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VI Raiders @ Westshore Rebels - Westhills Stadium, Westshore - 7:00pm | WATCH HERE
It's the first time in CJFL history that the Rebels and Raiders meet in the BC Conference Cullen Cup.
They've met in three BC Conference semi-final games that the Raiders have won twice. That said the Rebels won last year's meeting in Westshore.
Kick off is set for 7:00pm on Saturday night. Ryan Watters talks with Rebels head coach Charly Cardilicchia to get his thoughts on returning to the Cullen Cup title game.
Head to Head Match-Up:
Record: Raiders 6-3-1 – Rebels 9-1
Points For: Raiders 329 – Rebels 311
Points Allowed: Raiders 215 – Rebels 178
Passing Leaders: Jake Laberge – 120 of 214 for 1753 yards, 17 touchdowns* 9 interceptions (Raiders) – Scott Borden** - 127 of 263 for 2070 yards* 16 touchdowns, 4 interceptions (Rebels)
Rushing Leaders: Rhett Williams – 81 carries for 551 yards and 3 touchdowns (Raiders) – Trey Campbell** - 126 carries* 814 yards* 9 touchdowns* (Rebels)
Receiving Leaders: - Brycen Mayoh** – 44 receptions for 805 yards* and 12 touchdowns* (Raiders) – D’Saun Greenaway** – 43 receptions for 663 yards, 6 touchdowns (Rebels)
Field Goals: James Parker** - 21* of 25 (Raiders) – Kyle Clarke – 19 of 29* (Rebels)
Leading Tacklers: Dexter Shea – 29 tackles (Raiders) – Jeremie Drouin – 24 tackles (Rebels)
Turnovers: Raiders +7 – Rebels +21*
**BC Conference All-Star
The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce the Players of the Week following round 1 of the 2017 CJFL Canadian Bowl Championship Series.
Offensive Players of the Week
Offensive line – Saskatoon Hilltops
They have been dominating all year and Sunday’s playoff game was no different. The combination of Mason Ochs, Talon Elderkin, Jack Sloboda, Pat Arno and Kirk Simonsen opened holes for the Hilltops running backs who collected 258 rushing yards against a solid Rifles defensive line. As a matter of fact two Hilltops rushers took advantage of the stellar blocking by gaining over 100 yards a piece.
WR Brycen Mayoh – VI Raiders
He was the brightest star on the field on Sunday in the BC semi-final. Mayoh hauled in five passes for 109 yards and scored both Raiders touchdowns including a 52 yarder that proved to be the game winner.
Defensive Players of the Week
DB Cordell Kadash – Regina Thunder
He was part of a defence that was able to shut down the high powered Edmonton Huskies offence in their playoff meeting. Kadash made seven tackles, had two assisted stops, an interception and a knockdown.
DB Shawn Arabsky – VI Raiders
He led the Raiders defence that completely frustrated the Conference’s top offence. Arabsky had two interceptions, blocked a kick and had four tackles holding the Sun to just eight points and clinching a spot in the Cullen Cup title game.
Special Teams Players of the Week
R Josh Ewanchyna – Saskatoon Hilltops
He set the tone for the Hilltops playoff game on the very first play returning the opening kick-off 91 yards for a touchdown. It was a lead the Hilltops never relinquished.
R Brandon Gandrie -Westshore Rebels
He helped jump start the Rebels offence by giving his teammates tremendous field position after five kick-off returns for 124 yards, a 24.8 yard average.
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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.