August 26, 2017 Langford, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels climbed into sole position of second place in the BCFC with a 51-13 win over the visiting 0-5 Valley Huskers of Chilliwack Saturday at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC.
Rebels Biranhu Yitna would score two third quarter TD’s on the arm of Westshore’s starting QB Scott Borden, and add a third in the final frame to lift the home side to the win.
Trey Campbell and back up QB Cole Theobald would add rushing TD’s in the fourth quarter in a second half offensive performance that saw the Rebels explode for five TD’s over the final thirty minutes of play.
The Husker’s Abbotsford native Keegan Vicklund would provide the lone TD for the valley team, eventually punching in a first quarter TD from a Noah Falconer handoff after four red zone attempts from the one-yard line would be turned aside by a defiant, yet frustrated, Rebels defensive line. Falconer, the Huskers veteran QB, would settle for 151 yards on 9-35 throwing and one interception on the afternoon.
The Rebels, their own worst enemy, were slow out of the gates, enduring a first half penalty “flag-fest” that saw the winless Huskers take a 10-3 lead after the opening quarter of play on the first major of the game from Keegan Vicklund, after trading field goals, to set Rebels fans back in their seats in a game that many envisioned would be an afternoon scrimmage for a talented Rebels squad against a Husker team that is still looking to find a foothold in the BCFC this season.
Penalties and a resilient Husker defense would frustrate Westshore. Unable to get to the end zone, the Rebels would not only have to contend with the Huskers defense but also a myriad of penalties assessed to themselves by the men in black and white stripes. The Rebels, with 110 penalty yards in the first half, would finish the afternoon with 232 yards total in negative yardage to hamper their offensive efforts.
When asked about his team’s penalty woes, Head Coach Charly Cardilicchia would acknowledge some offensive line changes that perhaps didn’t work in favour of his team. “Our experiment changing our centre wasn’t as explosive on some of our plays we like to run. When we put CK ( Christian Krause ) back at centre that was a big difference maker for us. I think that’s what kind of hindered us in the first quarter. I don’t think that little experiment got us flowing like we had to. Athlete against athlete we have some of the best players in the league, and if we can nullify the stuff that hurts us ( like penalties) we will be very hard to beat.”
Rebels kicker Kyle Clark, providing the only offensive scoring for the Rebel red and white in the first twenty-five minutes of play, would keep his team within striking distance of the lead until Austin Lindbrow would take a Scott Borden pass for a TD with five minutes remaining to pull in front of the Huskers 14-10 at the halftime mark.
The Huskers would chip away at the Rebels lead with a Danny Harris eighteen yard field goal to open the third quarter to pull to within a single of tying the game 14-13 before Westshore’s Yitna would break loose, scoring two of his three touchdowns courtesy of the throwing arm of QB Borden. Borden would punctuate the offensive Rebel restart with a forty-nine yard pass over the middle to Yitna.
Borden, showing amazing touch and field vision with the ball all game, would finish with 202 yards, on 9-23 attempts and four touchdowns in the contest. Rebels, with a little breathing room, would jump out to a 27-13 lead to start the final quarter.
Kyle Clark’s golden boot would be called upon again to start the fourth quarter after the Rebels would be stalled again by an emboldened Husker defensive line. Kicking from the Husker forty-six yard line, Clark would make good on his attempt, seemingly sinking the spirits of an otherwise gritty Chilliwack squad. Clark, equal to the task each game, has connected from beyond the forty-yard line for the third time in as many weeks when called upon, his longest from forty-seven yards.
Rebel’s Yitna would seal the win, taking the ball from Borden in the backfield, running away from the Husker secondary from 35 yards out to give the Rebels a now-comfortable 30-13 lead.
Back up QB Cole Theobald, inserted into the game for Borden, would orchestrate some of his own magic in closing minutes of the game. Not to be denied a touchdown in the game, an otherwise held-quiet Trey Campbell would carry the ball for short yardage to record the Rebels fourth touchdown in the game.
A Rebel’s kick off fumble recovery after Campbell’s score would put Theobald and his offense within striking distance one last time. Theobald, showing his own running ability would put his stamp on the Rebel’s win with a twenty-seven-yard keeper, diving into the house for the touchdown and a 51-13 victory.
Cardilicchia would acknowledge the play of the Huskers team post game. “Kudos to Coach Bob Reist and his club. It’s tough to get up (to play with intensity) when your winless, but they came here ready to scrap and played a good game in the first half and for most of the second until we made some adjustments and started to calm down.”