Chilliwack (Victoria Times Colonist) – Keeping opposing defences off guard is a key component to football.
So, after 542 yards through the air in the first meeting this season, the Westshore Rebels chucked the Valley Huskers a twist to open up the second clash between the two B.C. Football Conference clubs in Chilliwack on Saturday afternoon.
The Rebels took to the ground to make an initial impression in what ultimately finished up as a 27-22 victory to record win No. 2.
The Huskers are now 0-7.
Running back Jordan Worth rambled for 70 yards on the opening play of the game and then capped a seven-play series with an eight-yard touchdown gallop as the Rebels scored early to improve to 2-5 on the season. The Huskers are 0-7.
“First play, we popped them on a long run,” said Rebels head coach J.C. Boice, who was pleased with Worth’s efforts and that of his offensive line.
Westshore quarterback Ashton Mackinnon then picked up a bobbled snap and ran in from six yards out for the team’s second score for a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
Noah Rogers and backup quarterback Talyn Davies hooked up for a 13-yard TD pass and Bryce Couture added field goals of 23 and 21 yards to close out the Westshore scoring.
Davies played the second half.
“He played really well, actually,” said Boice, who wanted Davies to get some meaningful minutes in. “We were leaning that way [all week in preparation]. And I thought we did a pretty good job defensively.”
The Rebels had bounced the Huskers 45-14 back in Week 4.
Boice said the 27-22 score wasn’t indicative of the play as second-teamers did get in the game while up 24-7. He also believed his team didn’t get caught looking beyond the Huskers to a clash in Nanaimo against the Vancouver Island Raiders this coming Saturday.
“We have had a close eye on the Raiders all year and we want to make that rivalry relevant, but we weren’t looking beyond this one. Now we’ll go back to work to prepare for the Raiders,” he said.
Next Game for the Huskers is at home, Saturday September 19 against the Langley Rams.