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Westshore Rebels 39
VI Raiders 30
It was a tail of two halves in Westshore as the Rebels and Raiders battled for the first time this season.
The Raiders used a 23 point second quarter to take a 23-10 lead into halftime and looked for more in the second half. The Rebels however had a different idea and scored 16 points in the third quarter to come to within three, then put up 13 points in the final frame and shutout the visitors on route to their second win of the year.
Last week’s starting quarterback Colby Henkel didn’t play for the Rebels on Saturday. Instead Shawn Lal took the snaps and finished with 11 completions for 326 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns to Jeffroy Ojong. As a matter of fact Ojong had a monster game hauling in just four passes for an incredible 237 yards including a 93 yard touchdown. Of the 326 yards through the air for the Rebels, 237 of it were in the second half.
Byron Mackinnon added to the offensive punch with a 38 yard touchdown scamper on a fake punt.
The Rebels defence also got on the scoreboard. Demarius Henderson was outstanding with a pair of sacks and a 73 yard pick-six. Maleek Womack had also had a 32 yard pick-six.
On the other side the Raiders offence was clicking in the first half, but couldn’t maintain the pace. Quarterback Jake Laberge finished with just five completions for 156 yards and threw touchdown passes to Mike West and Jared Braun. He also rushed for 75 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Defensively the Raiders intercepted three passes as Ethan Moran, Nathan Cayouette and Jeremie Cheng each collected one.
Saturday night the Rebels (2-0) will visit the Okanagan Sun (2-0) and the Raiders (0-2) will host the Kamloops Broncos (0-2) in their home opener.
Langley Rams 63
Kamloops Broncos 7
The defending Cullen Cup champion Rams once again flexed their muscle crushing the Broncos on Saturday night. Their offence outgained the Broncos in total yards from 541 compared to just 130.
The Rams used three quarterbacks as Duncan Little, Tristan Secord-Yanciw and Trey Jones combined for 14 completions, 307 yards and two touchdowns. Ten different receivers caught passes as Jesse Walker and Brody Clark hauled in majors. On the ground former Bronco Andrew Pocrnic was seemingly unstoppable gaining 114 yards on 11 carries and scored three touchdowns. Brett Westad and Jevon Garwood also scored on the ground.
The special teams got in on the scoring when punt returner Sebastian Reid returned one 95 yards for a score.
For the Broncos Kaden Cook was the best player on the defensive side making a game high five tackles, blocked a kick and had an interception.
Their lone score was a 43 yard touchdown strike from quarterback Cameron Wright to Ian Finstad in the fourth quarter.
On Sunday the Rams (2-0) will host the Valley Huskers (0-2) at 6:30pm, while the Broncos (0-2) travel to the island to face the VI Raiders (0-2) on Saturday afternoon.
Okanagan Sun 21
Valley Huskers 16
A nail biting game that came down to the final quarter as the Sun hung on for their second win of the season.
Their offence primarily used the ground game in their attack rushing for 189 yards, most of which coming in the second half. Quarterback Alex Douglas scored twice on the ground while Malcolm Miller carried 12 times for 95 yards and a score.
Defensively Cory McCoy had a great game with a game high six tackles and two sacks. Tyler Going intercepted his first pass of the year. In all the Sun defence collected four sacks.
The Huskers scored all of their points in the second half. Quarterback Reid Vankoughnett finished 15 of 26 for 166 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Poulin.
On the defensive side Sammy Sidhu collected three tackles, had a sack and a knockdown. Marcel Arruda-Welch was terrific in the secondary with four knockdowns and forced and recovered a fumble.
This coming weekend the Sun (2-0) will host the Westshore Rebels (2-0) on Saturday night while the Huskers (0-2) will visit the Langley Rams (2-0) on Sunday.
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