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Running Backs Week - Day 4

01/14/2021, 11:45am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Most Rushing Touchdowns, Career

The CJFL running backs week continues.

Scoring a touchdown on the ground is not easy.  It takes all the players on the field to correctly do their jobs as one collective unit.  One mistake or missed assignment could result in not getting into the endzone.

Arguably running backs score the most touchdowns in a regular season.   When in the red zone teams primarily try and run the ball in behind their offensive line.  No one has done that better in CJFL history then Andrew Harris who played for the VI Raiders from 2005-2009 and is now in the CFL.  

Harris holds the CJFL record for most career rushing touchdowns in the regular season, a record that could stand for a long time. 

Incredibly three of the five players in the top 5 in CJFL history played from 1989 until the early 90s.

The top 5 career leaders for rushing touchdowns in the CJFL are as follows:

1 – Andrew Harris (pictured) - 54 with the VI Raiders from 2005-2009

2 – Jaiden Smith – 51 with the Raiders, Valley Huskers and Victoria Rebels from 2002-2006

3 – Noel Chipman – 39 with the Okanagan Sun from 1989-1992

4 – Richard Boakye – 39 with the St. Herbert Rebelles from 1989-1991

5 – Dave Dinnall – 37 with the Burlington Tiger-Cats from 1989-1991

Each day this week, a new category will be highlighted.

Running Backs Week - Day 3

01/13/2021, 11:15am PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Most Rushing Yards, Game

Photo courtesy of Matt Hamilton

The CJFL running backs week continues.

Over the course of a game a running back can punish an opposing defence especially when the winning team wants to chew up the clock.

A good back usually gets stronger as the game goes on, learning a defence on each and every play.  Learning a defence’s weakness, which player are getting tired and where the offensive line will open up a hole. Running backs study the opposition real time while they are on the field slicing through defensive lineman and linebackers.  

Most games across the CJFL see a running attack combine to reach around 100 yards.  However there are some games where a running back completely dominates from the opening kick-off to the final buzzer.

Our top 5 CJFL leaders of rushing yards within a single game did just that.  Took control of the game and had their way with the opposing defence.  Just ask Edmonton Wildcat Levon Hawreliak who has two of the highest single game rushing attacks in CJFL history while former Westshore Rebel Greg Morris is the only rusher in CJFL history to hit the 400 yard plateau.

The top 5 leading rushers for a regular season game are as follows:

1 – Greg Morris - Westshore Rebels, 405 yards

2 – Levon Hawreliak – Edmonton Wildcats, 383 yards

3 – Jordon Samoil – Edmonton Wildcats, 365 yards

4 – Levon Hawreliak – Edmonton Wildcats, 363 yards

5 – Michael Ritchott (pictured) - Winnipeg Rifles, 358 yards

Each day this week, a new category will be highlighted.

Running Backs Week - Day 2

01/12/2021, 12:30pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Most Rushing Yards, Season

The CJFL running backs week continues.

During a regular season a running back’s body is often battered and bruised.  They get hit on almost every single play whether they are carrying the ball or pass blocking.

Getting through a complete regular season is impressive in itself, but to have success and be an impactful player is on a different level.   Then to reach the 1000 yard plateau puts that rusher in an exclusive group. The 1000 yard plateau in a regular season doesn’t happen every year.  For those that reach it obviously set themselves apart from the rest of the pack.   

In CJFL history only five rushers have taken the next step in yardage and reached 1500 yards in a regular season; the top two only needed eight games to reach it.

The top 5 leading rushers for a regular season are as follows:

1 – Tristan Jones – Edmonton Wildcats, 1,903 yards in 2006*

2 – Levon Hawreliak (pictured) – Edmonton Wildcats, 1,687 yards in 2013*

3 – Dean Jones – Edmonton Huskies, 1,666 yards in 1996

4 – Jamel Lyles – Westshore Rebels, 1,604 yards in 2016

5 – Matt Medwick – Chilliwack Huskers, 1,592 yards in 2000

*eight regular season games

Each day this week, a new category will be highlighted.