September 15, 2017 Langford, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Rebels successfully defended home field Friday night at Westhills Stadium in a battle of determination and grit, beating the island rival Vancouver Island Raiders of Nanaimo 22-17 to sweep the season series.
With the 4 game undefeated home stand in the books, the Rebels are now undefeated at home in BCFC play since July 24, 2015, holding a 9-0 record at Westhills Stadium.
A packed Westhills Stadium would witness one of the most enduring, heated rivalries in the BCFC Friday night as fans would be entertained by not only a hotly contested gridiron battle, but also a first half bench melee that saw two player ejections and more flags thrown than hanging at the United Nations.
The Rebels would out duel the Raiders putting up 427 yards in the game, 242 of those in the second half alone much on the back of Trey Campbell’s 137 yards rushing.
A strong offensive display by Raider’s QB Jake Laberge, in control of the game’s momentum early would finish with 169 yards passing on a 39 percent pass completion and 314 net yards offense.
After trailing by as much as seven points against a 3-2-1 Raiders team that seemed to dominate the momentum going up 10-3 in the first quarter, the Rebels fans would have reason to breath a sigh of relief, as Rebels QB Scott Borden would find receiver D’Saun Greenaway for a 46 yard reception late in the second quarter for the first Rebels major of the game, taking a 13-10 lead to the locker room.
Greenaway would post 122 yards receiving on six receptions in the game to lead his team.
The Raider’s would regain the lead the lead halfway through the third quarter 17-13 before the Rebels defensive core would come alive, turning away any further Raider scoring opportunity and holding their offense to 132 net yards offense in the second half to turn the momentum in the home team’s favour.
Looking for an offensive spark to pull his team ahead, Borden would entrust the rock with Rebel’s RB Trey Campbell the rest of the game. Campbell, seemingly possessed, would be unstoppable, showing early season form carrying defenders on his back for much needed yardage, would back up a Raiders a defense that dominated most of the earlier game. Campbell would also provide the go ahead and game winning fourth quarter TD .
Campbell would finish the game, after a difficult start, with 23 punishing carries for 137 yards rushing, and the game winning TD.
With time running down, Laberge’s Raiders would get one last shot at the end zone. Throwing downfield, his pass would be picked off by Rebels Maleek Womack, his second interception of the game. Rebel’s would let time run out, take a knee, and the gut check 22-17 victory.