September 23, 2017 Langley, BC (ISN) – The BCFC playoff picture became clearer in week nine action as the Westshore Rebels rallied from a third quarter, sixteen point deficit and debilitating penalties, to defeat the Langley Rams 33-28 at McLeod Stadium Saturday, improving to 7-1 on the season.
For the Charly Chardilicchia-coached Rebels, the win sets a new, regular season, club record for the most wins in a regular season to date. Bettering last year’s Cullen Cup Championship team coached under ex-head coach JC Boice, this year’s version of Rebels is on pace for a possible 9-1 record, their only loss coming at the hand of the Okanagan Sun in game one of the season.
With two games remaining, next week against the winless Valley Huskers, and the season finale against the Sun, the Rebels will have their eyes on rewriting the Westshore Rebels history books.
Against the Rams Saturday D’Saun Greenaway would score two receiving touchdowns for the Rebel’s, while the rushing combination of Trey Campbell and QB Scott Borden would each add a TD on a combined effort of 192 yards. Borden would fittingly score the winning TD for his 176-yard passing effort to go along with his 99 yards on the ground.
“ I have to say Scott’s gamesmanship is second to none”, Coach Cardilicchia would comment when asked of his QB’s performance. “He’s warming at just the right time”.
A sparsely attended game from McLeod Stadium, those in attendance were treated to a football spectacle perhaps not seen for some time. The Rams, looking to improve their already guaranteed fourth place playoff position, had everything to gain from a Rebels loss and came out playing like a team on a mission under newly appointed, interim Ram’s alumni head coach Jeff Alamolhoda.
Able to take field advantage courtesy of undisciplined Rebel’s play, the Rams, under the field direction of QB Rylan Matters, would jump out to a 16 point lead on a pair of rushing touchdowns by Joe Carter and another major by Colby Peters to shock the visiting island team.
The Rebels, unable to keep ball possession long enough to mount any sort of viable attack, would settle for a lone touchdown by D’Saun Greenaway, Kyle Clark field goal, and a rouge on a missed convert.
Assessed a Rebel first half nine penalties, and defensive player ejection for a total 173 negative yards, the Langley Rams would dominate on both sides of the ball in the first half of play as Rebel’s player’s emotions would draw the continuous attention of the officials.
Troubled by excessive penalties all season, the Rebels would once again fall victim of their own misplay, falling behind 27-11 at the half.
If playing through the adversity makes a team stronger then Rebels must have welcomed the opportunity to be called out by the officials as the Rebels would mount an impressive comeback late in the third quarter, holding the home team to one point in the 2nd half, while running up 22 points of their own to take charge.
With just four minutes remaining in the third quarter Rebels would hit their stride mounting an amazing comeback as running back Trey Campbell, and newly added RB Brad Inness would pay dividends breaking down the Rams defense to move the ball downfield and into Langley’s territory.
QB Borden would throw thirty-seven yard strike to a streaking D’Saun Greenway on a slant over the middle to threaten. Greenaway, no stranger to what to do with the ball after the reception, would beat his defender for another fifteen yards, rolling into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game to begin the Rebels comeback 27-17.
The Rebels defense, “adjusting “ to their penalty dilemma, would start to break down the Rams offensive line, as numerous Rebels would start to pressure Ram’s QB Matters. Minimizing their penalty yards assessed accruing sixty yards in the second half, the Rebels pressure would hold the Rams to a mere ten yards total offense in the second half. Defensive lineman Leonardo Ingram would sack Ram’s QB Matters twice and Ovie Akpenye would also record a sack in the turnaround effort.
The Rebels would continue to press in the fourth quarter on both sides of the ball in a balanced attack. Defensively, Rebel notable lineman Jeremie Drouin and Chris Larsen would prove invaluable in keeping Ram’s QB Matters guessing with their continuous pressure on the pig skin.
Scott Borden, seemingly able to run the ball with impunity, would first set up Trey Campbell for his second rushing TD of the game from short yardage, scoring to make it a 28-24 game after a missed Ram’s field goal would produce a rouge for a single point for the home side with eleven minutes remaining.
Borden would take his team the length of the field on their next possession, backing up the Ram’s defense to their own one-yard line. A resilient Ram’s defense would force the Rebels into a fourth down and goal possession at the three-minute warning.
Scott Borden, calling his own number, would stab the ball over his offensive line and across the goal plane in what would be ultimately be the winning touch down and a 33-28 comeback win in favor of the Westshore Rebels.
Post-game ISN sat down with HC Chardilicchia and asked how he feels about his successful record in his first year as Head Coach, and bettering, to date, the record set after the departure of Boice in an 8-1-1 winning season last year.
Cardilicchia was candid in saying, “ First of all, JC Boice left some really big shoes to fill, and I haven’t filled those shoes by any means yet. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to use a lot of our returning players and keep our team together under Coach Beatty. To overcome what JC Boice has done I don’t think is really my goal, but to really move forward with what he laid down. Much respect for him, and I think that if we go 9-1 we host another Cullen Cup, and then go to the National Championships and take care of business there, then I think I’ve done a good job.”
The Rebels travel to Chilliwack next Saturday to meet the Huskers before returning home against the Okanagan Sun October 7th in a potential showdown for first place and the regular season championship.