The CJFL and BC Conference (BCFC) are proud to announce their 2022 regular season schedule that will see the seven-member Conference open play on Saturday July 23rd with a full slate of games.
This season’s schedule is particularly exciting as the newly expanded Prince George Kodiaks will kick-off their inaugural season. Their first game will be on the road when they visit the Valley Huskers on the 23rd before their home opener on August 7th.
The defending Canadian Bowl champion Langley Rams will open their title defence at home when they host the Westshore Rebels while the Okanagan Sun visit the VI Raiders that afternoon.
The teams will play a 10-game regular season schedule concluding on October 8th. The Conference playoffs will open the following weekend with a pair of semi-finals before the Conference final Cullen Cup game scheduled for Saturday October 22nd.
The winner of the Cullen Cup will head to Ontario for the National Semi-Final on October 29th with the winner of that game playing for the 2022 Canadian Bowl in the Prairies. The last time a team from BC travelled to Ontario for a National Semi-Final was in 2013 when the VI Raiders beat the Windsor AKO Fratmen.
The Ontario Conference continues to work on their schedule and do anticipate releasing it in the coming weeks. The Prairie Conference released their schedule last week HERE.
The Okanagan Sun have announced their new head coach to lead the team into the 2022 CJFL season and beyond. Former player Travis Miller takes over after Jamie Boreham stepped down last week.
Miller was the offensive coordinator in 2021 as the Sun compiled a 7-1 regular season record scoring a BC Conference high 360 points, averaging 45 points each game. He saw running back Malcolm Miller achieve CJFL greatness winning the league’s rushing title with 1360 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named the CJFL Offensive Player of the Year becoming the first Sun player to be honoured since 2004.
The new head coach was an offensive lineman for the Sun playing five seasons from 2005-2009. He moved onto play at Acadia University in Nova Scotia from 2010-2011 then returned to his hometown of Grande Prairie. He decided to get into coaching and started at his alma mater guiding the Grande Prairie Composite High School Warriors. He took on the role of head coach and offensive coordinator and helped the school to a Tier 1 Provincial Bronze medal.
Miller talks with Ryan Watters under the CJFL Spotlight.
Photo courtesy of Shoot The Breeze Photography
The Okanagan Sun finished the eight-game regular season in 2021 with seven wins and had the highest scoring offence in the BC Conference. They fell to the eventual Canadian Bowl champion Langley Rams in the Cullen Cup final.
The Sun have graduated several key pieces from last year’s team, here is the Grad Class of 2021:
DL James Stockwood – he was an All-Canadian in 2021 gathering 16 tackles, had 1.5 sacks and had a knockdown
DL Kelon Thomas – a BC Conference All-Star who collected 7 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 knockdown and forced a fumble. He will play at a junior college in Texas in 2022
OL Daniel Townsend – he was an All-Canadian for the second consecutive season and will be sorely missed in the trenches in 2022
OL Newton Benson – he was the anchor on the offensive line blowing open running lanes for a potent running attack
RB Malcolm Miller – he won the CJFL rushing title with 1360 yards on 160 carries and had a BC Conference high 11 touchdowns
OL Liam Hamlyn – as the centre he was a key part on the offensive line and leaves big shoes to fill
WR Matthew Uriah – his size gave defensive backs issues when matching up at the line of scrimmage. In 2021 he made four receptions for 71 yards, averaging 17.8 yards a catch
DB/KR Donovin Small – his speed gave him an advantage in the secondary as well as returning kicks. He returned six punts for 130 yards and had a 54-yard return for a touchdown. He also intercepted a pair of passes, made 12 tackles, blocked a kick and collected three knockdowns
LB Matteo Marino – he compiled nine solo tackles, had five assisted stops, two interceptions, forced a fumble and recovered one
DB Cole Stregger – he was an important piece to the Sun defence in 2021 that gave up the second fewest points in the Conference
DB Jacob Stokker – his leadership qualities will be missed by the Sun in 2022