Rebels’ Hicks providing unlikely heroics

Rebels' Hicks providing unlikely heroics

Westshore Rebels defensive end Kent Hicks is one of the few returning players from last year’s Cullen Cup Championship winning team, and his presence has paid off. Tyler Bennett has the story.

It’s not usual for a defensive end to play a role in two game winning touchdowns in two consecutive weeks, but that’s exactly what Kent Hicks has done. The Abbotsford product is in his second year with the Westshore Rebels, and has taken a leadership role with the team since day one.

“I just kinda feel that’s my characteristics,” Hicks says, “I’ve always been in that leadership type role, that’s just kind of who I am, I don’t think anything has really changed since last year, it’s kinda been the same, I’ll always voice my opinion and I play with emotion right, so everyone feels that around me, so I guess I just kinda feed off it.”

While Hicks played the hero in last week’s win over Kamloops, scooping up a fumble and scoring the game winning touchdown, the former Manitoba Bison says it was much more than an individual effort.

“it was definitely a joint effort,” Hicks says, “without our linebackers filling the hole and our safety coming down and forcing that fumble, it wouldn’t have even happened, I just was in the right spot at the right time, I tend to be around the ball usually so I just saw it up in the air and got it and ran.”

“definitely didn’t expect our defensive lineman to have to come up with some late game heroics for us,” Rebels head coach Charly Cardilicchia says, “that’s not something you can predict going into a game but it’s definitely good to have a guy like that because he does just make football plays at the right time so he’s quite athletic and football savvy.”

The Rebels will look for Hicks to continue to produce as the Rebels host their home opener tomorrow night at Westhills Stadium, taking on the Langley Rams. Kickoff is set for 3:00pm.

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