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Offensive Players of the Week
WR Alexander Bonnetplume – VI Raiders
For the second time in three weeks Alexander Bonnetplume has been honoured with this award. Over the weekend he hauled in a game high eight passes for 116 yards and caught two touchdowns in an important road victory.
RB Isaac McAlonan - Hamilton Hurricanes
In a dominant performance on the road, Isaac McAlonan repeatedly pounded the Grizzlies’ defensive front gaining chunk yardage on each of his 20 carries, three of which went for touchdowns. In all, he rushed for 148 yards and even had a reception coming out of the backfield for an additional 11 yards.
QB Damon Dutton – Saskatoon Hilltops
An outstanding performance by first year starter Damon Dutton who put a cap on the regular season on the road connecting on 28 of 37 attempts for 359 yards and threw three touchdowns.
Defensive Players of the Week
DB Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty – VI Raiders
Over the weekend the Raiders defence completely shut down the Westshore Rebels thanks in large part to the “ball hawk” skills of Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty. The veteran intercepted a pair of passes and returned them for a combined 52 yards and made two solo tackles.
LB Tyler Thompson - London Beefeaters
In sending notice to the rest of the OFC, Tyler Thompson and the rest of the his Beefeater defensive teammates reminded everyone that to take the Teddy Morris trophy they will have to go through the Beefeater defence. Of the 11 forced turnovers in the game by the Beefeaters, Thompson had two interceptions, one of which he returned 28 yards for a touchdown. In addition to his interceptions, he also chipped in with a solo tackle.
LB Cornelius Brown Jr - Quinte Skyhawks
As he has done all season long, the Skyhawks' uber-talented linebacker was a one man tackling machine. Brown Jr.’s nose for the ball had him taking down Hurricane ball carriers all afternoon as he wrecked up 13 tackles (11 solo) as well as scooping up a fumble for 19 yards for an impressive total of 26 defensive points.
LB Konnor Johnson – Saskatoon Hilltops
On the road in Winnipeg the Hilltops defence was led by Konnor Johnson who filled the stats sheet and came up with six solo tackles, an assisted stop, an interception and a knockdown.
Special Teams Players of the Week
R Jeffroy Ojong – Westshore Rebels
When the Rebels needed good field position on special teams they looked to returner Jeffroy Ojong who totalled five kick returns for 77 yards.
R Cliff Jerry Karinogh - GTA Grizzlies
In a game that had few bright spots for the GTA Grizzlies, one shining light was Cliff Jerry Karinogh whose kick and punt returns often provided the Grizzlies with favorable field position. He returned six kick offs for 118 yards and four punts for 48 yards.
R Declan Mullin – Edmonton Wildcats
In their final game of the regular season the Wildcats were helped on the scoreboard from their Special Teams when Declan Mullin returned a kick-off 99 yards for a touchdown, easily the most exciting play of the weekend. In all he returned seven kicks for 168 yards and that major.
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Regina Thunder 35
Calgary Colts 16
The Thunder completed the undefeated regular season with a lopsided win over the Colts on Sunday afternoon with 431 yards of total offence.
The ground game gathered 232 yards led by Brayden Long who chewed up 84 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. Back-up quarterback Zenon Orobko threw a touchdown pass to Munir Majien and kicker Eric Maximuik nailed four field goals.
The defence held the Colts rushing attack to just 59 yards but that said running back Ike Okafor did punch it into the end zone from a yard out. Quarterback Justin Verloop threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Shemar McBean in the third quarter. Both scores from the Colts happened in the second half.
On the Colts defensive side Andrew McKay was the brightest star with a game high 10 solo tackles and had three assists.
For the Thunder (8-0) it’s their first undefeated season since becoming the Thunder and have a first round bye into the Prairie Conference semi-finals. The Regina Rams had a perfect season in 1993. The Colts meanwhile (1-7) will finish sixth and will face the Edmonton Huskies (5-3) in the Conference quarterfinal this coming weekend.
Saskatoon Hilltops 32
Winnipeg Rifles 17
The Hilltops finished off the regular season in fine fashion collecting 488 yards of total offence on Sunday including 359 through the air. Quarterback Damon Dutton completed 28 passes and connected with Ethan Godson, Lachlan Horsley and Jon Chisholm for touchdowns. Godson hauled in eight passes for 132 yards.
Carter McLean also got into the end zone on 13 carries.
