Jason Pyper (right), Rebels’ defensive back looks to stop a Langley Rams player over the weekend. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press)

Westshore Rebels gear up for Saturday’s home opener

Rebels come out on top after being put to the test by the Langley Rams

The Rebels found out who they were as a team over the weekend with a gritty 19-16 win over the Langley Rams.

Now they have their sights set on this weekend’s home opener in Langford.

Head coach Charly Cardilicchia said the team finds out what they’re capable of when they are being tested. The Rebels did not play any exhibition games before the season, but they talked in practice about how to handle the emotional ups and downs of games.

Cardilicchia said Langley has a history of being a big, strong team, and with the Rams’ head coach Matt Blokker hard at work recruiting in the off-season, Cardilicchia was pleased the Rebels sized up against them.

“Overall I think there’s a lot of room for improvement which is exciting,” Cardilicchia said. “There’s tons of potential and great work ethic.”

REALTED: Three generations: Football is life for Cardilicchia trio

In the first half the Rebels took a number of penalties, including defensive back Tyree Dunn being ejected from the game, and emotions were high on field and the sidelines.

“The first half, things got pretty crazy,” Cardilicchia said.

Rebels’ kicker Kyle Clarke got the team on the board with a three-point field goal, putting the Rebels up 3-0 in the first quarter. The Rams answered back with two field goals of their own to hold a 6-3 advantage with six minutes remaining in the second.

Tailback Khaliel James ran the ball for the Rebel’s first touchdown of the season, later adding the conversion, to put the Rebels up 10-6.

But the Rams answered back with a field goal and touchdown of their own before halftime, putting them ahead 15-10.

RELATED: Westshore Rebels win over Rams in Langley

Even though the Rebels were down heading into the fourth, Cardilicchia said the team was collected and played well under pressure. “Before the second half we did a re-calibration of emotions and we were calm for the most part,” Cardilicchia added. “There was no sense of worry on the sideline, which is a byproduct of trusting the process.”

The Rebels scored nine unanswered points in the fourth quarter, spurred by a touchdown by wide receiver Nathan Falito.

Cardilicchia noted safety Byron MacKinnon had a great game on defence and was “flying around the field,” and that quarterback Mason Brown was outstanding. Cardilicchia added Brown plays like Baker Mayfield, the Oklahoma standout and first pick in the 2018 NFL draft for the Cleveland Browns, and he’s had feedback from other people that think the same.

“I thought ‘We got our man, we got a good one,’” Cardilicchia said.

Cardilicchia said facing adversity with a come-from-behind win will help the Rebels in their home opener against the Okanagan Sun this Saturday.

The two teams face off at 4 p.m. at Westhills Stadium.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

lindsey.horsting@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Susan Simmons begins a 24-hour swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

The MS Athlete and ultra-marathon swimmer wants to be the first person to make the journey

New Victoria mayoral candidate, three more council candidates step forward

Four people from NewCouncil.ca jump into the race for the Oct. 2018 municipal election

PHOTOS: Tour de Victoria takes off

1,800 cyclists took off in the Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria for a city-wide loop

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Oak Bay brothers scoop 10 kg of poop from park paths in 30 mins

Family picks up dog poo to give back, inspire others to be more responsible

Five things to do in Greater Victoria this weekend

Puppy yoga, horses, cars, water guns and more make up this weekend’s list of events to see

RCMP looking for missing Duncan teen

Dallas Macleod, 18, was last seen on Aug. 10

Evacuation order issued in Island village due to “risk of falling debris”

Fire continues to threaten town’s only access road

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

Most Read