October 7th, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Chilliwack Huskers would rock the Westshore Rebels for three special team, kick off return touchdowns to eliminate the Rebels team from playoff contention with a 52-38 victory in an offensive shoot out at Westhills Stadium Saturday afternoon.
In a must win match up, the Rebels, despite an anemic offense most of the season, would find their offensive touch last weekend with the return of ex-head coach JC Boice, stepping into the roll of Offensive Coordinator for the last three games of the season. Unfortunately it would be too little, too late for the newly-coached side as the ever-resilient Huskers offense would go toe-to-toe with the Rebels, replying with their own majors every time the Rebels would look to climb back in to the game.
Special teams defensive coverage would prove the Rebels Achilles heal; giving up three Husker touchdowns to kick off returns to negate any positive offensive momentum the Rebels would have to offer.
The Rebels defensive, strong most of the season, would do all the could do to limit a gutty and determined Huskers QB in Julian Whytinck, putting him to the ground countless times, each time being pickup off the turf by his teammates looking like he may not return for the next play.
Whytinck, although not overly impressive in the stats passing department, would orchestrate seven touchdowns in the game, including one of his own. Rebels’ Mason Brown, doing his best to he
lp his team find a winning result, would pass for 275 yards on 25/39 completions, three touchdowns, but also throw two interceptions.
Both sides would struggle early in the first quarter to find their scoring touch. The Huskers would mark the board first with a field goal after the Rebels defense would stand up the pressing, ground game of Chilliwack mid-way through the first quarter of play 0-3.
Rebel’s D’Saun Greenaway, in his last year of eligibility would receive for his first of three TD’s in the game to put his team temporarily in the lead 7-3 to start a second quarter, however would be the Huskers that would control the momentum the remainder of the second frame in an offensive explosion that saw teams combine for a total of forty-nine points in that frame alone.
The Rebels lead would be short-lived, as the Huskers would put on a four-touchdown performance, including a pair by Brandon Poulin to retake the lead. The Huskers, take advantage of poor special teams coverage by the Rebels, would also return two kick off returns for touch downs, setting the Rebels back on their heals to post a 31-21 lead going into the locker room. Rebel’s D’Saun Greenaway would add to his 3 touchdown total with his second, a thirty-four yard pass reception, and Khaliel James would find daylight through Husker defenders to rush for a TD with four seconds remaining in the half to try and keep pace with the runaway Huskers.
The Rebel’s, perhaps frustrated by the Husker success, would fall victim to the penalty bug that was once common earlier in the season, setting up the Huskers on the Rebel ten-yard line.
Husker’s QB Whytinck would call his own number, carrying the ball into the end zone for the touchdown with five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Rebel’s goal kicker Kyle Clarke would add a thirty-nine yard boot through the uprights in reply to make it a two touchdown game for the Rebels 38-24.
A Rebel’s interception on the Huskers with three minutes remaining in the third would help the Rebels gain favorable field position going into the fourth quarter.
Looking like the Rebels would have to settle for a field goal on a third and long situation to start the fourth quarter, Westshore would activate place kick holder / quarterback Ashton Mackinnon to fake the field goal attempt and throw a touchdown pass to Rebels freshman Isaiah Cardilicchia, his first of his CJFL career, to pull within a touch down of knotting the score 31-38.
Huskers would once again reply on the ensuing kickoff, as Shamar Thomas would return the ball to the house to deflate the surging Rebels, to take a 31-45 lead.
Teams would exchange touchdowns in an offensive explosion that would see Rebels D’Saun Greenaway score his third touchdown in the game, and the Huskers would reply with their third kick-off return touchdown to post a 38-52 score with only six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter in what would prove to be the final score in favor of a Chilliwack Huskers victory.
The Rebels will close out the season on the road in Kelowna next weekend against the league leading Okanagan Sun, a team the Rebels drew a tie with in game two of the season.
A stalwart effort is to be expected by Westshore, looking to finish out the season on a winning note against a first place team. With sights set early on what next season will bring the Langford-based team both on the field with changes to player personnel and possible coaching staff, it will be a very interesting off season to follow and revisit once again when spring camp reopens in 2019.