West­shore wins Bat­tle of the Rock


Times Colonist - - Sports - CLEVE DHEENSAW

Is­land sport­ing der­bies don’t come more pitched than when the West­shore Rebels play the Van­cou­ver Is­land Raiders in the B.C. Foot­ball Con­fer­ence.

The lat­est in­car­na­tion of the ri­valry, dubbed the Bat­tle of the Rock, oc­curred Satur­day night at Westhills Sta­dium with the Rebels pre­vail­ing 22-17.

The re­sult added to the first leg of this grudge match. That was on Aug. 5 and also went to the Rebels, who edged the Raiders 27-25 at Cale­do­nia Park in Nanaimo.

Sec­ond-place West­shore is 6-1 with 12 points, behind the BCFClead­ing Okana­gan Sun (6-0-1), who are on 13 points fol­low­ing Satur­day’s 42-3 vic­tory over the Val­ley Huskers (0-7) in Chilli­wack. The Raiders dropped to fourth place at 3-3-1 for seven points. The Lan­g­ley Rams moved to 4-3 and into third place with eight points af­ter a 27-21 win over the Kamloops Bron­cos (1-6) on Satur­day.

The Rebels visit Lan­g­ley next Satur­day, while the Raiders host the Huskers at Cale­do­nia Park.

On Satur­day, the Raiders led 10-3 af­ter the first quar­ter be­fore Kyle Clarke’s field brought West­shore to within 10-6 in the sec­ond quar­ter. D’Saun Green­away, a strato­sphere-leap­ing six-foot-five re­ceiver from Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., gave West­shore a 13-10 lead by haul­ing in a con­verted touch­down pass in the third quar­ter. Green­away, who has played in U Sports for York Univer­sity, came into the game lead­ing the Rebels re­ceivers with 22 re­cep­tions.

The Raiders led 17-14 af­ter the third quar­ter be­fore Trey Camp­bell of the Rebels moved in for a fourth-quar­ter touch­down to put West­shore ahead for good.

The all-pur­pose run­ning back came into the game lead­ing the league in rush­ing and is among a hand­ful of Rebels play­ers tagged for big­ger things.

“You’ll see pro [CFL] and col­le­giate [U Sports] scouts out at our games. We’ve got a good buzz around our team na­tion­ally and we’re get­ting spot­ted around the coun­try,” said Rebels head coach Charly Cardil­ic­chia.

The Rebels, who haven’t lost at Westhills since Oc­to­ber 2015, re­main on track for a po­ten­tial 9-1 reg­u­lar-sea­son record. That would eclipse the record of the 2016 West­shore team that went 8-1-1 in the reg­u­lar sea­son en route to win­ning the Cullen Cup for the BCFC post-sea­son crown be­fore plac­ing sec­ond to the Saska­toon Hill­tops in the Cana­dian ju­nior fi­nal.

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