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Westshore Rebels 57
Langley Rams 14
It was the only lopsided game this weekend as the Rebels blasted the Rams with 568 yards of total offence.
The ground game led the charge with 292 yards. Trey Campbell was a monster with 17 carries for 185 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Scott Borden also had a rushing touchdown as did Aden Enns-Horvath.
Through the air Borden was 14 of 26 for 243 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes. Back-up Cole Theobald also saw action with one of his two completions going for a touchdown. Nate Skeete was superb with seven receptions for 134 yards and had a pair of touchdowns. Kaine Stevenson also caught a touchdown pass.
Their defence was stifling collecting four sacks and intercepting three passes, none bigger than the 52 yard pick-six from Brandon Gandrie.
As for the Rams their disappointing season comes to a close, short of expectations.
Quarterback Stephan Legare completed just nine passes for 128 yards, but did throw two touchdown passes. One was hauled in by All-Star Khalik Johnson and the other from Simon Frelick.
The Rebels will host and play in their second straight BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game on Saturday night at 7:00pm when they host a familiar foe, the VI Raiders in an All-Island rivalry game.
VI Raiders 15
Okanagan Sun 8
The Raiders defence bent but didn’t break on Sunday recording the upset road victory over the Sun. As a group they forced four interceptions that killed any Sun momentum. Shawn Arabsky had a terrific game making two of those picks and blocked a kick. Travis Novak and Nathan Mayers had the other interceptions. Mayers also had a fumble recovery and Tyler Hill led the way with nine solo tackles.
On the offensive side of things Jake Laberge was 14 of 23 for 184 yards and threw two touchdowns passes to Brycen Mayoh who had a dominating game. Mayoh caught five passes for 109 yards and the two scores. Seven Raiders caught at least one pass.
For the Sun the loss is obviously disappointing. They scored just one point in the first half and their lone touchdown didn’t come until the final frame.
Quarterback Keith Zyla who had been injured most of the season got the start and finished 19 of 35 for 242 yards, but threw four interceptions. Rashaun Simonise hauled in a game high six passes for 103 to lead the Sun.
The ground game was led by Robbie Rodrigues who collected 48 yards and linebacker Conor Richard tallied the lone major with a one yard touchdown plunge.
The Sun defence was excellent recording five sacks. Tyler Going played his best CJFL game with two of those sacks and nine solo tackles. Eli Haynes in his final game jumped on a fumble and had two tackles.
The Raiders will now play for the BC Conference Cullen Cup on Saturday night when they travel down the Trans-Canada Highway for a date with the Westshore Rebels in an All-Island championship at 7:00pm.
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Sunday afternoon the Okanagan Sun host the VI Raiders in the second BC Conference semi-final with the winner moving on to face the Westshore Rebels in the Cullen Cup title game. This is the fourth time they have met in a Conference semi-final, which the Raiders have won twice. That said, it’s the ninth time they lock up in the playoffs.
Ryan Watters talks with Sun head coach Ben Macauley about this match-up
Head to Head
Record: Raiders 6-3-1 – Sun 8-1-1
Points For: Raiders 329 – Sun 341*
Points Allowed: Raiders 215 – Sun 134*
Passing Leaders: Jake Laberge – 120 of 214 for 1753 yards, 17 touchdowns* 9 interceptions (Raiders) – Nick Wenman – 97 of 177 for 1516 yards, 16 touchdowns, 4 interceptions (Sun)
Rushing Leaders: Rhett Williams – 81 carries for 551 yards and 3 touchdowns (Raiders) – Robbie Rodrigues – 72 carries for 489 yards (Sun)
Receiving Leaders: - Brycen Mayoh** – 44 receptions for 805 yards* and 12 touchdowns* (Raiders) – Nathanael Anderson – 47 receptions for 704 yards and 5 touchdowns (Sun)
Field Goals: James Parker** - 21* of 25 (Raiders) – Isaac Wegner – 18 of 23 (Sun)
Leading Tacklers: Dexter Shea – 29 tackles (Raiders) – Eli Haynes** – 38 tackles* (Sun)
Turnovers: Raiders +7 – Sun +16
The CJFL Canadian Bowl Championship Series opens this weekend with four games.
BC CONFERENCE - SATURDAY
#4 Langley Rams @ #1 Westshore Rebels | WATCH HERE – 7:00pm
First up will be Saturday night when defending Conference champion Westshore Rebels host the Langley Rams. It’s the eighth time these two teams have played in BC Conference semi-final. The Rebels have won four of the previous seven games; however the Rams have won the last two in 2012 and 2009. The last Rebels win over the Rams in the semi was in 2004.
BC CONFERENCE - SUNDAY
Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm the Okanagan Sun host the VI Raiders in the second BC Conference semi-final with the winner moving on to the Cullen Cup title game. This is the fourth time they have met in a Conference semi-final, which the Raiders have won twice. That said, it’s the ninth time they lock up in the playoffs. Their last post season meeting was the Cullen Cup title game in 2015 that the Sun won 54-0 at the Apple Bowl.
PRAIRIE CONFERENCE – SUNDAY
These two teams are very familiar with each other in the playoffs and will meet for the seventh time in the Conference semi-final and third time in four seasons. Each of the previous six meetings have been played in Saskatoon and the Hilltops have won all of them. They last met in 2015 when the Hilltops won 49-21. Looking back at all-time match ups, the Rifles last won in Saskatoon in 2005 during the regular season winning by five points 26-21. Kick-off is set for 1:00pm.
#3 Regina Thunder @ #2 Edmonton Huskies | WATCH HERE – 1:00pm
It’s just the third time these two teams have met in the CJFL Canadian Bowl Championship Series. In 2013 the Thunder won 26-17 and back in 2003 the Huskies won 30-21. That said, they will be rather familiar with each other meeting just three weeks ago at Clarke Park where the Huskies threw for 444 yards and won 62-30. Both teams enter the playoffs on a loss, which they will quickly need to forget once the ball is kicked off in Edmonton. This is the first CJFL playoff game in the City of Champions since 2009, also the last time an Edmonton team played for a Canadian Bowl.
The Ontario Conference semi-finals will take place next week on Saturday October 21st. First up will be the #3 London Beefeaters visiting the #2 Hamilton Hurricanes at 4:00pm, then the #4 Ottawa Sooners meet the #1 Windsor AKO Fratmen at 7:30pm. The winner will play for the Conference final.