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CJFL National Semi-Final

11/19/2021, 12:45pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Hilltops visit the Rams...again

Photo courtesy of Robert Sproule

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For the third straight season the Hilltops and Rams will meet on the CJFL National stage.  On Saturday afternoon they will battle in the National Semi-Final with the winner traveling to Ontario for the 2021 Canadian Bowl.

The Hilltops have won the previous two meetings including an 11-6 win in Langley during the 2019 national championship game.   Also that year they traveled to London and beat the Beefeaters in this very game to win the right to play for the Canadian Bowl.

Since 1995 the CJFL National Semi-Final game has been played 22 times.  The Hilltops have appeared nine times winning seven of them while the Rams organization last appeared in this contest in 2018 when they hosted and beat the Hamilton Hurricanes.  In all they are 1-1 all-time in this semi.

The Hilltops are back in this game after a 6-2 regular season, then playoff wins over the Edmonton Huskies (33-30) and Conference championship victory over the Regina Thunder (29-9). They have won six-straight Canadian Bowls and have now won 22 consecutive playoff games.

The Rams are on the national stage after a 7-1 regular season, and then playoff victories over the Valley Huskers (39-8) and Okanagan Sun (7-4) in the Cullen Cup championship.

For Saturday’s winner, a date in Ontario is waiting for them on December 4th in the Canadian Bowl national championship.


Head to Head

Records: Hilltops 6-2 (2-0 in playoffs) – Rams 7-1 (2-0 in playoffs)
Points For: Hilltops 228 (62 in playoffs) -  Rams 183 (46 in playoffs)
Points Allowed: Hilltops 135 (39 in playoffs) – Rams 32 (12 in playoffs)

Passing Leaders: Damon Dutton – 127 of 183 (69%) for 1528 yards and 12 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Trey Jones 36 of 73 (49%) for 588 yards and 5 touchdowns (Rams)

Rushing Leaders: Boston Davidsen – 98 carries for 634 yards and 6 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Joel Klaassen – 91 carries for 643 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rams)

Receiving Leaders: Ethan Godson – 30 receptions for 524 yards and 6 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Daniel Kubongo – 20 receptions for 634 yards and 5 touchdowns (Rams)

Leading Tackers: Matt Wist – 31 tackles (Hilltops) - Kyle Clarot – 23 tackles (Rams)

Turnovers: Hilltops +11 – Rams +16

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