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Rebel Up

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters), 10/29/23, 11:00AM PDT


The Westshore Rebels win the BC Conference

Westshore Rebels 33
Okanagan Sun 19

We will have new CJFL Canadian Bowl champion after the Westshore Rebels beat the Okanagan Sun on Saturday in the BC Conference Cullen Cup championship game 33-19.  The Rebels will now host the 2023 Canadian Bowl on November 11th. 

After a low scoring first half, the Rebels exploded for 29 points in the third quarter enroute to the victory. Their offence was led by All-Star quarterback Te Jessie who was 13 of 23 for 175 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Cairo Berry in the third quarter.   Jessie also ran for a touchdown as did Gerren Hardisty. 

The Rebels’ defense was very good once again and even got on the scoreboard in their massive third quarter.  On a bad Sun snap, BC Conference Defensive Player of the Year Demar Hohnstein picked up the loose ball and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.  Riley Berfelo also forced a turnover, intercepting a pass.

The Sun reign over the CJFL ends after falling to the Rebels on Saturday.  Their offence outgained the highflying Rebels 312-284 but found it difficult to get into the endzone in the second half.  Quarterback Liam Kroeger completed 10 of 18 for 165 yards and hit Ethan Mashall for a major in the fourth quarter.

Running back Elelyon Noa had the lone touchdown of the first half when he punched it in to give the Sun a 12-4 halftime lead.

The Sun defence did force six Rebels turnovers and collected five sacks.  Romario Red had a pair of sacks and Tariq Brown and Isaac Hegwood each picked off a pass.  Philip Palmarin had an outstanding game blocking two kicks and had a team high six tackles. 

The Rebels advance to their first Canadian Bowl since 2016 when they hosted and lost to the Saskatoon Hilltops.   The game will take place at Starlight Stadium in Westshore, BC on Saturday November 11th as the Rebels will host either the Hilltops or the St. Clair Saints.