Drama continued Saturday in the intense island rivalry between the Westshore Rebels and the Vancouver Island Raiders of Nanaimo, while the teams competed for the BC Football Conference Cullen Cup at Westhills Stadium.
An onshore monsoon wasn’t going to stop a football game nor either team’s enthusiasm to take the league championship, but it did influence the style of game that was to be played.
The visiting Raiders won by the score of 21-7 over the defending champion Rebels; they raided Westhills in a shocker.
It was the eighth BCFC championship for the Raiders. They won six in a row from 2006 to 2011. The Rebels were looking for their second straight and third in team history. The Rebels had defeated Nanaimo five times during the past two seasons – they went into this game as favourites.
As luck would have it, Nanaimo’s Jake Laberge threw for two touchdowns in a game where the offense was all over the place.
Both teams were dropping the ball on golden opportunities from early on in the game.
A Rebels unnecessary roughing penalty set up Laberge who fed Brycen Mayoh on an 18-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-0 lead.
The Rebels’ Kaine Stevenson ran 67 yards for a touchdown minutes later. The score was 18-7 and within reach for the Rebels at the half.
Borden Jr. completed just 2-of-11 plays in passing at the half for 14 yards with two interceptions.
Shawn Arabsky had two interceptions for the Raiders while Nathan Mayers had one as well.
Laberge was 5-for-18 for 54 yards. Bailey finished with 113 yards on 25 carries.
Shea had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Quinton Bowles had nine tackles, a sack as well as a forced fumble.
The Raiders advance to the Canadian Junior Football League semifinals next weekend. They will play either the Saskatoon Hilltops or the Regina Thunder.