The 2023 regular season comes to a close.
Westshore Rebels 59
VI Raiders 0
The top ranked Westshore Rebels finished the BC Conference regular season just like how they opened it, with a shutout of the VI Raiders.
Saturday night the Rebels dominated like they have done in all three meetings against the Raiders. Their passing attack was unstoppable with quarterback Te Jessie seeing limited action completing six passes, three of them for touchdowns. He finishes the regular season with an eye-popping 41 touchdown passes, a new CJFL single season record. Back-up quarterback Ethan Pickard also threw a touchdown pass in the win.
All-Star receiver Cairo Berry hauled in three of those touchdown passes and Ferrel Yakim-Kenfack caught the other.
On the ground Gerren Hardisty, Malik Gagne-Smith and Manny Mansaray each ran for a major. The ground game ate up 191 yards in total.
Defensively the Rebels held the Raiders to 127 yards on the offensive side and forced three turnovers. They also combined for five sacks.
The Rebels (10-0) complete the franchise’s first undefeated season and now prepare to host the Langley Rams (5-4) in a BC Conference semi-final set for Saturday afternoon. The Raiders (0-10) head back to the drawing board looking at 2024.
Okanagan Sun 46
Valley Huskers 7
The Sun clinched second place in the BC Conference and a home playoff date with an impressive win over the Valley Huskers on Saturday. They meet again next weekend in a semi-final.
Offensively the Sun were balanced with well over 200 yards on the ground and through the air. Running back Aiden Wieberg rushed for two touchdowns but Elelyon Noa carried the workload with 123 yards on 12 carries and a score. Meanwhile the aerial attack gained 296 yards with quarterback Hunter Norman throwing for 274 of those yards on 15 completions and threw touchdown passes to Noa and Ethan Marshall.
The Sun defence didn’t give the Huskers much room to work, holding them to 131 yards and eight first downs. They forced seven turnovers including three interceptions.
The lone Huskers points came in the second frame when Reece Wyke carried the rock into the endzone.
They now both prepare to face each other yet again on Saturday afternoon at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna in a BC Conference semi-final. The winner plays for the Cullen Cup.
Kamloops Broncos 41
Prince George Kodiaks 20
In the first ever “Rivers Cup Game” between the Broncos and Kodiaks, and the Broncos ran wild combining for 517 yards of total offence.
The ground game galloped for 298 yards, primarily using Cameron Grzegorczyk who rushed 34 times for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile in the passing attack quarterback Clark Snider completed 15 passes for 238 yards and found Colton Meikle three times for touchdowns.
On the other side, the Kodiaks offence didn’t start rolling until the second half after getting shutout in the first two quarters. In the second half running back Omarion Martin rushed for two touchdowns and Xander Shane rushed for another.
The Broncos and Kodiaks finish the regular season with identical 2-8 records and start to begin preparation for the 2024 season.