Westshore Rebels 36
Langley Rams 20
The visiting Westshore Rebels made a statement in Week 1 with a 16-point victory over the defending Canadian Bowl champion Langley Rams on Saturday afternoon in Langley.
The visitors jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. The Rebels passing attack looked great as first year quarterback Tim Jessie finished 16 of 22 for 222 yards and threw three touchdowns to three different receivers. Mike Oliva, Kieran Poissant and Zion Brown-Dogbe each got into the end zone as Brown-Dogbe hauled in a game high seven passes for 111 yards.
The ground game was equally effective as both Jessie and Gerren Hardisty each scored rushing touchdowns.
The 36 points the Rebels scored was more points the Rams allowed all of last season. They allowed just 32 points in eight regular season games in 2021.
Defensively the Rebels were solid, holding the Rams to just 68 yards on the ground. Cordell Holder made three tackles and had two sacks, Isaiah Cardilicchia had a team high five solo tackles and Tarick Polius made four stops.
After giving up 14 points in the first quarter the Rams battled back to bring the score to within two points at halftime but couldn’t hold down the Rebels in the second half. Their offence scored a pair of ground touchdowns as both Caleb Wheeler and Steven Dilorenzo accounted for the majors.
On the defensive side Howard Jiao had a game high eight touchdowns and Kinneth Balucos picked off a pass.
In Week 2 the Rebels (1-0) will welcome the Valley Huskers (1-0) for their home opener, while the Rams (0-1) will welcome the Okanagan Sun (1-0) on Saturday.
Okanagan Sun 50
VI Raiders 19
In a game that was relatively close at halftime, blew up in the second half as the Sun went on to route the Raiders in Nanaimo.
It was the Raiders that would get on the scoreboard first thanks to a 75-yard touchdown pass to Maren Bradbrook from first year quarterback Ben Chomolok. However, that was the only scoring the Raiders would get in the first half as the Sun led 15-7 at the break.
The second half was a completely different story as the Sun scored five touchdowns including a 70-yard bomb to Noah Bymak for a major. In all returning quarterback Dominic Britton completed 18 passes for 339 yards and the touchdown. He also scored a touchdown on the ground off nine carries and 33 yards. Back-up quarterback Liam Kroeger came in the late stages and threw a touchdown pass to Farrell Yakam Kenfack.
The Sun ground game added 166 yards and a touchdown from Tristen Peddle while Jevon Garwood led the team with a game high 82 yards.
Over on the defensive side the Sun collected two more touchdowns as Garrett Cape and Grayson Statham each picked up a fumble and returned it for a major. As a unit they combined for five turnovers and four sacks.
Along with the 75-yard touchdown strike, Chomolok completed 16 passes for 197 yards and threw a second touchdown pass to Bradbrook for the Raiders offence.
Their defence got on the board with an impressive 90-yard pick-six courtesy of Tyler Ruck. Will Adams put together a fine game with six tackles, a knockdown, had an interception and recovered a fumble.
Next week the Sun (1-0) will stay on the road and visit the Langley Rams (0-1) while the Raiders (0-1) will visit the Kamloops Broncos (0-0) for their first game.
Valley Huskers 31
Prince George Kodiaks 5
The Valley Huskers spoiled the Prince George Kodiaks inaugural game with a big victory in front of their hometown faithful.
Returning quarterback Josh Janssen was simply outstanding completing 17 passes for 224 yards and threw four touchdowns to four different receivers. He would target Dylan Manocha, David Coronado, Payton Lake and Luc Rodrigues for majors as Lake led the way with a game high six catches for 63 yards.
The Huskers defence pitched a second half shutout and their offence scored 21 of their 31 points in the final two quarters. Jackson Saunders had a team high four tackles and Chavis Spencer picked off a pass.
On the other side of the field the Kodiaks played in their first ever CJFL game but have yet to find the end zone. Quarterback Liam Oczkowski threw for 182 yards including a 78-yarder hauled in by Andrew Brown, who finished with 107 receiving yards.
Their defence was led by Marcellus Pope and his game high six tackles.
This weekend the Huskers (1-0) will visit the Westshore Rebels (1-0) and the Kodiaks (0-1) have the weekend off to lick their wounds.
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