October 18th, 2021 Victoria, BC (ISN) - Battle lines drawn, Rams would in the war, but Rebels one their fair share of the battles - Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

October 18, 2021 Victoria, BC (ISN) – A depleted Westshore Rebels football team fell 34-7 to the BCFC league-leading Langley Rams at Starlight Stadium in Langford, BC Saturday night, setting up what will be an all-important 2 game regular season finale for the Rebels as they look to steal away the fourth and final playoff berth in the shortened 2021 football season.

October 18th, 2021 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Rams second half defense would be the difference in the game for the victory – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

It was an impressive defensive first half for the Rebels against the Rams, holding the high-flying visitors close going into halftime only trailing 11-7.   Neither team was able to find the endzone through the first quarter due to some great defensive work on both sides of the ball. The Rebels would find their lead in the second quarter scoring on a rushing TD when backup quarterback Simon Hales, replacing the absent starting QB Colby Henkel, would engineer his team downfield on the legs of running back Zach Lubin.

October 18th, 2021 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Backup QB Simon Hales would get his chance to start his first CJFL game versus the Rams in the absence of regular season starter Colby Henkel – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Rebel’s Demar Hohnstein would carry the rock from one yard out to punch the ball across the line for the Rebels’ only major of the game. The Rams would counter with their own major in the same quarter, taking the 4-point lead into the halftime locker room.

October 18th, 2021 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Rebels’ Ben Pierik sacrifices a little contact to get past the Rams offensive lineman – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Despite the amiable effort of Rebels QB Hales, thrust into his first CJFL game of his young career, the Rebels would not be able to find the endzone in the second half as the Ram’s defensive core would appear to make second half adjustments on the ball to shut down any possible Rebel success, with the exception of the power rushing prowess of Zach Lubin to carry his team down the field with some regularity.  Lubin would carry the ball a game-high 28 times for 119 yards, making up most of the Rebels 133 yards net offensive game total.

October 18th, 2021 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Rebels RB Zach Lubin breaks through for a total fo 119 yards on 28 carries – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

Despite glimmers of defensive resilience in the Rebels, including a 2-interception performance by defensive back Isaiah Cardilicchia, the Rebels would not have an answer to the Rams offense, giving up 22 points in the second half including a kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half and a pair of long-ball receptions resulting in scoring drives.  Ram’s receiver Daniel Kubongo would shine with 222 yards receiving on four pass receptions, and 2 touchdowns to help lift his team to the victory.

October 18th, 2021 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Rams’ receiver Daniel Kubongo would take this over the should long bomb to the house for one of his 2 TD’s on the night to go along with his 222 yards receiving – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
October 18th, 2021 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Rebels Defensive back Isaiah Cardillichia would stick close to his Rams opponents to rack up a game-high 2 interceptions in the game – Erich Eichhorn ( www.allsportmedia.ca)

With two games remaining, the Rebel’s, sitting an equal number of games out of the fourth and final playoff berth, will now be a must-win, do or die scenario starting this Saturday versus the VI Raiders (2-4) in a home game at Starlight Stadium, and then travel to Kamloops to take on the last place Kamloops Broncos (0-6).

The Rebels defeated the Broncos in their first season match up by a 50-14 margin, potentially making their match up against their island rival VI Raiders the game to watch.

Game time versus the Raiders is Saturday, October 23rd at 7pm at Starlight Stadium in Langford, BC.  Bring your noise maker and cheer the Rebels to a victory.

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SOURCEErich Eichhorn