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There has been some more movement in the CJFL Power Rankings as Week 6 kicks off this weekend. The Regina Thunder stay at #1 after another thrilling victory while the St. Clair Fratmen and Langley Rams round out the top 3.
Here’s the full list as the CJFL enters Week 6 of the regular season:
|1||Regina Thunder (4-0)||1|
|2||St. Clair Fratmen (2-0)||3|
|3||Langley Rams (2-0)||6|
|4||Edmonton Huskies (3-1)||5|
|5||Okanagan Sun (2-1)||2|
|6||Saskatoon Hilltops (2-2)||4|
|7||London Beefeaters (2-1)||7|
|8||Valley Huskers (2-1)||9|
|9||Hamilton Hurricanes (2-1)||8|
|10||VI Raiders (1-1)||-|
The Canadian Junior Football League is proud to announce the Football Canada Players of the Week following Week 5 of the regular season
Offensive Players of the Week
QB Declan O’Flaherty – Edmonton Huskies
In just three quarters of play Declan O’Flaherty seemingly had his way in Winnipeg. He completed 25 passes for an incredible 442 yards and threw four touchdowns to four different receivers. He also spread the ball around to keep the Rifles defence guessing as eight different players caught a pass.
RB Brandon Owusu - GTA Grizzlies
Despite the loss, Brandon Owusu helped to power the Grizzlies rushing attack carrying the ball 19 times for 112 yards and was the main offensive punch scoring a pair of touchdowns.
QB Jake Laberge – VI Raiders
As a veteran quarterback Jake Laberge was able to bounce back in his second game of the season and showed how he can take over a game. On Sunday he was masterful completing 20 of 27 passes for 348 yards and threw three touchdowns in the Raiders first victory of the season.
Defensive Players of the Week
LB Ryan Mills – Regina Thunder
For the second straight week the Thunder defence needed to have a solid game against a very scary Saskatoon Hilltop offence. Ryan Mills was the anchor compiling 23 defensive points after making six solo tackles, assisting on eight others and picked up a sack in a massive home win.
DB Thomas Robinson - Quinte Skyhawks
As part of a secondary that limited the GTA Grizzlies to only two pass completions for 10 yards for the entire game, Thomas Robinson contributed three tackles on the day while also recovering two fumbles including one that was returned 13 yards for a touchdown in the Skyhawks history making victory.
DB Kyle Clarot – Langley Rams
In a bizarre game that included a stadium without power, the Rams defence was electric in their second win of the season. The veteran Kyle Clarot came up big with a game high seven tackles, had an assist and a critical interception.
Special Teams Players of the Week
K Eric Maximuik – Regina Thunder
For the second straight week the Thunder kicker found himself in a critical role against their rival the Saskatoon Hilltops. He was responsible for 12 of the Thunder’s 30 points after kicking three field goals, a couple of coverts and had a rouge. He combined for 10 kicks that would travel 633 yards and did a good job of flipping the field for the home squad.
K Connor Rafferty - Quinte Skyhawks
It was quite the day for the Skyhawks kicker connecting on all five of his field goal attempts and both of his converts. He was most impressive in punting the ball as he constantly flipped the field and pinned the GTA Grizzlies all day long. His eight punts grossed 207 yards yet the Grizzlies were not able to gain a single yard on any of the eight kicks.
K Ethan Homan – Valley Huskers
In a massive road victory on the Island, Ethan Homan played an important role. He connected on a pair of field goals and scored 10 of the Huskers 22 points. His eight punts bailed out the Huskers offence as he combined for 271 yards and had a rouge.
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Valley Huskers 22
Westshore Rebels 17
It was arguably the biggest upset of the weekend has the Huskers picked up a massive road win for their second victory of the season behind a good passing game and solid defence.
Quarterback Josh Janssen spread the ball around connecting with nine different receivers, completing 24 passes for 278 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Dylan Manocha. Receiver Mateo Tuioiti hauled in a game high seven receptions, gaining 73 yards, but it was Manocha who tallied 113 yards on six catches plus the score.
The Huskers ground game did just enough to balance the offence. Brandon O’Connor rushed 11 times for 34 yards and had a touchdown.
Defensively Teyonne Albert collected three sacks and Andy Ofosuhene and Chavis Spencer each picked off a pass.
The Rebels held a 14-8 lead at halftime but could only manage another three the rest of the way as their offence sputtered in the second half. Quarterback Colby Henkel did complete 17 passes for 284 yards and hit Kieran Poissant for a touchdown. As a matter of fact Poissant was his favourite target combining for 169 yards on five receptions.
Running back Bronxx Comia chipped in with 54 yards on nine carries and did score a touchdown.
This coming weekend the Huskers (2-1) welcome the Langley Rams (2-0) and Rebels (0-2) host the Kamloops Broncos (0-2).
Langley Rams 7
Okanagan Sun 0
It was one of the strangest games in recent memory as the game lasted only three quarters.
About 10 minutes before kick-off, a large section of the Township of Langley lost its power due to a motor vehicle accident that included McLeod Park Stadium that did not allow for the game clock or play clock to be displayed. One of the biggest problems, with the late start, was the lights at the field could not turn on which meant a four-quarter game turned into a three-quarter matchup that was squeezed into just over an hour and a half.
In the third quarter the field was almost dark. The only score of the game came in the frame when Rams quarterback Michael Calvert pitched the ball to Joel Klassen who rushed 33-yards for a touchdown. In all Klassen rushed 16 times for 115 yards.
With the Sun driving, in the dark, in the late stages of the third quarter they moved the ball down to the four-yard line and couldn’t punch it in as the Rams defence held. When the drive stalled, the game ended.
Defensively the Rams forced five interceptions, two of which from Beko Wande. They held the Sun passing game to just 117 yards.
This coming weekend the Rams (2-0) will visit the Valley Huskers (2-1) while the Sun (2-1) hit the road again for a date with the VI Raiders (1-1).
VI Raiders 39
Kamloops Broncos 7
The Raiders recorded their first win of the campaign dominating the Broncos behind a well balanced attack and a 21-point first quarter. Quarterback Jake Laberge had his best game of the season with 20 completions, 348 yards and three touchdown passes. His favourite target was Alexander Bonnetplume who hauled in seven of those passes for 146 yards and all three touchdowns.
Jason Henderson led the ground game with 27 carries, 136 yards and tallied two more touchdowns.
The Broncos offence struggled against the Raiders defence mustering only 193 yards. Their lone touchdown was a pass from quarterback Clark Snider as he found Ayden Cummins for the score.
This coming weekend the Raiders (1-1) host the Okanagan Sun (2-1) and the Broncos also travel to the Island to meet the Westshore Rebels (0-2).