Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography
There has been some significant movement this week on the Top 10 Power Rankings including the Regina Thunder taking over the #1 spot. It's the first time the Saskatoon Hilltops are not #1 in recent memory after the Thunder beat them on a last second field goal. The Okanagan Sun and St. Clair Fratmen round out the top 3.
There are also two newcomers on the list this week.
Here’s the full list as the CJFL enters Week 5 of the regular season:
|1||Regina Thunder (3-0)||2|
|2||Okanagan Sun (2-0)||8|
|3||St. Clair Fratmen (2-0)||7|
|4||Saskatoon Hilltops (2-1)||1|
|5||Edmonton Huskies (2-1)||4|
|6||Langley Rams (1-0)||6|
|7||London Beefeaters (2-1)||5|
|8||Hamilton Hurricanes (2-1)||10|
|9||Valley Huskers (1-1)||-|
|10||Winnipeg Rifles (1-2)||-|
The Canadian Junior Football League is proud to announce the Football Canada Players of the Week following Week 4 of the regular season
Offensive Players of the Week
WR Mike O’Shea – Okanagan Sun
For the second straight week O’Shea is honoured with a Player of the Week award after winning the Special Teams last week. This past weekend O’Shea caught four passes for 94 yards and three touchdowns on route to a dominating win.
RB Alex Gayle – Edmonton Huskies
It was a terrific all-around game for Alex Gayle who touched the ball 22 times for a combined 153 yards in the Huskies victory. He rushed 18 times for 112 yards and a touchdown while also catching four passes for 41 yards.
RB Brendan McCraney – St. Clair Fratmen
In a big home win over the defending OFC Champion Beefeaters at a sold out Acumen Stadium, McCraney took a short pass 78 yards that left several Beefeater defenders grasping at air on his way to scoring the game winning touchdown with 36 seconds left in the game. In all, McCraney had five catches for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Defensive Players of the Game
DB Nathan Murray – Langley Rams
The Rams defence was stifling in their first win of the season and Nathan Murray was a big reason why. In two separate VI Raider drives Murray intercepted two passes and returned them for a combined 54-yards.
LB Brady Fossen – Saskatoon Hilltops
In a defensive battle on Saturday night Brady Fossen stood out for the defending champs. He collected five solo tackles, had an assist, a sack and forced a fumble.
LB Codey McRoberts – London Beefeaters
After winning the Special Teams Player of the Week award last week Codey McRoberts turned in another outstanding game. Despite the loss on the road to the St. Clair Fratmen, the talented linebacker flashed all over the field registering nine tackles and intercepted a pass and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown.
Special Teams Players of the Week
K Ethan Homan – Valley Huskers
When the Huskers needed to pin the Kamloops Broncos deep they turned to their punter. Ethan Homan punted eight balls for a combined 233 net yards. He also was perfect on two field goals knocking them in from 17 and 34 yards away. He was 4-4 in converts as well accounting for 10 of the Huskers 36 points.
K Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder
When you knock a game winning field goal in from 51-yards away with no time left on the clock, on the road you automatically clinch this award. That’s exactly what Eric Maximuik did for the Thunder snapping the Saskatoon Hilltops long winning streak. In all he connected on three field goal attempts and accounted for 10 of the Thunder’s 16 points on the night.
R Jevante Stanley – Hamilton Hurricanes
In ending any hopes for a Skyhawk upset on the road, Jevante Stanley returned a third quarter kickoff 110 yards for a touchdown for the hometown Hurricanes. In all, Stanley returned three kickoffs for 156 yards and also returned two punts for 23 yards.
Photo courtesy of Crazy Bees Photography
Okanagan Sun 62
Westshore Rebels 6
A dominating performance by the Sun in their first “home game” of the season, crushing the Rebels who played in their first game of the year. The contest was played in Chilliwack due to the ongoing pandemic and the restrictions in the Okanagan.
The Sun offence was led by a pair of familiar faces. Quarterback Dominic Britton completed seven passes for 159 yards and three more touchdowns, all of them to receiver Mike O'Shea. The Sun also scored twice on the ground behind Kaiden Banfield and backup quarterback Alex Douglas. Running back Malcolm Miller had another big game rushing 16 times for 114 yards.
The game actually started with a bang for the Sun when Matthew Sibley returned the opening kick-off 95 yards for a touchdown and the Sun never looked back.
The Rebels showed some first game rust especially on the ground collecting just 63 yards. Quarterback Colby Henkel who missed most of the 2019 season completed 19 passes for 174 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Michael Oliva.
This coming Sunday the Sun (2-0) will visit the Langley Rams (1-0) while the Rebels (0-1) will host the Valley Huskers (1-1) in their home opener.
Langley Rams 22
VI Raiders 1
Both teams played their first games of the season but unfortunately for the Raiders their brand new home field didn’t produce the outcome they were hoping for. It marked the first time the Raiders hosted a game "under the lights."
Most of the Rams offence was courtesy of the pass gaining 211 yards through the air. Quarterback Trey Jones completed 13 passes, two of which found Darian Pritchard for touchdowns. Running back Tate Williams scored as well on a one-yard TD plunge.
Defensively the Rams forced three interceptions off veteran Raiders’ quarterback Jake Laberge. Nathan Murray picked off two of those passes while Dawson Marchant had one. The Rams “D” held the Raiders to just 46 yards through the air and 88 on the ground.
This weekend the Rams (1-0) will host the Okanagan Sun (2-0) on Sunday while the Raiders (0-1) will look to rebound when they face the Kamloops Broncos (0-1) in Chilliwack.
Valley Huskers 36
Kamloops Broncos 15
The Huskers looked like a different team in their second game with a well balanced attack leading them to their first win of the season. Quarterback Josh Janssen threw for 111 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers. Mateo Tuioiti, Ethan Porter and Reece Morrison each caught a major while Brandon O’Connor also scored but used the ground game to get into the end zone.
Defensively the Huskers forced three interceptions, two of which by Chavis Spencer and the other from Nick Gilberto.
The Broncos were playing in their first game of the season and took a bit of time to shake off the rust. They ended up gaining more yards offensively than the Huskers combining for 276 net yards.
Running back Cam Gregorczyk galloped 94 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown. The only other score came through the air when quarterback Matthew Wilson found Ethan Schnerch from 21 yards out for a major.
This coming weekend the Huskers (1-1) will play their first road game when they visit the Westshore Rebels (0-1) on Saturday before the Broncos (0-1) face the VI Raiders (0-1) on Sunday.