August 20, 2017 Langford, B.C. (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels of the British Columbia Football Conference improved to 3-1 on the season with a dominating 29-5 win over the visiting Langley Rams in their season home opener Saturday afternoon at Westhills Stadium.
Nearing the mid-season mark, the Rebel’s looked to be firing on all cylinders Saturday in a game that appeared to be as complete a game played so far this season for the 2016 Cullen Cup champs. Trey Campbell’s three touchdown performance would prove the catalyst in what was otherwise considered a team victory.
Pleased with the win, Rebel’s head coach Charly Cardilicchia would leave room for improvement despite the team victory. “ I really feel we are just scratching the surface. I think the boys are really starting to understand what we are capable of. If we clean up the penalties and the special teams we could have hung fifty on them (Langley Rams). If we clean up those things, I believe there isn’t a team that can hang with us.”
Leading the conference with 602 penalty yards assessed over four games, penalties may very well be the Rebel’s Achilles heal that the coaching staff will look to address moving forward.
The Ram’s would score early in the first quarter in a Kyle Clarot field goal to pull close in a Rebels 7-3 lead but the home side would prove relentless, scoring the next 22 points on the athleticism of RB Trey Campbell and the foot of kicker Kyle Clark, who for the second week in a row would kick field goals from beyond the 40 yard mark. The Ram’s would benefit from a Clarot safety in the second quarter, but would be turned aside the rest of the game.
Rebels starting QB Scott Borden, working behind an offensive line bolstered by the last weeks addition of local talent 6’7” 305 lb Dante Bull, would generate a balanced attack, generating 363 yards net offense, for 185 yards on 10/25 passing in the victory.
The win not only marked what most would say was the most complete game so far for the Charly Cardiliccha – coached Rebels, but also the return of all star running back Trey Campbell.
Campbell, sitting out the last two games sidelined with an injury in game one against the Okanagan Sun, dominated the game with a three-touchdown performance, rushing for two touchdowns out of the backfield, and his third a downfield for a pass reception TD carried to the house for the win.
“It was a Trey Campbell day, “ Coach Cardilicchia would comment post game. “He didn’t get enough carries in the Okanagan, and he has been out since so I really wanted to get him back on track.”
With no fewer than two Rams defenders on his back every time he carried the ball, Campbell would account for all three majors in the game, impressing with 265 all-purpose yards to frustrate the Rams secondary.
On his 3 TD performance Campbell would humbly deflect credit,” I think it’s just a warm-up. The O-line clicked, receivers clicked with some amazing blocks up front and I just had to hit the hole hard. I’m just excited to be back and contributing to the team.”
The Rebel’s defensive line, playing their best game of the season to date was key in pressuring Rams QB Colby Peters, who despite keeping pace with his Rebels counter-part with 134 yards passing would have trouble finding his rhythm under the defensive pressure, unable to connect with his downfield receivers when needing a spark.
Falling behind the Rebels on the Ram’s rushing attack with only 52 yards total, Peters would turn over the ball on downs four times, throw one interception, and be sacked twice in the game despite his best efforts under the Rebels defensive pressure.
Defensively, Rebel’s Chris Larson, Daniel Clarke, and 2016 BCFC All Star Kent Hicks would stand out in a game that left Defensive Head Coach Shane Beatty smiling from ear to ear post game.
“We had some adversity and we responded well. We had a few third and short stops, we got after the quarterback, and stopped the run. If they can stay sharp, we’re going to be good.” Beatty, listing off at arms length his defensive standouts, would include Byron MacKinnon. “ Byron MacKinnon just played fantastic for us!”
Home field for the next 2 games may be what the doctor ordered for the Rebels if Saturday’s result is any reflection. Next weekend will be pivotal in the standings as the Rebels, tied with the VI Raiders for second spot, take on the 0-4 Chilliwack Huskers at Westhills Stadium. The Raiders will play host to the 4-0 Okanagan Sun.
Kick off at Westhills Stadium is slated for 3pm