Photo courtesy of Louis Christ Photography
Former Saskatoon Hilltop running back Adam Machart (pictured) highlights the 2021 East-West Bowl roster recognitions announced Wednesday by the Canadian Football League.
The roster recognitions celebrate the next generation of top Canadian football prospects, with eight former CJFL standouts identified for the 2022 CFL Draft, following completion of the 2021 Draft on May 4.
For the next year, players from both squads will vie for coveted spots on the CFL Scouting Bureau Top 20 Prospects List – published in the fall, winter and spring – before showcasing their skills through virtual or in-person regional and national combines in advance of the Draft this time next year.
Machart earned 2019 Canada West Player of the Year and First Team All-Canadian honours and was a finalist for the Hec Crighton Trophy as U SPORTS regular season MVP.
The former CJFL players on the East-West Bowl rosters are:
James Parker of the VI Raiders
Brycen Mayoh of the VI Raiders and Westshore Rebels
Dawson Davis of Valley Huskers
Jayden Dalke of the Edmonton Wildcats
David Solie of the Saskatoon Hilltops
Adam Machart of the Saskatoon Hilltops
Donovan Burgmaier of the Edmonton Huskies
Ted Kubongo of the Calgary Colts
Good luck to all eight CJFLers.
A total of 11 CJFL players were invited to participate in the CFL’s virtual Combine this year with results due last weekend. Players were responsible to test themselves and submit their videos to the CFL for verification. Of those 11 players, eight fully completed the Combine events, while one could not participate due to an injury.
These results will help CFL scouts determine which players are a good fit for their respective teams. These 11 players are all hoping to hear their name called during the CFL Draft on May 4th.
No doubt this has been a very challenging year for all aspects of football and completing the Combine events was no different. That said, here are the impressive results:
|NAME||BENCH||40 YARD DASH||BROAD||3-CONE||SHUTTLE|
|Carter Comeau (Sun)||32||5.63||8' (UNV)||8.10||4.96|
|Nick Cross (Sun)||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|Luther Hakunavanhu (Wildcats)||7||4.63||10'2 1/8"||7.23||4.4|
|Keagan Hughes (Sun) <pictured>||11||5.10||9'4 3/8"||6.93||6.93|
|Isaiah Joseph (Hurricanes)||11||4.93||8'10 7/8"||N/A||4.50|
|Robbie Lowes (Thunder/Rebels)||20||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|Mojtaba Mehry (Fratmen)||18||5.90||7'11 1/4"||8.36||5.01|
|Hayden Nellis (Sun/Rifles)||21||5.33||9'1" (UNV)||7.56||4.56|
|Michael Ritchott (Raiders/Rifles)||14||4.73||9'3 1/8"||7.06||4.06|
|Lliam Wishart (Sun)||5||5.00||9'6 1/8"||7.33||4.26|
|Shaiheem Charles-Brown (Rams)||16||INJ||INJ||INJ||INJ|
One could argue that the most important position on the football field is that of an official. Without referees, umpires, line judges, field judges and others, games simply could not be played in the CJFL. However for their extreme importance, officials are often yelled at and verbally abused by coaches, players and fans alike, yet they continue to do an excellent job on the field.
The CJFL is proud to announce the first ever official to be given the honour of a CJFL Life Member Award.
Brian Small contributed a great deal to the CJFL on and off the field as a referee from 1983-2002. He was named the first ever Prairie Conference Referee-in-Chief and held that position for 19 years, stepping down just this past fall. He not only officiated games on the field during his career, but was also responsible for scheduling officials to be at all the other Conference games each week. Brian is a huge advocate for the sport of football and specifically officials.
He has had a distinguished career that has spanned more than 25 years and has officiated all levels of football including the CJFL and a stint in the CFL from 1993-1997 during the expansion to the United States. His resume is impressive officiating a Canadian Bowl, an Atlantic Bowl, a Hardy Cup and his final game, the 2002 Vanier Cup. Brian also served as the Referee-in-Chief for Canada West of USports creating training programs that both leagues continue to use.
Just prior to the 2011 Vanier Cup Brian was honoured with the Sydney Halter Award for his “Outstanding Contributions to Football Officiating” which included his extensive training program for the development of better officials. This award is not given out each year.
“Officials are always the unsung heroes of the CJFL,” says Commissioner Jim Pankovich. “I’ve known Brian for several years and his long-term commitment in developing new officials in Western Canada through various training programs has been outstanding. Brian helped create officiating standards in the CJFL when it comes to selecting which referees officiate our Canadian Bowl each season. We owe a great deal of debt to all of our officials each and every year as they not only make our game safer but they actually make it possible. Without our dedicated officials across the CJFL we wouldn’t be able to play. On behalf of the CJFL, I would like to congratulate and thank Brian for everything he has done for our game, this is well deserved.”
The CJFL Life Member Award is saved for an individual that has contributed a great deal to the CJFL and Brian Small certainly has done that. Officials today in Western Canada are much better trained and equipped thanks to his programs and love for Canadian amateur football.
Congratulations Brian Small.