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Following the Thanksgiving weekend the top 7 spots on the Power Rankings remain the same, however the bottom three have shifted around. The London Beefeaters have moved up to #8 after a dominating win while the Valley Huskers advance a spot to #9 and the VI Raiders fall to #10.
The Regina Thunder stay at #1 as they get set for a huge match-up with the Edmonton Huskies this weekend. Meanwhile the #2 St. Clair Fratmen are in a top 10 showdown with #7 Hamilton Hurricanes.
Plenty on the line this coming weekend across the CJFL.
Here’s the full list as the CJFL enters Week 9 of the regular season:
|1||Regina Thunder (6-0)||1|
|2||St. Clair Fratmen (5-0)||2|
|3||Langley Rams (5-0)||3|
|4||Okanagan Sun (5-1)||4|
|5||Saskatoon Hilltops (4-2)||5|
|6||Edmonton Huskies (4-2)||6|
|7||Hamilton Hurricanes (3-1)||7|
|8||London Beefeaters (4-2)||9|
|9||Valley Huskers (3-3)||10|
|10||VI Raiders (2-3)||8|
The CJFL is proud to announce the Football Canada Players of the Week following Week 7 of the regular season.
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Offensive Players of the Week
RB Derek Best – Langley Rams
The Rams running attack was solid on the weekend and was the driving force in their fourth win of the season. Derek Best led the way with 132 yards on only eight carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.
RB Boston Davidsen - Saskatoon Hilltops
In a massive game for the Hilltops on Sunday against the Edmonton Huskies with second place on the line Boston Davidsen was all business. He rushed 31 times for 221 yards and scored three touchdowns pacing the Hilltops to their fourth win of the season.
QB Michael Beale - St. Clair Fratmen
In leading his Fratmen to an impressive win on the road against the defending OFC champs Michael Beale was simply fantastic. He connected on 11 of 20 pass attempts for 308 yards and five touchdowns while also punching in another major on a goal line plunge.
Defensive Players of the Week
DB Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty – VI Raiders
On Saturday Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty had his best game of the season in the Raiders win over the Valley Huskers. He intercepted two passes and returned them for a total of 99 yards to complement his four tackles.
LB Austin Daisy – Calgary Colts
The Colts defence had arguably their best game of the season on Sunday led by linebacker Austin Daisy. He was punishing with 13 solo tackles and assisted on three others.
DL Craig Gonsalves - Quinte Skyhawks
Craig Gonsalves was a force to be reckoned with on the Skyhawks defensive front over the weekend. Despite the loss he had an exceptional game racking up five tackles, two sacks and also batted down three passes for a total of 22 defensive points.
Special Teams Players of the Week
R Mike O’Shea – Okanagan Sun
For the second time this season Mike O’Shea has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week after another stellar performance on Sunday. He returned five punts for a total of 116 yards highlighted by an 83-yard touchdown. He added two kick-off returns for 44 yards.
PK Austin Griffiths - Calgary Colts
When the Colts needed points on Sunday following a stalled drive kicker Austin Griffiths answered the call. He connected on 3 of 4 field goals attempts, and then was good on both converts, totalling 11 of the 26 points scored by the Colts.
K/P Jared Fernandez-Brown - Hamilton Hurricanes
In absolute treacherous muddy field conditions in Belleville, Fernandez-Brown proved to be a reliable weapon for the visiting Hurricanes as he was perfect on both of his field goal attempts and his only convert on the day. His directional punting limited the Skyhawks to only four returns on 10 punts for a meagre total of 17 return yards.
Photo courtesy of Matthew Hamilton
Saskatoon Hilltops 34
Edmonton Huskies 20
In perhaps the most important game in the CJFL this past weekend the defending champion Hilltops got the win they needed and now sit in sole possession of second place in the Prairie Conference.
Their running attack was key in this game gathering 285 yards most of which from Boston Davidsen who had the best CJFL game of his career with 31 carries, 221 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Damon Dutton was solid as well with 16 completions for 159 yards and threw a touchdown strike to Ethan Godson.
Konnor Johnson was again the best Hilltops defender with five tackles, an assist and intercepted a pass. Matt Wist had four tackles and recovered a fumble.
The Huskies struggled on Sunday allowing 17 first quarter points, a deficit they could not overcome. Offensively Declan O’Flaherty completed 26 passes for 306 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to De Shawn Le Jour and a four yard strike to Caleb Akerley. Le Jour hauled in a game high seven passes for 114 yards.
On the ground Alex Gayle pounded the rock 22 times for 119 yards and scored a third quarter major.
Both teams will receive a Thanksgiving bye this coming weekend. Following that the Hilltops (4-2) will host the Edmonton Wildcats (2-4) and the Huskies (4-2) will entertain the Regina Thunder (6-0).
Winnipeg Rifles 28
Calgary Colts 26
It was an incredibly exciting finish on Sunday in Winnipeg as the Rifles pick up their second win of the campaign.
Down 26-21 the Rifles had the ball on their own 52 yard line with 56 second remaining. They would march 58 yards for the winning touchdown on a third down 11-yard pass completion from Thomas Hubbard to Luke McMillan.
In all Hubbard threw three touchdown passes, a pair to McMillan and one to Sekina Scheibler and had 190 yards on the afternoon.
The Rifles defence also helped out and got on the scoreboard to open the game when Brayden Clarke recovered a fumble and rumbled 50 yards for a touchdown. Keyshawn Gaskin also picked off a pass and had four tackles.
The Colts let one slip away on Sunday as their defence forced five turnovers, including four interceptions. They also got a score when Darius Redhead who recovered a fumble and returned it seven yards for a touchdown.
Their only other touchdown was a 34 yard catch and run from quarterback Justin Verloop to Joel Pipke. Verloop finished with 222 yards on 17 completions.
After this weekend’s bye the Rifles (2-4) and Colts (0-6) will play the second half of the home and home.
Regina Thunder 44
Edmonton Wildcats 17
It was another dominating win for the CJFL’s top ranked team jumping out to a 41-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Carter Shewchuk returned to the line-up and completed 12 of 19 passes for 197 yards, finding Ryland Leichert, Rylan Sokul and Garion Miller for touchdowns.
Leichert was also dominating on the ground scoring two more touchdowns on 14 carries and 54 yards.
The Wildcats struggled moving the ball in the first half but finally saw some success after halftime. Back-up quarterback Jonathon Ericson threw a touchdown pass to Jacob Milhailides and running back Jayden Sak scored on the ground.
Both teams will enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend with family before resuming the season on October 17th. The Thunder (6-0) will visit the Edmonton Huskies (4-2) and the Wildcats (2-4) visit the Saskatoon Hilltops (4-2).