Photo courtesy of Erich Eichhorn
The Westshore Rebels missed the CJFL post season last year after uncertainty in the head coaching position. Charly Cardilicchia stepped down following Week 3 and the Rebels never seemed to find their grove and lost four straight to end the season.
This year they have retooled and will no doubt be in contention at the end of the season. They are fully aware that the Canadian Bowl will be hosted in BC this season much like when the Rebels hosted it in 2016, the last time it was in BC.
The biggest change for the Rebels this season is their coaching staff. Shane Beatty was named the fulltime head coach after taking over for Cardilicchia last year. He adds former VI Raiders head coach Doug Hocking to the coaching staff as well as former Okanagan Sun linebacker Jeff Mock and Todd Wiseman
Kaine Stevenson was a very well rounded and dangerous player last season. He hauled in 35 passes for 458 yards and scored a major. He also returned punts and kick-offs for the Rebels and was key member of their Special Teams.
What They Need:
The Rebels are fortunate to have a number of key players in each position. They would love to see a bit more depth on the defensive line.
QB Colby Henkel is a former CJFL Rookie of the Year with the Kamloops Broncos. Last season he helped quarterback the University of Windsor Lancers. His last CJFL season was in 2017 when he completed 57% of his passes with the Broncos for 1,927 yards and nine touchdowns.
WR Brycen Mayoh was the CJFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 2017 after making a CJFL high 44 receptions for 805 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He also ran back kicks as a member of the VI Raiders. He returned 39 punts for 561 yards and had a touchdown while returning 20 kick-offs for 576 yards. He returned three missed field goals in 2017 as well including a 128 yard touchdown.
LB Jesse Zajaros is a former Kamloops Bronco. He spent last year as a member of the McMaster University Marauders but saw limited action. In 2017 as a Bronco he tallied 36 tackles, had a sack, a knockdown and forced a fumble.
The new look Rebels will open the season on August 3rd when they visit the Valley Huskers.
For some this coming Saturday is the biggest day of their young lives, as the CJFL presents its National Signing Day.
The day is earmarked every year on June 1st, the day in which players can finally sign with a CJFL club. When a player signs he is essentially signing for his entire junior football career as the player then becomes the property of that team.
Some players have attended multiple Spring Camps to get an idea of their best fit. So many considerations are made before signing with a CJFL club; location, team support, roster depth, coaching staff, scholarship program, etc all weighs in on a player’s decision.
National Signing Day is not only exciting for the players, but the coaches as well. Their ideas, hopes and hard work will finally come to fruition as they start to fill their roster spots.
Following Saturday coaches can continue to recruit and sign a player immediately if he’s a good fit for their team. That said the bulk of the players ready to play in the CJFL will sign on Saturday.
Once players sign on the dotted line, coaches can begin developing their schemes and systems around their potential starters. They can also begin preparing for their Main Camp along with Week 1 of the regular season.
All three Conferences and 18 CJFL teams will participate on Saturday, signing players to their 2019 roster.
Fans can keep up to date with CJFL National Signing Day on social media with #CJFLSigning as teams will be posting once a player signs.
The Westshore Rebels have retooled and have plenty of excitement around their team as they open spring camp this weekend.
Former CJFL Coach of the Year JC Boice returns to the club to join two-time CJFL Coach of the Year Shane Beatty to lead the way. They are only one of two teams in the BC Conference that have yet to host their spring camp and will do so with the CJFL National Signing Day set for Saturday.
The Rebels are looking to bounce back after a disappointing season in 2018 finishing 3-6-1 and missed the playoffs.
Head coach Shane Beatty talks with Ryan Watters about their camp this weekend.