The Saskatoon Hilltops remain on top of the CJFL after a thrilling 11-6 victory over the Langley Rams on Saturday in the 112th Canadian Bowl.
The game was dominated by the defence. As a matter of fact the Rams didn’t allow a Hilltops touchdown and held them to only three points in the entire second half. The Hilltops gained 230 total yards while the Rams collected 209.
For the Hilltops All-Canadian kicker Rylan Kleiter hit two field goals in the second quarter and the Rams conceded a safety for their only scoring in the first half and led 8-0 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Rams finally got on the board with the game’s only touchdown. Maximilian Joseph scored on a one-yard touchdown run after a terrific drive by the Rams offence which also saw them convert two-third down plays.
In the fourth quarter Kleiter hit a 31 yard field goal to give the Hilltops a five point lead. The make was his third of the game and turned out to be the dagger.
Hilltops running back Ben Abrook was the main source of offensive punch carrying 27 times for 130 yards and was named the Offensive Player of the Game. Their passing attack never really got going collecting just 96 yards.
Over on the defence the Hilltops were fast to the ball on almost every play. Tristan Hering was named the Defensive Player of the Game with 2.5 sacks, had an assisted tackle and forced a fumble while Jesse McNabb had 1.5 sacks and two tackles. The CJFL Defensive Player of the Year Jadyn Pingue was also a force with six tackles and recovered a fumble. In all the defence collected five sacks.
The Rams meanwhile had opportunities in the second half however a pair of untimely holding calls stalled their offensive drives. They needed to use a pair of back-up quarterbacks after it was announced Duncan Little was unable to play due to an injury he suffered in the regular season. Colby Peters was excellent finishing 12 of 16 for 135 yards finding Jesse Walker six times for 93 yards all in the second half. He also rushed six times for 15 yards.
On the ground the CJFL Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year Andrew Pocrnic carried 16 times for 74 yards and didn’t get a chance to get into the open field.
The Rams defence was simply outstanding holding the Hilltops out of the end zone. Nathan Murray and Nick Sorace each had five tackles and Colton De Jong picked off a pass in the first quarter. No fewer than 10 players had at least two tackles and held the Hilltops passing game to just 96 yards.
The Hilltops era of dominance continues winning their sixth straight CJFL title and have won 12 national championships under head coach Tom Sargeant.
This is the lowest scoring Canadian Bowl since 1979 when the Ottawa Sooners beat the Regina Rams 13-9.
The 113th Canadian Bowl will be hosted in Ontario on November 14, 2020 and planning for the new CJFL season is already underway.
The Langley Rams host the Saskatoon Hilltops TODAY at 1:00pm in the 112th Canadian Bowl.
It’s the oldest Canadian football championship will see the Hilltops making their ninth trip to the national final in the last 10 years, while the Rams are making their second straight appearance. It’s the fourth time in eight seasons they meet.
The Canadian Bowl has seen some unbelievable moments and displays of true determination. In 2019 the National Championship game will be held in Langley at McLeod Stadium for the first since 2014.
The Prairie Conferences has won the last nine Canadian Bowls.
A quick glance at the 2019 Canadian Bowl:
Saskatoon Hilltops @ Langley Rams - Saturday November 16 @ 1:00pm – McLeod Stadium
Comparison in 2019
Record Regular Season – Hilltops 8-0 – Rams 10-0 – Playoffs Hilltops 3-0 – Rams 2-0
Points For – Hilltops 308 – Rams 453 – Playoffs Hilltops 112 – Rams 80
Points Allowed – Hilltops 125 – Rams 105 – Playoffs Hilltops 22 – Rams 27
Passing Leaders – Tyler Hermann – 123 of 192 (64%), 1908 yards and 17 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Duncan Little – 100 of 168 (59%), 1866 yards, 20 touchdowns (Rams)
Rushing Leaders – Ben Abrook – 199 carries for 1215 yards, 8 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Andrew Pocrnic – 163 carries for 1199 yards, 26 touchdowns (Rams)
Receiving Leaders – Connor Graham – 28 receptions for 599 yards and 6 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Khalik Johnson – 32 receptions for 569 yards and 9 touchdowns (Rams)
Leading Tacklers – Riley Keating – 34 tackles (Hilltops) – Cole Barron – 28 tackles (Rams)
Turnovers - Hilltops +14 - Rams +12
The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce their Outstanding Player Award winners for the 2019 season. The awards were handed out Friday night at the Banquet of Champions in Langley, BC.
The award winners are:
Gordon Currie CJFL Coach of the Year
Howie Zaron - Langley Rams – led the Rams to a perfect 10-0 record and their second straight berth in the Canadian Bowl. Three of his players were named CJFL All-Canadians
CJFL Rookie of the Year
Receiver/Returner – Harvey Mafuta – GTA Grizzlies – 18 receptions, 352 yards, 2 touchdowns, 14 kick-off returns, 394 yards, 1-109 yard touchdown, 11 punt returns, 199 yards, 1-65 yard touchdown, 29 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 5 special teams tackles, 1 knockdown, 3 interceptions
Larry Wruck Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year
Linebacker Jadyn Pingue – Saskatoon Hilltops – 29 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception
Peter Dalla Riva Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year
Running Back Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams – 163 carries, 1199 yards, 26 touchdowns, 18 receptions, 279 yards, 1 touchdown. He set a new CJFL single season record with 27 touchdowns scored
CJFL Past Commissioners Award
DL Caleb Haight – Saskatoon Hilltops
CJFL Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year
Murad Al-Katib – Regina Thunder
CJFL Life Member
Chris Swartz – Langley Rams
The 112th Canadian Bowl will kick-off Saturday November 16, at 1:00pm at McLeod Stadium in Langley BC.
Watch the pay per view Canadian Bowl broadcast HERE
Listen to the Saskatoon radio broadcast HERE