REBELS DEFEAT BRONCOS IN “DOUBLE OR NOTHING” WIN

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September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) - Bronco's QB VanKoughnett feels the pressure from Rebel's defender Jamiel Moore-Williams - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

 

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Starting QB Mason Brown and back up Ashton MacKinnon, sharing passing duties, would throw for a combined 353 yards and four touchdowns to help their Westshore Rebels defeat the Kamloops Broncos 34-20, reshaping the BCFC mid -season standings with a “unique” four point win Saturday afternoon at Westhills Stadium.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) -  Rebels celebrate a team win post game. - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Rebels celebrate a team win post game. – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

Three weeks ago, after the cancellation of a Rebels’ road game to Hillside Stadium in Kamloops due to poor air quality from forest fires in the interior of B.C., the British Columbia Football League decided to make, what was to be the second meeting between the two teams, as a winner take all in the series and count Saturday’s game as a four point win for the victor.

For the winless, 0-6 Broncos, the loss begins to dim any playoff hopes after taking the “two games for one” defeat.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) - Rebel's defender Rashaun Provo is stopped on his way the Bronco's QB VanKoughnett - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Rebel’s defender Rashaun Provo is stopped on his way the Bronco’s QB VanKoughnett – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

The Rebels, under new head coach Shane Beatty, would come out Saturday looking to put the train back on the tracks after a distracting past three weeks saw players suspended by the BCFC and their season-starting head coach Charly Cardilicchia resign amid comments made public about the decision-making process of the league.

It didn’t take long for that train to find the tracks in the game and to the end zone Saturday as the Rebels would open the scoring against a team that has been outscored 48-186 over the past five games.

Rebels RB Khaliel James, having another outstanding game for his team, would open the scoring only two minutes into the game rushing the ball into the Bronco’s house for the major to give Westshore a 7-0 lead early.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) -  RB Khaliel James splits the defense for extra yards. - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – RB Khaliel James splits the defense for extra yards. – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

James, doing the bulk of the work carrying the ball, would run for 85 yards to lead all rushers on both sides of the ball in the game to go along with his touchdown.

After a Bronco fumble in their own end, Rebels would take advantage to extend their early lead with a Kyle Clarke field goal to shore up their lead 10-0. Clarke’s leg would be true to the mark all game, going 4-4 on extra point conversions and 2-2 from field goal range.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) -  Rebel's kicker Kyle Clarke would be perfect from the field on conversions (4-4) and field goals ( 2-2). - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Rebel’s kicker Kyle Clarke would be perfect from the field on conversions (4-4) and field goals ( 2-2). – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

Broncos would finally reply, as Kamloops’ QB Reid Vankoughnett would march his team down field for his first of two TD strikes in the game with only 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter, pulling within a field goal of knotting the score 10-7.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) -  Bronco's QB VanKoughnett looks for the quick hand off as Rebel's pressure closes in. - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Bronco’s QB VanKoughnett looks for the quick hand off as Rebel’s pressure closes in. – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

Rebels, firing on all cylinders, would take a 17 point lead in the second quarter on a pair of TD’s in a much needed offensive effort that has been sporadic so far this season. Starting QB Mason Brown would throw to Cody Holmes over the middle from inside the Bronco’s end on a thirty-seven yard touchdown catch and run play to open the second quarter.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) -  Rebel's Cody Williams pulls down this reception on his way to the end zone - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Rebel’s Cody Williams pulls down this reception on his way to the end zone – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

Newly acquired back up QB Ashton MacKinnon, sharing QB duties in the game, would next find a streaking Nathan Failto downfield, airing out a seventy-five yard catch and run play to cap the Rebels offensive explosion, giving the home team a commanding 24-7 lead to close out the quarter’s scoring.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) -  Rebel's back up QB Ashton MacKinnon would contribute to his team's offense with 135 yards passing and 2 TD's. - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Rebel’s back up QB Ashton MacKinnon would contribute to his team’s offense with 135 yards passing and 2 TD’s. – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

The Rebels alumni and Mt Doug High School graduate MacKinnon, in his second game back as a Rebel, would look sharp throwing for 135 yards in the game.

The Bronco’s would show some determination to open the third quarter, marching the ball down field, but would be turned aside by the Rebels defense and have to settle for a field goal and a 24-10 deficit.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) -  The Rebel's defense, tru to the cause, would hold Kamloops to 197 yards net offense. - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – The Rebel’s defense, tru to the cause, would hold Kamloops to 197 yards net offense. – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

Showing some added determination, Kamloops would pin the Rebels deep in their own end, forcing Westshore to give up two points on a touchback to make the game interesting going into the final frame with a 24-12 score.

Both teams would trade touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Rebel’s rusher Kaine Stevenson, breaking multiple tackles, would find his way twenty-six yards to the end zone with eleven minutes remaining to give his team a 31-12 lead.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) -  Rebels Kaine Stevenson runs through multiple Bronco defenders for a TD - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Rebels Kaine Stevenson runs through multiple Bronco defenders for a TD – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

The Bronco’s would take advantage of a soft Rebel’s defense late in the quarter, finding the end zone for the touchdown, and adding a two-point conversion in a gritty, eight point effort with only two minutes remaining in the game for a 31-20 margin.

Broncos Andrew Pocrnic  Erich Eichhorn

Rebel’s kicker Kyle Clarke would close out the scoring in the game with a field goal to give the Rebel’s a much-needed 34-20 victory.

Defensively, the Rebels would play much of the game with same aggressive, nose for the ball type of play that has much been the reason for some of their team’s early season successes.

Rebels Byron MacKinnon and Kaine Stevenson would be the thorn under the Bronco’s saddle as both would combine for eight tackles, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Lineman Leonardo Ingram would also sack Bronco’s QB Vankoughnett twice for lost yardage.

September 15, 2018  Langford, BC ( ISN ) - Rebel's defender Rashaun Provo is stopped on his way the Bronco's QB VanKoughnett - Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )
September 15, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – Rebel’s defender Rashaun Provo is stopped on his way the Bronco’s QB VanKoughnett – Erich Eichhorn photo ( www,allsportmedia.ca )

Vankoughnett would finish the game throwing 14-35 for 269 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.

Not to be completely satisfied with his team’s effort on the afternoon but happy for the win, Beatty would comment post game, “ It should have been a 43-14 score, but you know a win is a win. We’ll take it. We have some work to do.”

2017 Copyright  Langford, BC (ISN) -   File Photo : Rebel's  HC Shane Beatty celebrates  - Image by Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
2017 Copyright Langford, BC (ISN) – File Photo : Rebel’s HC Shane Beatty celebrates – Image by Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Next up, the Rebels will play the Langley Rams September 22nd at Westhills Stadium in a matchup that could also prove valuable for each team as they hunt for playoff territory.

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