Defensively they forced six turnovers but did give up 339 yards through the air. Rifles’ quarterback Bryson McNeil completed 32 passes to eight different receivers and hit Everrett Findley for a touchdown.
Running back Sekina Scheibler ran for a second quarter touchdown.
The Hilltops (6-2) earned a first round playoff bye into the Conference semi-final while the Rifles (2-6) will host the Edmonton Wildcats (2-6) in the quarterfinals this coming weekend.
Edmonton Huskies 35
Edmonton Wildcats 27
The Huskies used a 28-point first half on route to their fifth win of the season. Quarterback Declan O’Flaherty completed 14 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to De Shawn Le Jour and the other to offensive lineman Carson Lethbridge from five yards out.
Running back Alex Gayle had another huge game with 125 yards on 22 carries and two scores.
The Wildcats on the other hand outgained the Huskies but still lost on the scoreboard. Their scoring highlight was a 99-yard kick-off return for a touchdown by Declan Mullin in the first quarter following a Huskies major.
Running back Jayden Sak had a nice game with two touchdowns and 83 yards on 13 carries.
This coming weekend both teams from Edmonton will play in a quarterfinal, the Huskies (5-3) will host the Calgary Colts (1-7) while the Wildcats (2-6) will travel to face the Winnipeg Rifles (2-6).
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Quinte Skyhawks @ London Beefeaters – Saturday October 23, 5:00pm – City Wide Sports Park | WATCH HERE
Head to Head
Records: Skyhawks 2-5 – Beefeaters 4-2
Points For: Skyhawks 167 – Beefeaters 215
Points Allowed: Skyhawks 264 – Beefeaters 114
Passing Leaders: Carter Stephen – 63 of 171 (37%) for 887 yards and 6 touchdowns (Skyhawks) – Clarke McCallum – 55 of 107 (51%) for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns (Beefeaters)
Rushing Leaders: Adam Misiewicz – 68 carries for 161 yards (Skyhawks) – Taz Bell – 43 carries for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns (Beefeaters)
Receiving Leaders: Brandon Robbins – 24 receptions for 310 yards (Skyhawks) – Mitchel Spence – 15 receptions for 308 yards and 5 touchdowns (Beefeaters)
Leading Tacklers: Burkley Banilevic – 29 tackles (Skyhawks) – Codey McRoberts – 17 tackles (Beefeaters)
Turnovers: Skyhawks -14 – Beefeaters +16
Kamloops Broncos @ Langley Rams – Saturday October 23, 4:00pm – McLeod Stadium | WATCH HERE
Head to Head
Records: Broncos 0-6 – Rams 6-0
Points For: Broncos 43 – Rams 149
Points Allowed: Broncos 277 – Rams 19
Passing Leaders: Clark Snider – 28 of 64 (44%) for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns (Broncos) – Trey Jacob – 36 of 73 (49%) for 588 yards and 5 touchdowns (Rams)
Rushing Leaders: Cam Gregorczyk – 80 carries for 291 yards and 1 touchdown (Broncos) – Joel Klassen – 62 carries for 498 yards and 1 touchdown (Rams)
Receiving Leaders: Ayden Cummins – 11 receptions for 151 yards and 3 touchdowns (Broncos) – Daniel Kubongo – 13 receptions for 385 yards and 4 touchdowns (Rams)
Leading Tacklers: Avery Dunster – 24 tackles (Broncos) – Kyle Clarot – 17 tackles (Rams)
Turnovers: Broncos -25 – Rams +16
Edmonton Wildcats @ Edmonton Huskies – Saturday October 23, 7:00pm – JP Bowl | WATCH HERE
Head to Head
Records: Wildcats 2-5 – Huskies 4-3
Points For: Wildcats 158 – Huskies 299
Points Allowed: Wildcats 237 – Huskies 168
Passing Leaders: Devin Desormeau – 76 of 142 (53%) for 991 yards and 8 touchdowns (Wildcats) – Declan O’Flaherty – 124 of 211 (59%) for 1962 yards and 16 touchdowns (Huskies)
