It will be difficult to out-do the Westshore Rebels’ story book season of 2016, with winning the league and dispatching their bitter rivals Nanaimo, twice, but they attempted that sort of start in Kelowna against the Okanagan Sun, Sunday.
They got an early lead, but in the end lost 19-15.
The Rebels got in a couple of long passing plays by quarterback Scott Borden early, eventually taking a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Sun came back with a pair of touchdowns to make a game of it in the first half.
The offence was as dry as the Sonora Desert in July for both teams during the latter stages of the game.
Borden ended up completing 21 passes on 41 attempts for 281 yards. He also added two passing touchdowns. He was intercepted once.
The Rebels limited the Sun to just 11 first downs and 234 yards while forcing three turnovers.
Westshore has two more road games before their home opener on Aug. 19 at Westhills Stadium.
They will play the Island Raiders (1-0) on Aug. 5 then off to Kamloops on Aug. 12 for a game against the Kamloops Broncos (1-0).