Rebels have eye on Sun and next sea­son

Times Colonist - - Sports - CLEVE DHEENSAW Times Colonist cd­heen­saw@times­colonist.com

GAME DAY: WEST­SHORE AT OKANA­GAN, 7 P.M.

The West­shore Rebels will be play­ing only for pride when they fin­ish out the B.C. Foot­ball Con­fer­ence cam­paign tonight in Kelowna against the Okana­gan Sun.

West­shore was the 2016 Cullen Cup league cham­pion and Cana­dian Bowl run­ner-up. The Rebels were the 2017 reg­u­larsea­son cham­pion and Cullen Cup run­ner-up to the Van­cou­ver Is­land Raiders.

De­spite the dis­ap­point­ing sea­son, the Rebels go into the fi­nal game with one bright spot — quar­ter­back Ma­son Brown was named of­fen­sive player of the week for his 275 yards pass­ing on 25 com­ple­tions, three touch­down throws and 81 yards rush­ing de­spite the 52-38 loss last week­end to the Fraser Val­ley Huskers.

The play­off dance is set with the Sun (6-2-1), Lan­g­ley Rams and Val­ley Huskers (both 6-3) and Van­cou­ver Is­land Raiders (5-4) hav­ing clinched the play­off berths. The Rebels (3-5-1) and Kam­loops Bron­cos (0-9) will miss the play­offs.

The Sun can clinch home field through­out the Cullen Cup play­offs with a vic­tory tonight in the Ap­ple Bowl against West­shore.

The V.I. Raiders, mean­while, close out against the Huskers at 1 p.m. to­day at Cale­do­nia Park in Nanaimo. The de­fend­ing leaguecham­pion Raiders can fin­ish no higher than third, so will not host a play­off semi­fi­nal next week­end.

The Raiders landed three play­ers on the BCFC all-of­fen­sive team with re­ceiver Mike West, run­ning-back Rhett Wil­liamson and line­man Traven Trav­eller. Raiders named to the all-league de­fen­sive unit were line­man Con­ner Kyliuk and de­fen­sive-back Jeremie Cheng.

The Rebels were shut out in the league all-star sweep­stakes.

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