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Westshore Rebels through to Cullen Cup final

WESTSHORE 57 LANGLEY 14 The Westshore Rebels will have a chance to defend their B.C. Football Conference championship when they play host to the Cullen Cup final this coming Saturday at Westhills Stadium.
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WestshoreÕs Trey Campbell runs against Langley at Westhills Stadium on Saturday night.

WESTSHORE  57
LANGLEY  14

The Westshore Rebels will have a chance to defend their B.C. Football Conference championship when they play host to the Cullen Cup final this coming Saturday at Westhills Stadium.

A lopsided 57-14 victory over the visiting Langley Rams on Saturday night propelled the Rebels into their second straight league championship game. Their opponent will be determined today when the Okanagan Sun entertain the Vancouver Island Raiders.

On Saturday, the favoured Rebels used two touchdown passes from all-star quarterback Scott Borden Jr., who also added a rushing major along with two scores from all-star running back Trey Campbell. Receiver Nate Skeete had a big night as well, hauling in five catches in the first half for 94 yards and a 40-yard touchdown reception in the first 30 minutes of work.

“I think that speaks for itself,” Skeete, 21, of Halifax, said of having the opportunity to win another BCFC crown.

“To defend a championship is not an easy task. Even to get back is not an easy task, and a chance to win two in a row speaks to the talent of this team,” said Skeete, who also added a 23-yard TD catch from backup quarterback Cole Theobald late in the game.

“Everybody wants the chance to make a play and is ready for the opportunity and that’s what you need at this time of the year. This is a confident group and you need that.”

Campbell opened the scoring on a 30-yard run on a third and two-yard gamble at 2:51 of the first quarter as Westshore scored on the opening drive. Borden Jr. then connected with Skeete on a 40-yard TD pass just over 11 minutes later.

Borden Jr. then found Kaine Stevenson open on a 16-yard TD pass 5:06 into the second quarter as the hosts led 21-0 at the half.

It was a big opening 30 minutes that set the tone as Borden Jr. completed 9-of-18 passes for 151 yards and two major scores. Campbell rushed eight times for 104 yards over that stretch as the hosts amassed 284 yards of net offence. The defence allowed just 115 yards to Langley.

The Rams threatened late in the first half, but an offensive pass interference call nullified a major score with 12 seconds left before Rebels’ all-star defensive lineman Kent Hicks tipped a Stephen Legare pass and intercepted it with seven seconds remaining.

Brandon Gandire intercepted a Legare pass and took it back 55 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter before Legare got one back for Langley on a 15-yard TD pass to Khalik Johnson at 9:49 of the third quarter.

Borden Jr., Campbell and Aden Enns-Horvath all added one-yard second-half touchdowns for the Rebels who entered the playoffs with a franchise best 9-1 record. The Rams were 4-6.

Langley backup quarterback Ryan MacDonald added a touchdown pass to Simon Frelick with 18.1 seconds remaining in the game.

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