments over the 2016 regular season.
The Westshore Rebels offensive linemen Christian Krause, and running back Jamel Lyles were both honored for their contribution to lifting the Rebels to the Cullen Cup final with an 8-1-1 regular season record under Head Coach of the Year JC Boice, who was given that distinction the same day. Dustin Rodriquez, of the VI Raiders, rounded out island recognition as Top Outstanding Receiver in 2016.
For the 6’6”, 305 lb Krause, his dominating play on the line all year was an integral part of the Rebels offense in turning aside opponents defensive pressure on the ball for QB Ashton MacKinnon and helping open running lanes for fellow Offensive Player of the Year Jamel Lyles.
Rebels running back Jamel Lyles received a pair of awards as Top Offensive Player of the Year and Top Outstanding Offensive Back in the BCFC in 2016. Lyles, breaking the BCFC single season rushing record with 1604 yards, was instrumental in a successful Westshore Rebels offense this year crossing the goal line 15 times, with an average 160 yards rushing per game. The Rebels would lead the league in rushing yards per game, averaging 284 yards. The Langley Rams, 2nd on the year would average a mere 171 yards in comparison.
In a prepared statement for ISN, Lyles would comment on his awards. “ It’s always an honor getting any type of award so I am truly greatful, but I always set my standards high and I don’t really settle for anything less than what I know I am capable of.”
Looking ahead to the business of the BCFC Cullen Cup championship against the Okanagan Sun October 29, Lyles seemed quick to shift gears as he has done to so many would be tacklers this season, making it known where his drive and mental focus lies despite the awards. “ It’s time to finish the job ( Cullen Cup and Canadian Bowl Championship ) cause at the end of the day people remember the winners, not the losers.
Dustin Rodriquez of the VI Raiders pulled down the Top Receiver award. Rodriquez, known for getting behind the opponent’s secondary and pulling in the ball with sure hands would lead the league with 51 receptions for 941 yards on the season, and an average 18.5 yards per catch. The veteran catcher has been a regular weapon and threat for the Raider’s offense.