August 6, 2017 Nanaimo, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels relied on fourth quarter heroics to defeat Vancouver Island Raiders 27-25 and take their first win of the young BCFC football season posting a 1-1 record.
The Rebel’s QB Scott Borden Jr., throwing 16/27 and 219 yards, would take the field against Raider’s Jake Laberge. Laberge, signed on as the Raider’s backup QB at the beginning of the season and thrust into the starting position with the seasons’ loss of starter Jamie Yabarra, would throw 21/36 for 292 yards in the Raider’s loss.
For the Rebels, their come from behind win marks the first time the Westshore Rebels have ever one on Raider’s turf. The Raiders, sharing near-perennial Cullen Cup contenders with the Okanagan Sun until last year’s Rebels coup, posted their first loss of the season, joining four other teams sharing a 1-1 record as teams look to find their team chemistry.
Head Coach Charly Cardilicchia said post game after the Suns loss that special teams would be a focus of the week leading up to the Raiders meeting and it would be special teams that would play an instrumental parts of a Rebel’s fourth quarter resurgence that would lift the Westshore team to the win.
After falling behind 14-3 to the Raiders in the second quarter, the Rebels would find the house after Rebels QB Scott Borden Jr. would take his team 109 yards to score the major with 31 seconds remaining to make a game of it behind 14-10 going into the half.
The third quarter would belong to the defensive lines of both teams. The Westshore Rebels would threaten in the third from the Raiders four yard line, but would be denied entry to the end zone when RB Rebels Raishaun Provo would be stopped at the line of scrimmage by DL Quinto Bowles of the Raiders.
The Raiders would enjoy a precarious 14-10 lead to the start final quarter, but that lead would be short-lived, as the Rebels would put their second TD of the game on the board early in the quarter to jump out to a 17-14 lead.
Still much a defensive battle on both sides of the ball, the Rebels would seem to get the better of the Raiders forcing three turnovers on loss of downs to tilt the field in their favour. A Raider’s field goal by kicker James Parker would knot the game at 17-17 with ten minute remaining on the clock.
With time becoming a factor in the game, the Rebels would outscore the Raiders by an 11-8 margin in an offensive barrage of scoring. Rebel’s kicker Kyle Clark, true to the mark, would start the scoring drive with his second field goal of the game to go along with his three conversions, for a 20-17 lead.
Rebel’s Chris Larsen, given the play of the game, would pick up a blocked Raider’s punt and run thirty yards for the touchdown to propel the Rebels into a comfortable 27-17 lead. The Raiders offense, not giving in to the loss would find the end zone one final time, but fall short to catch the Rebels. The Rebels would outscore the Raiders 17-11 in the final quarter to lift the south island team to their first win of the season. For Rebels Head Coach Cardilicchia, the win marks his first as a BCFC Head Coach.
The Rebel’s return to the BC interior next weekend to play the Kamloops Broncos, ahead of their home opener August 19th at the newly-turfed Westhills Stadium.