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The Langley Rams ground game over the last number of years has been lethal with the likes of Nathan Lund and Joe Carter.
The offensive line has always had big, talented bodies blowing open holes in the opposing defences and in 2016 it was no different.
Not only does Yanda Yano have one of the best names across the CJFL, he is one of the biggest reasons the Rams collected seven yards a carry and over 173 yards a game last season.
After spending the 2014 campaign with the VI Raiders, Yano sat out 2015 to rehab and to be eligible to play closer to home with the Rams in 2016. The Rams offered Yano a “great group of players and coaches” to play with and says “we can definitely do great things if we’re all focused.”
The 2016 season didn’t end how Yano and the Rams wanted, losing in a heartbreaker to the Westshore Rebels in the BC Conference semi-final. The loss left “a very bad taste in our mouths so I feel like we have some unfinished business.”
This offseason he’s working on strength and his fitness, something he wasn’t able to do the previous offseason due to ACL rehab. This year he’s really putting the work in getting stronger, lifting 315lbs and getting ready for another gruelling season on the offensive line.
In just two seasons of CJFL football, Yano has caught the eye of a number of U Sports schools including the University of Ottawa, St. FX, Acadia, St. Mary’s and the University of Windsor. That said he is primed for another season with the Rams hoping to develop even more following the 2017 season. He says after the CJFL he hopes to play at the U Sport level which could open a path the CFL.
When the Port Coquitlam native is not on the practice field he says, “I like to watch game film whether it be of myself or of higher level o-linemen and see how I can potentially emulate what they do.”
As he’s preparing to enter his fourth season, Yanda Yano of the Langley Rams is a CJFL Weekend Warrior.
The Canadian Junior Football League is pleased to announce the 2017 schedule that kicks off in the BC Conference (BCFC) on Saturday July 29, 2017.
Following the BCFC kick off, both the Prairie Conference (PFC) and the Ontario Conference (OFC) will open the season on August 12th with a pair of interconferene games. The Winnipeg Rifles visit the Ottawa Sooners and the Windsor AKO Fratmen host the Edmonton Huskies
This season marks the return of the OFC who now comply with the rest of the CJFL and capping the age limit to 22.
This season also highlights six CJFL Interconference games including 10 teams from the PFC and OFC. The first two are set for August 12, then a pair on August 26th, before concluding on the weekend of September 23-24th.
The CJFL playoffs will open the weekend of October 14-15, followed by the conference championships October 21-22. With the return of the OFC, the CJFL will host a National Semi-Final game this season which will see the winner of the PFC host the winner of the BCFC on October 28. Two weeks after that game the winner will travel to Ontario and face the winner of the OFC title in the 2017 Canadian Bowl on November 11th.
Each of the Conference schedules are below:
Evan Foster, a former Langley Ram and VI Raider, participated in the 2017 CFL Combine last weekend in Regina.
Foster, who still holds the CJFL record for sacks in a season with 16 back in 2013, has spent the last couple of seasons at the University of Manitoba and collected the following stats at the Combine:
Bench – 25
40 – 4.98
Vertical – 32
Broad Jump – 9.10
3-Cone – 7.11
Shuttle – 4.25
Following the weekend Foster spoke with Ryan Watters