Rebels Struggle To Find Offense In Loss To Rams

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September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – The Westshore Rebels, unable to find their offensive game, suffered a crucial loss with three games remaining in the season, falling to the resurgent Langley Rams 27-3 Saturday at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C.

September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) - Rebel's would be limited to just 103 yards rushing despite the best efforts of Kaine Stevenson - Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) – Rebel’s would be limited to just 103 yards rushing despite the best efforts of Rebel’s Kaine Stevenson – Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Marked by the absence of Rebels’ starting QB Mason Brown and star running back Khaliel James, both with undisclosed injuries, the inopportune loss would come as the rest of the BCFC turn the league standings upside down with unexpected, and expected, victories in a show of league parity not seen in recent memory.

August 11, 2018 ( ISN) - Starting Rebel's QB Mason Brown tries to pick a receiver. Brown, having to pick himself up frequently in the game would still finish with 203 yards passing despite the pressure - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
September 21, 2018 ( ISN) – File Photo : Starting Rebel’s QB Mason Brown – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

With the top five teams separated by only two points and four games remaining in the regular season, a win for the Rebel’s would have given themselves a big leg up in the standings with three potentially difficult games remaining, two of which are on the road in Kelowna and Chilliwack in the remaining weekends to come.

Langley Ram’s RB Max Joseph would provide all the offense the Rams needed, dominating the field with all three of his team’s touchdowns while running for a game high 226 yards. Rams would add a field goal, a touchback and a single to round out their scoring.

September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) - Ram's Max Joseph would score all three of this team;s TD's, running for 226 yards in the game to frustrate the Rebels - Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) – Ram’s Max Joseph would score all three of this team;s TD’s, running for 226 yards in the game to frustrate the Rebels – Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Despite the efforts of recently returned Rebel alumni QB Ashton MacKinnon, and the two-way play of RB Kaine Stevenson and Cody Holmes, the Rebels offense would threaten at times in the Langley end but would fall short of scoring in the game, unable to convert field position to points as penalties and inconsistent play would plague Westshore all afternoon.

September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) - Rebel's starting QB Ashton MacKinnon take off after feeling the pressure from the Ram's defense. MacKinnon would rush for sixty-five all-purpose yards - Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) – Rebel’s starting QB Ashton MacKinnon take off after feeling the pressure from the Ram’s defense. MacKinnon would rush for sixty-five all-purpose yards – Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Unnecessary penalties, reigned in in the past few outings, would return to the Rebel’s game against the Rams as frustrations would mount. The Rebels would be assessed five unnecessary roughness penalties in the game, sixteen penalties in the final half alone to factor in the loss.

Westshore Rebels Nick Falito Erich Eichhorn

MacKinnon would struggle to find his rhythm in front of the Rams defense, throwing a respectable 15-25 completions for 165 yards, but give up four turnovers on interceptions for his efforts. MacKinnon, not afraid to carry the rock, would lead his team in rushing with sixty-five yards in an effort to make up for the absence of RB Khaliel James.

September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) - Rebel's starting QB Ashton MacKinnon, with his 6'6" frame would do well to see his receivers but would feel the Rams pressure to throw four interceptions in the game - Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) – Rebel’s starting QB Ashton MacKinnon, with his 6’6″ frame would do well to see his receivers but would feel the Rams pressure to throw four interceptions in the game – Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Rebel’s Cody Holmes would impress throughout the game, recording two, game-leading interceptions in the first half of play in momentum changers that would give the Rebels much needed field position. Holmes would also lead the team in pass receiving with sixty-five yards caught on two catches, the longest on a forty-three yard strike from MacKinnon over the middle of the field to threaten the Rams defense.

September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) - Rebel's Cody Holmes gave his team both offense and defence with two interceptions and int game and a third that was called back on a penalty - Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) – Rebel’s Cody Holmes gave his team both offense and defence with two interceptions and int game and a third that was called back on a penalty – Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

RB Kaine Stevenson would provide much of the Rebel’s positive yardage for his team, picking up the slack for his missing teammate in James, posting 83 yards total offense on the ground and through the air via Mackinnon.

September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) - Rebel's Kaine Stevenson would run this ball out of the back field for extra yards upfield holding off the Rams defender- Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) – Rebel’s Kaine Stevenson would run this ball out of the back field for extra yards upfield holding off the Rams defender- Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Rebel’s defense would have to contend with the balanced play of Rams QB Duncan Little in the first half, who’s improved efforts of late have made the Langley team a potential post-season playoff contender.

Little would engineer two first half scoring drives, one for a touchdown and another for a conceded field goal, before being knocked out of the game after a blind-side quarterback sack by Rebel’s defensive back Jason Pyper, in an aggressive move to the ball to beat Ram’s chosen “running back turned offensive lineman” Dillon Cusker.

September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) - Rebel's Ram's starting QB Duncan Little would be sacked by Rebels Jason Pyper late in the second quarter and not return to the game - Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
September 22, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN ) – Rebel’s Ram’s starting QB Duncan Little would be sacked by Rebels Jason Pyper late in the second quarter and not return to the game – Erich EIchhorn photo ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Backup QB Tristan Yanciw, inserted into the game in place of Little, would orchestrate two more majors on the legs of Joseph in the second half to run away with the win.

The Rebels, now holding a 3-3-1 record, sit just outside playoff contention in fifth place in the standings, but despite the placing only three points separate them from a first place finish in the season with three games remaining.

The Rebel’s will now travel to Chilliwack to take on the 4-3 Valley Huskers Saturday September 29th, looking for a road to keep pace with the rest of the British Columbia Football League.

 

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