Written by Lucas Wilson
The last time Victoria’s football fans got to see the Westshore Rebels play at home was four weeks ago. In one of the biggest moments in the organization’s history, the Rebels defeated the Vancouver Island Raiders by a score of 45-22. In the three weeks since, the Rebels have gone a respectable 2-1 on the road, which has brought their record to 4-1 heading into Week Six.
In the first road game, the Rebels travelled up to Kelowna to battle for first place with the Okanagan Sun. After being down 20-7 at halftime, the Rebels mounted a second half comeback that come up just short. The Rebels will get a chance at revenge against the Sun on September 10th at home. The following week, the Rebels took on the Kamloops Broncos. After a high scoring first half by both teams, the Rebels pulled away in the fourth quarter to win by a score of 45-32. Last week, the Rebels travelled to Chilliwack to take on the Valley Huskers. Due to some traffic issues on the highway, the Rebels got to the game late, which hurt them coming out of the gate. Once they settled down, the Rebels had another dominating second half, and they pulled away with a 47-23 win.
The Rebels ground game is living up to its hype. Jamel Lyles is already closing in on a 1,000-yard season with 794 yards on just 98 carries. That’s an average of 8.1 yards per carry and 158.8 yards per game. Lyles has found the house seven times as a running back, and once as a kick returner. Trey Campbell hasn’t seen as much action, but he has also been remarkable. He has rushed for 461 yards on just 35 carries, good for a remarkable 13.2 yards per carry. The Rebels have also been efficient in the air with both quarterbacks, Scott Borden and Ashton Mackinnon. Borden has gone 33/57 for 611 yards with five TDs and two picks. Mackinnon has gone 29/57 for 477 with four touchdowns and just one pick. Kain Melchior has led the way for receivers, catching 13 balls for 294 yards and four touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, veteran DB Brody Uddenberg has led the way with 19 tackles. Linebackers Adam Masur, Kevin Gabriel, and Shaun Robinson have been right behind with 15, 14, and 13 tackles respectively. Defensive lineman Kent Hicks has led the pass rush with three sacks.
Huskers Scouting Report
After last week’s loss to the Rebels, the Huskers fell to 0-5 on the season. The Huskers have allowed an obscenely high 47.6 points per game, and the Rebels will look to capitalize on that. On the offensive side of the ball, the Huskers have shown some promise. Quarterback Noah Falconer led some impressive touchdown drives against the tough Rebels defense. To this point, Falconer has gone 93/183 with 1233 yards with eight touchdowns and eight picks. The Huskers have spread around their passing game, with Mike West, Keenan Godden, and Blake Draper all proving to be serviceable targets. The Huskers have struggled to find any consistency in the ground game; their top rusher has just 46 yards on the ground. On defense, the Huskers have relied on their big men up front to do the bulk of the tackling. Defensive linemen Travis Dietrich and Mason Paleck lead the way with 19 and 18 tackles respectively.
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