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Week 6 Preview

By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters), 09/01/23, 8:00AM PDT


It's the Labour Day long weekend

It’s the Labour Day long weekend with five games on the CJFL schedule beginning with a rare Friday night in Hamilton, Ontario. 


GTA Grizzlies @ Hamilton Hurricanes – Friday September 1, 7:30pm – Tim Hortons Field | WATCH HERE

It’s a Labour Day Classic CJFL style when the Hurricanes host the Grizzlies on Friday night.  Any time these two rivals get together under the lights it’s very entertaining.  Both teams need a win to keep pace in the Ontario Conference.  The Hurricanes are coming off an exciting win over Ottawa with a last-minute defensive stand.  The Grizzlies are still looking to get on track with their first win of the season. 


Records: Grizzlies 0-3 – Hurricanes 2-1
Avg Points For: Grizzlies 4 – Hurricanes 26.6
Avg Points Allowed: Grizzlies 47 – Hurricanes 20.6

Ottawa Sooners @ Quinte Skyhawks – Saturday September 2, 2:00pm – Loyalist College | WATCH HERE

This is an important game with playoff positioning on the line as these two teams meet for the first time this season.  They meet again in mid-September.  

The Skyhawks have won two straight winning back-to-back games against the GTA Grizzlies.  Their offence has scored 90 points in the last two games and are looking for more of the same against the struggling Sooners. 

Speaking of the Sooners they have lost three straight to open the season and desperately need a win this weekend to keep their playoff hopes alive.   They had their best game last weekend in Hamilton, but just couldn’t find the big play when needed. 

As a special treat during the pre-game, the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team will drop from the sky onto the field.  The team was formally known as the “Skyhawks.” 


Records: Sooners 0-3 – Skyhawks 2-0
Avg Points For: Sooners 8.3 – Skyhawks 45
Avg Points Allowed: Sooners 24.3 – Skyhawks 6

London Beefeaters @ St. Clair Saints – Saturday September 2, 7:00pm – Acumen Stadium | WATCH HERE

It’s the second half of a home-and-home that sees the Saints host the Beefeaters following their 33-17 victory last weekend in London.   

Saints’ rookie quarterback Maurice Sodja took centre stage last weekend in the win throwing for 255 yards and three touchdowns on 11 of 17 passing.  He is a dual threat who also gained 89 yards on eight carries on the ground. 


Records: Beefeaters 2-1 – Saints 2-0
Avg Points For: Beefeaters 25.3 – Saints 33
Avg Points Allowed: Beefeaters 13 – Saints 10.5


Westshore Rebels @ Langley Rams – Saturday September 2, 4:00pm – McLeod Stadium | WATCH HERE

The Rebels became the top team in the country after their dominating win last weekend at home over the defending champion Okanagan Sun.   They are led by their quarterback Te Jessie who already has thrown for 20 touchdowns in the first four games of the season. He’s on pace to smash the CJFL record for single season touchdown passes if he can keep this up. 

Meanwhile the Langley Rams are back on the Top 10 Power Rankings after their second straight win last weekend.  Their offence is starting to gain confidence but will be put to the test against a very fast and talented Rebels defence. 


Records: Rebels 4-0 – Rams 2-1
Avg Points For: Rebels 60 – Rams 36
Avg Points Allowed: Rebels 10.7 – Rams 10.6

 Passing Leaders: Te Jessies – 64 of 86, 968 yards, 20 touchdowns (Rebels) – Trey Jones – 37 of 65, 693 yards, 9 touchdowns (Rams

Rushing Leaders: Gerren Hardisty – 37 carries for 386 yards, 3 touchdowns (Rebels) – Kairo Hassan – 38 carries for 224 yards, 2 touchdowns (Rams)

Receiving Leaders: Cairo Berry – 20 receptions for 281 yards, 8 touchdowns (Rebels) – Isaiah Edwards – 16 receptions for 256 yards, 4 touchdowns (Rams)

Leading Tacklers: Demar Hohnstein – 27 tackles (Rebels) – Dawson Morin – 7 tackles (Rams)

Kamloops Broncos @ Valley Huskers – Saturday September 2, 7:00pm – Exhibition Field | WATCH HERE

The final game of Week 6 happens in BC when the Huskers welcome the Broncos.  This game features two teams on opposite sides of the standings with Huskers earning three wins, while the Broncos have lost four straight.

The Huskers are coming off their bye week so have had plenty of time to prepare for the visiting Broncos who play their fifth straight road game to open the campaign.  They are still looking for their first win.


Records: Broncos 0-4 – Huskers 3-1
Avg Points For: Broncos 9 – Huskers 42.5
Avg Points Allowed: Broncos 42 – Huskers 27.5

Passing Leaders: Clark Snider – 55 of 112, 741 yards, 3 touchdowns (Broncos) – Tyran Duval – 60 of 95, 947 yards, 7 touchdowns (Huskers)

Rushing Leaders: Cam Gregoryzk – 49 carries for 187 yards (Broncos) – Reece Wyke – 54 carries for 437 yards, 4 touchdowns (Huskers)

Receiving Leaders: Colton Meikle – 19 receptions for 334 yards, 2 touchdowns (Broncos) – Payton Lake – 19 receptions for 360 yards, 4 touchdowns (Huskers)

Leading Tacklers: Maxim Bosc – 18 tackles (Broncos) – Jaiden Claassen – 21 tackles (Huskers)