September 10th, 2017 Langford, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels of the British Columbia Football Conference scored five touchdowns to extended their winning streak to five games with a 37-14 win over the visiting Kamloops Broncos.
With the win the 5-1 Rebels keep the pedal down and put pressure on the rest of the league in the standings as the second half of the BCFC season started this weekend around the province. Holding down number two in the standings, the Rebels look to chase down the undefeated, 5-0 Okanagan Sun, in a race that may be decided in their final season game matchup October 7th at Westhills Stadium.
After a slow start against the 1-5 Kamloops Broncos, starting QB Scott Borden, looking to better his Bronco counterpart Colby Henkel, would find his touch, throwing for 2 touchdowns on six of nine attempts for 192 yard passing and commanding his Westshore team to 549 yards net yards offense.
Despite threatening early, both the Rebels and Broncos defense would stall any effort by the opposing side to find the end zone through one quarter of play. The Rebels would depend on the leg of kicker Kyle Clarke to split the uprights to take a 3-0 lead to the 2nd quarter.
Unable to find the his receivers downfield early in the 2nd quarter under a resistant Bronco’s secondary, Borden would use his speed to scamper from mid-field for 41 yards, catching the Bronco’s sitting back on their heals, to set up a 20 yard pass to a diving D’Saun Greenaway in the end zone with eight minutes remaining in the first half to score the first of five majors for the Rebels on a rainy afternoon to go up 10-0.
Borden, perhaps liking what he saw earlier in his receiver, would throw deep downfield for Greenaway again. Running under the Borden strike for the reception, Greenaway’s reception would set up Rebels RB Trey Campbell two plays later, running the rock to the house from the red zone to take a 17-0 lead to the locker room.
A late Rebels fumble on a Broncos punt with two minutes remaining in the half would give Kamloops a crack at the Westshore house from the Rebel 45 yard line but would be turned aside by a Rebel’s defense that did well to contain Broncos junior allstar QB Henkel all game. Henkel would be taken down a total of seven times in the game by the Rebels aggressive defense. Jeremie Drouin, Connor Whitney, Chris Larsen, Bendan Briden, and Ovie Akpeneye would all record sacks to frustrate Henkel and his offensive line.
Henkel, who through for 171 completions for 2186 yards, 17 touchdowns and completed 56.6% of his passes last year, as the 2016 CJFL Rookie of the Year, has struggled this year to find a winning rhythm in the fresh-look Broncos. Henkel would finish Saturday’s game 19/32 for 177 yards passing in a determined game effort.
The Broncos would get to the board early in the third, trying to generate some offensive momentum. Bronco kicker Landon Munk would kick his first of two third quarter field goals in the game to erase the Rebel shutout effort.
The Rebels, with 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter would climb into the drivers seat after a Bronco’s ball possession would be knocked loose on a jarring tackle, and picked up by Tristan Francis on one of two fumble recoveries in the game for the Rebel, all to go along with a QB sack and interception to add to his game day stats.
With the Bronco’s sails seemingly deflated, Borden would strike a nail into Kamloops’ coffin with a 42 yard delivery to Birhanu Yitna at the four minute remaining mark if the third frame. In his sole reception of the game, Yitna made no mistake with the ball, beating the Bronco secondary with perhaps the most important TD of the game, going up 24-6 to close out the quarter.
With Rebels backup QB Cole Theobald inserted into the game in the fourth quarter in relief of Borden, Austin Lindo-Brow would be the lucky recipient of a twenty-eight yard Theobald pass in the back corner of the Bronco end zone to extend the Rebels hold on the lead to 30-6.
The Rebels Cain Stevenson, always strong running with the ball, would rush for the longest gain on the day, exploding out from his team’s own seven yard line for 103 yards after being hemmed in by a penalty to run the sideline length of the field in a final scoring effort to hand a young Kamloops Bronco’s team their six loss of the season.
The Bronco’s would add their sole touchdown of the game with 33 seconds remaining on a QB scramble by Henkel to find Brody Bernier in the end zone.
The Westshore Rebels will finish out their four game home stand with a meeting at Westhills Stadium against the unpredictable VI Raiders of Nanaimo on September 16th at 7 pm. In their first meeting in Nanaimo this season, the Rebels eked out a late win with a fumble recovery returned to the end zone to steal the game in a comeback victory. This final regular season meeting will certainly be one not to miss.