Vancouver Island Raiders vs. Westshore Rebels – BCFC Week 2 Preview

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Saturday, August 1st – Westhills Stadium

Kickoff at 7PM

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Photo Credit: Erich Eichhorn

After an important season-opening win against the Langley Rams, the Vancouver Island Raiders (1-0) will hit the road to face the Westshore Rebels (0-1) at Westhills Stadium in Week 2 of BCFC action.

The Raiders, who successfully put 10 points on the board in the final quarter to get the 22-14 win over the 2014 Cullen Cup winners, were led by second year All-Canadian quarterback Liam O’Brien. O’Brien went 18 of 32 for 208 yards with a touchdown pass to Dustin Rodriguez and a score of his own. Most impressively, the Raiders defence effectively contained the Rams by forcing four turnovers, a fumble, a turnover on downs, and two interceptions. Several key players on the Raider’s defence include Josh Paisley, who led the defence with six tackles and two assists, and Bryce Wallace and Dexter Shea, who recorded an interception each.

The Westshore Rebels, led by new coach and quarterback specialist JC Boice, are also joined by former Team BC member Ashton McKinnon who joins the team from the University of Manitoba. Last week against the Okanagan Sun, the Rebels rotated three quarterbacks but were only able to throw one touchdown pass to Alex Wright and only had 125 yards of net offence all night, and will look to improve on those numbers this week. On defence, the Rebels were led by Jordan Goertzen who recorded six tackles, Cody Wist, who had two picks, and Cohan Sassaman, who recorded a sack.

Last season, the Raiders swept both of their matchups against the Westshore Rebels, but will the Rebels be able to break their losing streak this season? Make sure to tune in this week and catch all of the BCFC action!

Other games this week:

Okanagan Sun @ Valley Huskers – 7 pm at Exhibition Stadium (Aug 1)

Langley Rams @ Kamloops Broncos – 7 pm at Hillside Stadium (Aug 2)

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LANGLEY RAMS VS. VANCOUVER ISLAND RAIDERS – BCFC WEEK 1 PREVIEW

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Saturday, July 25 – Caledonia Park

Kickoff at 4PM

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Photo Credit: Troy Landreville

After a long offseason, the 2015 BCFC season is set to kick off this Saturday beginning with the Langley Rams taking on the Vancouver Island Raiders at Caledonia Park.

The Rams, who were last year’s Cullen Cup winners, look to get back in the Canadian Bowl again this year after losing 39-14 to the Saskatoon Hilltops in last year’s Canadian Bowl and won’t go down without a fight this season. Although the Rams lost leading scorer Daniel English in the offseason to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a key player for the team will be Nathan Lund, who scored seven touchdowns in the 2014 regular season and rushed 51 times for for 411 yards. Lund has also been taking reps at the BC Lions training facility with fellow Rams players Anthony Daley and John Beckerleg as they prepare themselves for their first game of the season.

The Raiders, who lost 2014 Wally Buono award winner Dylan Chapdelaine and 2014 CJFL leading receiver Marshall Cook, will need to depend on a new crop of up-and-comers against a Rams team looking to start the season off with a bang. With the addition of new head coach Jerome Erdman, who has been a big part of the Team BC program, fans can expect positive changes this season with the Raiders. Several players to look out for include linebacker Dexter Shea, who the Raiders will look to fill Chapdelaine’s starting spot, and Alex Kutra, who was second to Cook in receiving last season, scoring eight touchdowns on 25 touches for 563 yards in his 2014 campaign.

Last season, the Rams and the Raiders met three times, with the home team taking the win each time. Will the Raiders be able to seal the win against the defending Cullen Cup champions on home turf? Tune in and find out!

Other games this week (all games on Saturday, July 25th):

Westshore Rebels @ Okanagan Sun – 7 pm at Apple Bowl

Kamloops Broncos @ Valley Huskers – 7 pm at Exhibition Stadium

Eric Fraser returns to BC for the Lions

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Photo Credit: Jason Payne, PNG

After five seasons away from home, Eric Fraser is finally back in BC.

The Duncan-born, Burnaby Central product and defensive back made his return to BC last week after signing with the BC Lions.

“It’s amazing, to put on the orange and black. Growing up, we had season tickets to the Lions for a bunch of years. To watch games in there now, to be able to put on the jersey and run out of the tunnel as the home team… to be part of the program and the organization that I grew up watching, that’s obviously pretty special.”

Eric, who is now entering his sixth CFL season, was drafted by Calgary in the first round (8th overall) in 2009. After the draft, he returned to school for his senior season at Central Michigan University and joined the Calgary Stampeders for the 2010 season, where he played for four years and took part in the 2012 Grey Cup. At the end of the 2013 season, he was selected in the expansion draft by the Ottawa Redblacks and played there for a season before being picked up by the Lions this year.

Before making it to the CFL, Eric’s first taste of football was playing with the Coquitlam Vikings in 1999 under Kevin Phillips, who later coached at Centennial Secondary and SFU. Eric played at the high school level for several years at Burnaby Central, but found more success at the community level, winning several VMFL championships and BCCFA championships with the Coquitlam Vikings and North Delta Longhorns. After being away from BC for several years, Eric is excited to settle in and give back to the community in which he grew to love the sport.

“We never had a provincial team, we didn’t get to do that when I was growing up, which I would have loved to do. The Team BC stuff, we never had any of that. The football environment, it’s grown quite a bit. For me, kind of watching all the cool stuff they’re doing now, it’s providing these kids with an awesome experience which is something I wish I had. I never got the opportunity to meet any professional players growing up, and I know I’m in that position so it’s important to be out there for those kids. I’m from here, so they know I’m a guy from here that has gone through the same program and made it.”

We hope to see Eric at our Football BC events in the future, but in the meantime – welcome back, Eric!