The Phoenix Rises from the Ashes: Westshore Rebels slay island rivals

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The Vancouver Island Raiders were suspected of raiding Greater Victoria of a British Columbia Junior Football League franchise in 2005; they just packed up and high-tailed it north to Nanaimo and subsequently began to dominate the league.

Apparently they took with them players, coaches, equipment and volunteers.

A new Victoria franchise, the Westshore Rebels, would assemble and attempt to rise from the ashes from the apparent raid, but just lost every time they met their Island rivals of the Hub City, that is until yesterday, where the Westshore Rebels defeated the visiting Raiders handily by the score of 45-22; victory at last.

The Phoenix officially rises from the ashes; it was the very first win over Nanaimo.

Rebels Quarterback Cian Borden ran to score two touchdowns himself and then threw two more during the second half of the game as the Rebels came from behind; they went to the dressing rooms for half-time with the Raiders leading 20-17.

Jamel Lyles ran for 250 yards, he also earned a touchdown.

The Rebels’ defence stopped the Raiders on three chances from the one yard line with less than two-minutes to go. Westshore gave up a safety touch with 36.9 seconds left, the only points of the second half for the Raiders.

Callum Duke had one field goal for the Rebels, while James Parker had two for the Riaders.

The 2-0 Rebels play three consecutive games on the road and do not play at Westhills Stadium until Saturday, August 27th. The next three games are against the Okanagan Sun, Kamloops Broncos and Chilliwack Valley Huskers, over the next three Saturdays.

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