Graduated Westshore Rebels receiver/quarterback Hunter Lake, here hauling in a pass against the Valley Huskers in B.C. Football Conference play last season, plans to attend Chabot College near San Francisco in California and play for the Gladiators football team.

Graduated Westshore Rebels receiver/quarterback Hunter Lake, here hauling in a pass against the Valley Huskers in B.C. Football Conference play last season, plans to attend Chabot College near San Francisco in California and play for the Gladiators football team.

Rebels all-star catches on with U.S. college

Hunter Lake heading south to play football in California

A former Westshore Rebels player will be catching more than some rays in California, after deciding to attend and play football at Chabot College.

Hunter Lake, who spent five years with the Rebels, takes his soft hands to Hayward, Calif., where the Chabot Gladiators play in the National Valley conference of the California Community College Athletics Association.

“It’s always been my dream to play ball in America,” Lake said in a release. “It’s more than a game down there, it’s a way of life.”

The versatile offensive player snagged 51 receptions for 708 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver in 2015. He threw for 2,762 yards and had 18 touchdown passes as a quarterback over the past two seasons with the Rebels, and was named to the B.,C. Football Conference first all-star team in 2015.

“He’s a great kid, a very solid football player, and has worked very hard to earn this opportunity,” said Rebels head coach J.C. Boice. “He has all the tangibles that programs in the U.S. are looking for: talent, a strong work ethic and a coachable spirit.”

Boice, who used his connections to pave the way for Lake to join the Gladiators, said the college is expected to support him financially, but because it is a “dead time” for recruiting in the NCAA, details were unavailable.

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