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

Almost four of 10 Canadians have unlimited internet data at home

Fifty-four per cent say they telecommute at least sometimes

Esquimalt needs urgent health care facility, mayor says

A severe doctor shortage is leaving Esquimalt residents scrambling for health care

Student Voice: Saanich students launch competitive robotics team

The Reynolds Reybots plan to share their skills with middle schools

Royal BC Museum’s newest series takes visitors behind the scenes

Adult sessions explores art, nature, history and more

What are the worst parking spots in Victoria?

We are looking for the worst places in the city to park and need your opinion

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Most Read