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Top 10 Power Rankings

10/21/2021, 8:45am PDT

The 10 best across the country

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

Following a very exciting weekend the CJFL heads into Week 10 of the regular season which does see some movement on the Top 10 Power Rankings.

The Regina Thunder stay at #1 as they and the rest of the Prairie Conference will play their final games of the regular season.  Both the BC Conference and Ontario Conference still have two weeks remaining.

Still plenty on the line along with playoff positioning this coming weekend across the CJFL.

Here’s the full list as the CJFL enters Week 10 of the regular season:

Rankings Teams Last Week
1 Regina Thunder (7-0) 1
2 St. Clair Fratmen (6-0) 2
3 Langley Rams (6-0) 3
4 Okanagan Sun (6-1) 4
5 Saskatoon Hilltops (5-2) 5
6 London Beefeaters (4-2) 8
7 Edmonton Huskies (4-3) 6
8 Valley Huskers (4-3) 9
9 Hamilton Hurricanes (3-2) 7
10 VI Raiders (2-4) 10


Prairie Conference Summary

10/18/2021, 7:15pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Thunder, Hilltops and Colts score a Week 9 victory

Photo courtesy of Gord Mellor

Regina Thunder 45
Edmonton Huskies 42

It was arguably the best game of the CJFL season with the Thunder coming back to win in overtime to clinch first place in the Prairie Conference.   

Down by 16 points heading into the final frame the Thunder came roaring back and forced overtime where they scored nine points including a 35-yard game winning screen pass to Brayden Long.

In all quarterback Carter Shewchuk was solid throwing for 363 yards on 23 completions and had four touchdowns, three of which went to Rylan Sokul and the game winner to Long.  Sokul caught eight balls for 105 yards and Isaac Foord hauled in five for 83 yards.

Defensively Bobo Kisusari made eight tackles and recovered a fumble and Ryan Mills made a game high nine solo tackles and forced a fumble.

The Huskies let this game slip away gaining 576 total offensive yards against one of the top defences in the country.    

The return of All-Canadian running back Brandt Burzuk complimented Alex Gayle who is on pace for a possible All-Canadian nomination.  The dynamic duo combined for three touchdowns on 41 carries and 283 yards.  Meanwhile quarterback Declan O’Flaherty threw for 306 yards found Adner St. Hilaire for a touchdown and ran for one on his own.

The only quarter the Huskies were shutout in was the fourth, which proved disastrous as the Thunder mounted their comeback.

This coming weekend both teams will conclude the regular season with the Thunder (7-0) hosting the Calgary Colts (1-6) and the Huskies (4-3) hosting the Edmonton Wildcats (2-5) in a possible playoff preview.

Saskatoon Hilltops 44
Edmonton Wildcats 7

The Hilltops officially clinched second place in the Prairie Conference and a first round playoff bye with their weekend victory.

Offensively the Hilltops used almost everyone on their roster in their final home game.  They used three quarterbacks led by starter Damon Dutton who threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns.  Trey Reider saw his first action and was 6-6 for 90 yards and threw a major.   

A total of 10 different receivers caught passes led by Dillan Heintz who caught four balls for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns, all in the first half.  Noah Flaman and Josh Wiebe also had touchdown receptions.   Meanwhile on the ground Boston Davidsen scored twice on 17 carries.

The only defensive blemish was a second quarter touchdown.  Other than that the Wildcats had difficulty moving the ball.   Joe Yauise had an interception as did Dylan Cook and punter Doug Fleming got on the board with a pair of singles.

This Sunday the Hilltops (5-2) travel to meet the Winnipeg Rifles (2-5) while the Wildcats (2-5) will face the Edmonton Huskies (4-3).

Calgary Colts 23
Winnipeg Rifles 17

The Colts recorded their first win of the season on Sunday thanks in large part to an Yvenson Saintus interception with 20 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.

Offensively the Colts gathered 458 total yards including 300 through the air, mostly from quarterback Nick Kennedy who completed 22 passes for 276 yards and threw a touchdown to Brandon MacIsaac.  His favourite target was Shemar McBean who caught five passes for a game high 123 yards.   Kennedy also ran for a touchdown as did running back Ike Okafor.

The CJFL’s leading tackler Austin Daisy collected seven more tackles, a sack and an interception.

The Rifles on the other side saw a solid game from quarterback Bryson McNeil who completed 16 passes for 233 yards and hit Tim Solypa for a 24-yard touchdown strike.   McNeil also rushed for a touchdown of his own.

Linebacker Brayden Clarke had an outstanding game with seven solo tackles and an interception.

This weekend both teams will conclude their regular season when the Colts (1-6) visit the Regina Thunder (7-0) and the Rifles (2-5) host the Saskatoon Hilltops (5-2).

BC Conference Summary

10/18/2021, 11:30am PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The Rams, Sun and Huskers win in Week 9

Photo courtesy of Shoot the Breeze Photography

Langley Rams 34
Westshore Rebels 7

The defending Cullen Cup champion Rams continue to roll and stay undefeated after the lopsided victory on Sunday.

After using the running attack in most of their previous wins, the Rams did most of their damage offensively through the air using a pair of quarterbacks that combined for three touchdowns and 297 yards on 11 completions. Their favourite target was Daniel Kubongo who hauled in four passes for an incredible 222 yards, averaging over 55 yards a catch and caught two touchdowns.   Xavion Fleary added another touchdown.

Their Specials Teams also played a major role as Mario Johnson returned a kick-off 100 yards for a score.

Defensively the Rams were once again dominating giving up just 21 yards through the air, picking off three passes.

The lone Rebels touchdown came in the second quarter when Demar Hohnstein plowed into the end zone from a yard out.  Zach Lubin was the best offensive threat for the Rebels rushing 28 times for 119 yards.

This coming weekend the Rams (6-0) will welcome the Kamloops Broncos (0-6) on Saturday while the Rebels (1-5) host the VI Raiders (2-4).

Okanagan Sun 70
VI Raiders 25

The Sun scored early and often on Saturday night dismantling the Raiders for their sixth win of the season.

Running back Malcolm Miller is the first back in the CJFL to reach the 1000-yard plateau after another strong game carrying the rock 27 times for 295 yards and scored two more touchdowns.  He also caught a 17-yard major.   He has now chewed up 1272 yards this season setting a new Sun team record.

Quarterback Dominic Britton completed 12 passes for 288 yards and threw five touchdowns including a pair to Kyle Zakala and singles to Mike O’Shea, Kaiden Banfield and Miller.  Speaking of O’Shea he returned a missed field goal 125 yards for touchdown, which is the second longest in BC Conference history.

On the defence the Sun collected four sacks and held the Raiders to just 38 yards on the ground.

The Raiders on the other hand did most of their damage through the air as quarterback Jake Laberge completed 15 passes for 261 yards and connected on three touchdowns finding Maren Bradbrook, Dylan Pye and Marcel Grant.

This coming weekend the Sun (6-1) will enjoy a bye week while the Raiders (2-4) stay on the road and visit the Westshore Rebels (1-5).

Valley Huskers 15
Kamloops Broncos 0

The Huskers win their fourth of the season using a balanced attack against the winless Broncos.    Brandon O’Connor had 15 carries and scored a touchdown, as did Ebiye Okoko-Chomseng.

Defensively they would bend but not break and forced 10 turnovers including two interceptions from Jordan Chizda as they pitched a shutout.

This coming weekend the Huskers (4-3) enjoy a bye week in preparation of their final game, while the Broncos (0-6) visit the Langley Rams (6-0).