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Week 2 of the CJFL season kicks off with three games in the BC Conference on Saturday with three teams looking to stay undefeated.
Valley Huskers @ Westshore Rebels – Saturday July 30, 4:00pm – Starlight Stadium | WATCH HERE
Last weekend both the Huskers and Rebels won their first game of the season each scoring over 30 points. The Rebels took down the defending Canadian Bowl champion Langley Rams, while the Huskers beat up the newly expanded Prince George Kodiaks.
The Rebels showed a very balanced attack and have the reigning Offensive Player of the Week, quarterback Te Jessie who accounted for four touchdowns. He threw for 222 yards along with three majors and also ran for another score on five carries. Over on the defensive side the Rebels held the Rams to just 68 yards through the air.
The Huskers meanwhile dominated the Kodiaks. Quarterback Josh Janssen threw four touchdowns to four different receivers and gained 224 passing yards. Their defence held down the Kodiaks run game to just 34 yards. Dylan Manocha was named the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Records: Huskers 1-0 – Rebels 1-0
Points For: Huskers 31 – Rebels 36
Points Allowed: Huskers 5 – Rebels 20
Passing Leaders: Josh Janssen – 17 of 28 for 224 yards, 4 touchdowns (Huskers) – Te Jessie – 16 of 22 for 222 yards, 3 touchdowns (Rebels)
Rushing Leaders: Reece Wyke – 12 carries for 52 yards (Huskers) – Gerren Hardisty – 10 carries for 57 yards, 1 touchdown (Rebels)
Receiving Leaders: Dylan Manocha – 5 receptions for 71 yards, 1 touchdown (Huskers) - Zion Brown-Dogbe – 7 receptions for 111 yards, 1 touchdown (Rebels)
Leading Tacklers: Jackson Saunders – 4 tackles (Huskers) – Isaiah Cardilicchia – 5 tackles (Rebels)
Turnovers: Huskers +1 – Rebels -1
It’s a rematch of the 2021 Cullen Cup championship that featured a pair of dominating defences that the Rams ended up winning on route to a Canadian Bowl victory in Ontario.
The Sun enter the match after exploding for 50 points last week in their lopsided win over the VI Raiders. It’s the second straight road game for the Sun who travel to Langley on Saturday morning. Last week on the Island they combined for 583 yards for total offence which included 417 through the air. Starter Dominic Britton accounted for most of those and threw a 70-yard touchdown pass and ran for another. The defence also got in on the scoring with a pair of fumble recoveries returned for a touchdown.
Speaking of defences, the Rams allowed more points last week then they did in eight regular season games all of last year. They coughed up 36 points to the Westshore Rebels and only allowed an incredible 32 in 2021. The offence however did run the ball well combining for 244 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns. The pass offence will have to rebound after collecting 68 yards through the air last week.
Records: Sun 1-0 – Rams 0-1
Points For: Sun 50 – Rams 20
Points Allowed: Sun 19 – Rams 36
Passing Leaders: Dominic Britton – 18 of 30 for 339 yards, 1 touchdown (Sun) – Trey Jones – 4 of 7 for 55 yards (Rams)
Rushing Leaders: Jevon Garwood – 8 carries for 82 yards (Sun) – Caleb Wheeler – 12 carries for 80 yards, 1 touchdown (Rams)
Receiving Leaders: Blaise Beauchemin – 4 receptions for 115 yards (Sun) – Beckham Dickie – 3 receptions for 35 yards (Rams)
Leading Tacklers: Kelon Thomas – 5 tackles (Sun) – Howard Jiao – 8 tackles (Rams)
Turnovers: Sun 0 – Rams +1
VI Raiders @ Kamloops Broncos – Saturday July 30, 6:00pm – Hillside Stadium | WATCH HERE
The final game of the weekend and night cap sees the VI Raiders trying to rebound after last week’s loss and a Kamloops Broncos team that will play for the first time after last week’s bye.
These two teams met just once last season with the Raiders claiming the victory. As a matter of fact the Broncos won just once last year.
Last week the Raiders gave up 35 second half points and were beat at home 50-19 by the Okanagan Sun. Raiders’ quarterback Ben Chomolok did throw a pair of touchdown passes to Maren Bradbrook including a 75-yarder. Their defence also got on the scoreboard with a 90-yard pick six courtesy of Tyler Ruck on the final play of the game.
Despite the 6:00pm start both teams will have to deal with the scorching BC Interior heat with temperatures reaching 37 degrees earlier in the day.
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