It’s a CJFL Way Back Wednesday! Each week we will dial it back and look at the highlights both on and off the field from the year.
The CJFL was five Conferences strong in ‘92 featuring the BC Conference (BCFC), Prairie Conference (PFC), Manitoba Junior Conference (MJFC), Ontario Conference (OFC) and the Quebec Major Junior Conference (QMJFC).
The road to the Canadian Bowl started with the Conference winners:
BCFC – Surrey Rams
PFC – Regina Rams
MJFC – St. Vital Mustangs
OFC – Ottawa Sooners
QMJFC – West Island Broncos
With five Conferences, three Inter-Conference Finals needed to be played to determine which two teams would battle for the national crown.
In the first game Surrey defeated Regina in a battle of two teams nicknamed the Rams; 21-10 which automatically gave Surrey a berth in the Canadian Bowl.
The Ontario champion Sooners beat the Quebec champion Broncos 34-10, then went onto stomp the Manitoba champion Mustangs 39-6 to set up a date with the Rams for the national title.
The Sooners continued to roll and smacked the Rams 35-18 in Ottawa in front of 3700 fans to win their fifth Canadian Bowl championship since 1908.
Rams’ head coach Nick Kawaza was named the Gordon Currie CJFL Coach of the Year, while Jermaine Haley of the Rams won the Defensive Player of the Year award. Simon Beckow of Victoria Payless was named the Offensive Player of the Year.
Off the field, 1992 was a leap year, Brian Mulroney was the Canadian Prime Minister and Batman Returns raked in $162,831,698 as the top grossing movie of the year. Boyz II Men took home the song of the year with End of the Road.
Meanwhile the Toronto Blue Jays won their first of two World Series getting past the Atlanta Braves and the Calgary Stampeders captured the Grey Cup with a 24-10 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Believe it or not, it was the first Stamps Grey Cup win in 21 years.
That was the year of 1992!
The inner workings of the CJFL will play out over Zoom over the next couple of weeks as members work from their homes covering a number of different topics.
Beginning this week the CJFL will host a number of breakout sessions over Zoom in an effort to get back on the field in 2021. Here is the schedule:
Tuesday November 17, 2020 @ 6:00pm PST – Competition Committee
Saturday November 21, 2020 @ 10:00am PST – Health & Safety of CJFL players
Tuesday November 24, 2020 @ 6:00pm PST – Media & Communications
Tuesday December 1, 2020 @ 6:00pm PST – Business Development
Photo courtesy of Matthew Hamilton
One of the offensive playmakers for the Winnipeg Rifles in 2019 was quarterback Riley Naujoks.
He completed a Prairie Conference high 154 passes on 290 attempts. Those completions racked up 2118 yards, second most in the Conference. He also threw nine touchdowns completing 53% of his passes.
He was also no stranger in scoring touchdowns on his own. He rushed for three majors on 35 attempts and gained 95 yards in all.
Check out some of his highlights...