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Rebels’ second-half surge puts them past Raiders

WESTSHORE 27 VANCOUVER ISLAND 25 The Westshore Rebels used a strong second half to get into the win column in the B.C. Football Conference standings on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Vancouver Island Raiders 27-25 at Caledonia Park.

WESTSHORE  27
VANCOUVER ISLAND  25

The Westshore Rebels used a strong second half to get into the win column in the B.C. Football Conference standings on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Vancouver Island Raiders 27-25 at Caledonia Park.

Both teams are now 1-1 in the 2017 season. The Rebels are now undefeated against the Raiders in the last three games, with two wins and a tie.

Down 14-3 late in the second quarter on Saturday, the Rebels used a 109-yard drive to cut the Raiders’ lead to 14-10 just prior to the halftime break.

Two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including one off a blocked punt, propelled the visitors to the victory as they assumed a 27-17 lead.

Vancouver Island added a late score and a two-point conversion to make it close.

“It was a great second half,” said Rebels head coach Charly Cardilicchia.

“We made some great adjustments and we had to come together as a team.

“That drive late in the first haf set the tone for us,” added Cardilicchia, who knew the importance of getting a win.

“It’s a lot better feeling than last week. The bottom line is this was a good team win and 0-2 was not an option for us.”

Last week, the Rebels were edged 19-15 in Kelowna by the Okanagan Sun in a rematch of last year’s Cullen Cup, which Westshore won.

The Raiders downed the Langley Rams 20-13 on the road.

Westshore now travels to Kamloops next Saturday to face the Broncos at 6 p.m. while the Raiders venture to Chilliwack to face the Valley Huskers at 2 p.m. in Week 3 play.

mannicchiarico@timescolonist.com

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