Rushing Leaders: Nathan Zacharias – 94 carries for 549 yards and 3 touchdowns (Wildcats) – Alex Gayle – 127 carries for 802 yards and 10 touchdowns (Huskies)
Receiving Leaders: Lucas Howe – 18 receptions for 337 yards and 6 touchdowns (Wildcats) – Adner St. Hilaire – 31 receptions for 578 yards and 3 touchdowns (Huskies)
Leading Tacklers: Colton MacNeil – 23 tackles (Wildcats) – Maurice Dubois – 30 tackles (Huskies)
Turnovers: Wildcats -10 – Huskies +3
VI Raiders @ Westshore Rebels – Saturday October 23, 7:00pm – Starlight Stadium | WATCH HERE
Head to Head
Records: Raiders 2-4 – Rebels 1-5
Points For: Raiders 114 – Rebels 112
Points Allowed: Raiders 164 – Rebels 204
Passing Leaders: Jake Laberge – 83 of 163 (51%) for 1381 yards and 14 touchdowns (Raiders) – Colby Henkel – 78 of 149 (52%) for 1153 yards and 6 touchdowns (Rebels)
Rushing Leaders: Jason Henderson – 90 carries for 408 yards and 2 touchdowns (Raiders) – Zack Lubin – 76 carries for 445 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rebels)
Receiving Leaders: Alexander Bonnetplume – 20 receptions for 382 yards and 6 touchdowns (Raiders) – Kieran Poissant – 22 receptions for 435 yards and 2 touchdowns (Rebels)
Leading Tacklers: Gevhahn McNally-Hardisty – 31 tackles (Raiders) – Austin Morgan – 22 tackles (Rebels)
Turnovers: Raiders +3 – Rebels -14
Saskatoon Hilltops @ Winnipeg Rifles – Sunday October 24, 1:00pm – Maple Grove Park | WATCH HERE
Head to Head
Records: Hilltops 5-2 – Rifles 2-5
Points For: Hilltops 196 – Rifles 109
Points Allowed: Hilltops 118 – Rifles 234
Passing Leaders: Damon Dutton – 99 of 146 (68%) for 1169 yards and 9 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Thomas Hubbard – 59 of 115 (51%) for 627 yards and 5 touchdowns (Rifles)
Rushing Leaders: Carter McLean – 112 carries for 558 yards and 3 touchdowns (Hilltops)
Receiving Leaders: Ethan Godson – 22 receptions for 392 yards and 5 touchdowns (Hilltops) – Luke McMillan – 27 receptions for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns (Rifles)
Leading Tacklers: Matt Wist – 25 tackles (Hilltops) – Brandon Kamenz – 33 tackles (Rifles)
Turnovers: Hilltops +7 – Rifles -4
Calgary Colts @ Regina Thunder – Sunday October 24, 1:00pm – Leibel Field | WATCH HERE
Head to Head
Records: Colts 1-6 – Thunder 7-0
Points For: Colts 142 – Thunder 258
Points Allowed: Colts 277 – Thunder 128
Passing Leaders: Justin Verloop – 51 of 101 (50%) for 679 yards and 7 touchdowns (Colts) – Carter Shewchuk – 93 of 147 (63%) for 1494 yards and 14 touchdowns (Thunder)
Rushing Leaders: Ike Okafor – 85 carries for 385 yards and 2 touchdowns (Colts) – Ryland Leichert – 76 carries for 428 yards and 4 touchdowns (Thunder)
Receiving Leaders: Rylan Sokul – 37 receptions for 614 yards and 6 touchdowns (Thunder)
Leading Tacklers: Austin Daisy – 51 tackles (Colts) – Stephen Smith – 31 tackles (Thunder)
Turnovers: Colts -8 - Thunder +12
Hamilton Hurricanes @ GTA Grizzlies – Sunday October 24, 1:00pm – Centennial Stadium
Head to Head
Records: Hurricanes 3-2 – Grizzlies 0-6
Points For: Hurricanes 148 – Grizzlies 46
Points Allowed: Hurricanes 110 – Grizzlies 235
Passing Leaders: Ethan Belbeck – 68 of 134 (51%) for 1048 yards and 11 touchdowns (Hurricanes) – Alex Purvis – 19 of 40 (47%) for 244 yards and 1 touchdown (Grizzlies)
Rushing Leaders: Isaac McAlonan – 37 carries for 253 yards and 1 touchdown (Hurricanes) – David Lim – 34 carries for 141 yards and 1 touchdown (Grizzlies)
Leading Tacklers: Sebastian Gottfredsen – 16 tackles (Hurricanes) – Josh Amador – 21 tackles (Grizzlies)
Turnovers: Hurricanes -6 – Grizzlies -7